Just a quick fix to a computer problem that I encountered in the last days on an old computer system of a friend who was using Internet Explorer 6. Nothing happened when he clicked on mailto email links on websites and he did not know why this happened.
The expected behavior is to open the mail program that has been set as the protocol handler for these mailto: links.
He helped himself by copying the email address and pasting it into the email program manually. He asked me if I knew a way to make the mailto links work in Internet Explorer and I told him that I would take a look.
He did not like my first suggestion to change the browser which meant that I had to take a closer look at the reason to find out a solution that would help him out.
I did find the solution on the Troubleshooting Windows website. The suggestion was to open the run box and enter "regsvr32 /i mshtml.dll" first and after hitting return "regsvr32 /i shdocvw.dll". It magically worked thereafter without problems. Not sure if this is a general solution though.
Update: There is an easier option in newer versions of Windows that I would like to describe in the following sentences.
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