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Let's say I have links for two searches on the web: "search 1" and "search 2" on Google. The URLs would then be:

https://www.google.com/#q=search1
https://www.google.com/#q=search2

I create internet shortcuts for both of them, and place them in the same folder.

Now, I want to create copies of them. I copy the first shortcut and name it 1.url; if I double-click on it, I get "search 1". I delete this copy and create a new copy of the "search 2" link. I rename it again to 1.url. I double-click, but I get "search 1" again.

What's causing this behavior? Does Windows cache the URLs of .url (internet shortcut) files?

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It reproduces on Win Xp - when link is copied it somehow loses its extension. And it still opens... –  JleruOHeP Dec 19 '12 at 9:26
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I'm on Windows 8 and I was able to reproduce this behavior. Maybe make it a general Windows tag? –  Louis Dec 19 '12 at 9:27
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Reproduced on Windows 7. Same question on StackOverflow: Does Windows cache the contents of .url (Internet Shortcut) files? –  Indrek Dec 19 '12 at 9:33
    
Does it happen with any browser set as default? –  Karan Dec 21 '12 at 2:55
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Have you looked in the registry at the MRU keys? This is one easy to view place where windows caches recently run programs. I don't recall the key location, but a google search should find it. –  user1167442 Mar 21 '13 at 14:19
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Same question is here. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3329139/does-windows-cache-the-contents-of-url-internet-shortcut-files/15340839#15340839

Windows Caches your filenames in the MUICache which can be found in the registry.

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