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


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? 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.
    – dgo
    Mar 21 '13 at 14:19

Same question is here. https://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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