You cannot deploy favorites with URLs that contain the % character

Article ID: 967728 – Last Review: February 10, 2009 – Revision: 1.0

You cannot deploy favorites with URLs that contain the % character

Source: Microsoft Support

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Symptom

When you try to deploy favorites with URLs that contain the character ‘%’ (e.g., http://server/web%20for%20us/default.aspx), the favorites will not be applied to the clients.

 

This problem occurs when you deploy favorites with Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) or with Group Policy.

Cause

Information about favorites is stored in install.ins, which is an INI-file formatted text file. Install.ins preserves % characters for use as placeholders, which are resolved when install.ins is processed on the client.

More Information

In the install.ins file, you can use placeholders to specify part of a path, for example, %SERVER-URL%, and provide the value of the placeholder in the [Strings] section of the file.

 

Example file

[FavoritesEx]

Title1=Favorite.url

URL1=http://%SERVER-URL%/subweb/default.aspx

[Strings]

Server-URL=www.microsoft.com

 

When the file is processed on the client, the favorite is created with the name Favorite.url. It directly points to http://www.microsoft.com/subweb/default.aspx.

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APPLIES TO
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
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