Posts Tagged ‘Windows 7’

General failure. The URL was: “”. The system cannot find the file specified.

April 28, 2009 1 comment

Clicking links in Outlook 2007 mail with Firefox installed on Windows 7 x64 (b7100) was giving me an error:

General failure. The URL was: “<insert url here>”. The system cannot find the file specified.

Found a few “fixes” for this problem including deleting the data from the (Default) String in HKCR\FirefoxHTML\shell\open\ddexec. Another one was to change the default browser directly from the “Set Your Default Programs” area of the control panel. One other suggestion was to change the URL file type association.

My problem, specifically, wasn’t just that I was getting there error window, but also that the link wouldn’t load.

The solution that finally worked for me:

  1. Exit Outlook, IE and Firefox (and Live Communicator since it has hooks into Outlook)
  2. Make IE the default browser
  3. Run the Firefox installer to reinstall Firefox
  4. Make Firefox the new default browser

After this, I opened Outlook and links worked perfectly again.


Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information.

April 27, 2009 15 comments

I was installing Windows 7 (build 7100) on my workstation to check it out today. At the drive selection screen during install, I tried to select the 2nd primary partition on my hard drive, but received an error:

Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information.

The solution was easy; just disconnect all other hard disks in the system and restart setup. I sure hope MS fixes that before RTM.

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Pandora Sidebar Gadget on Windows 7 x64

April 27, 2009 1 comment

Brad Greco has a great Pandora Sidebar Gadget for Vista/Windows 7. There is a problem running this gadget on the x64 flavors though; Pandora requires Adobe Flash, and Adobe Flash is currently 32-bit only…at least until Adobe Flash 10 is released.

The fix: Run the 32-bit version of sidebar.exe instead.

The x64 version of sidebar.exe is stored in C:Program FilesWindows Sidebar and the x86 version is stored in C:Program Files (x86)Windows Sidebar

Fire up regedit and drill down to HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun. Right click “Sidebar” and choose “Modify”. Change the value data to “C:Program Files (x86)Windows Sidebarsidebar.exe” (no quotes).

Next time you reboot, the 32-bit version of sidebar will run at startup and the Pandora Gadget will run.

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