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Magnet links not working in any browser.


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The problem:

Magnet links simply do not function regardless of browser, or bittorrent client. Furthermore despite uTorrent being properly associated with .torrent files it does not appear as a "default program". And finally the entire Magnet protocol does not appear as an option under Set Associations within the control panel.

Interestingly the Magnet key within HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT properly points to utorrent and Chrome acknowledges this on first attempt to open the magnet link after deleting "magnet": false, from the Local State file. However, after hitting launch application nothing happens. Internet Explorer does not react in any way.

Attempted solutions:

  • Uninstalled/Reinstalled multiple bitorrent clients.
  • Repeatedly deleted "magnet": false, from the Local State file for Chrome (With the browser closed of course.)
  • Completely deleted and recreated the entire Magnet key and all subkeys from HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.

Additional detail:

  • Running Windows 8 64-bit.
  • Issue occured out of the blue, no previous problems with magnet links prior.
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/Magnet/shell/open/command points correctly to "C:\Users\****\AppData\Roaming\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe" "%1"
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