Links in will not open a new window or tab in Windows 7 IE8

I see all over that this is a problem for many in Windows 7.
Clicking a link on a web page that should open a new window or tab just stalls.  Nothing happens.  I have tried changing the UAC settings, security settings, re-registering the dlls, no plug-ins, no pop-up blocker, and etc to no avail.
Something interesting I have found, however:
1.  Open IE8 with protected mode on
2.  change to protected mode off and do not restart the browser
3.  click a link that should open a new window, it works!
4.  well, it works only very temporarily, then it stops working and IE will quickly resume the protected mode off setting... then the new windows will not open again.
This needs a fix in a bad way.  How about a real solution?

Running with fresh install of Windows 7 RTM Ultimate 32-bit.

My workaround is to right click the link, copy shortcut, open new tab, paste shortcut.... this is getting old

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Last updated October 11, 2018 Views 285,866 Applies to:
> I used Onyxxl's batch file.

A slight correction: this file was provided by me ;-) And there is a new
version of it that caters better for the different Windows versions.
Please use this and distribute only the link to that page and not any old
stuff, thank you. The only official link is:;cat=42&id=133&artlang=en


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