General Failure, Class not registered

On my 32 bit machine runing Windows 7, Outlook 2010, I suddenly cannot click on links in emails succesfully. The error message is "General failure. URL was: "[whatever]". Class not registered." 

I ran SFC Scan with no problems revealed and no improvement. Any ideas?


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Last updated March 8, 2019 Views 38,770 Applies to:

Tried all the fixes. Stuck with this issue now.


Started with update install of IE 10 which would not allow anything to download.


Uninstalled IE 10, then IE 9 wouldn't download. Deleted temp files, reset IE, made sure it was default browser, ran Fixit to stablize IE, defragged, chkdsk, etc, etc, etc. So when I unisatlled IE 10 and got IE 9 back but sysfunctional, then Outlook kept asking for profile and wouldn't accept outlook as the default.


Called MS for the no download issue in IE 9 & 10, and they said I had tried everything they could think of... so, try to fix by reinstalling Windows 7 pro SP1 was suggested.


It took all day to reinstall plus inumerable updates. With the repair install I had IE 8. So I updated to IE 9. Now Outlook 2010 doesn't ask for profile. Yay! IE 9 will download. Yay!


But... Outlook 2010 will not open URL's because of general error URL class not registered. Another problem with no answer. I ran repair install of Office 2010. No help. Tried all the fixes listed here, no help.


Oh, and IE 10 as a solution to fix does not work for me because the windows update install for IE 10 fails every time.


Would love to have some answers... That work...

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