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Internet Explorer Intercepts the FTP Command (All Windows)

When you enter a FTP command such as "FTP ftp.microsoft.com" Internet Explorer may launch instead of the DOS based FTP program.

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To disable this behavior, open your registry and find the key below, then delete the value of "ftp".

To re-enable, create a new string value called "ftp" and set it to equal "ftp://".

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|ftpREG_SZ"ftp://"|
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|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion...|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\URL\
Prefixes]
Value Name: ftp
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value Data: ftp://

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Last modified: April 4, 2002