Sounds like one of those fixes to try if all else fails!!
To be honest, In my own experience I've never seen it fail to do the job. It's kind of odd though. One day mine will work with it checked and the next I have to go in and uncheck it. The thing always ends up checked again sometime down the road. Funny thing is though, when it does, it doesn't always mess up the way windows open from links in OE. It'll be working just fine again with it checked and then one day, things don't work and I have to uncheck it again (and the cycle starts all over again
) . It's not a constant thing that I have to do every day. It might last a week or it might last a month or two. I just had to do this very thing again this morning. I've seen the same thing on a lot of other computers.
If I have the "reuse windows" thing in IE unchecked other shortcuts seem to open as they should. Seems like it's only OE that doesn't want to cooperate. I don't know about the computers I've fixed this way because I never really bothered to check that end of it out. I could be wrong but I think I've had this problem with every version of windows since win95. I know for sure it did the same thing in win98. They're seems to be now rhyme or reason to it. I gave up trying to figure out why it does it. If I had to do it every day it would be different but I can live with it the way it is.