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Clicking download link does nothing at all.
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There are some websites where clicking the link for a download does nothing. There is no error message, no download, nothing at all. One some sites, when I click the link. a new tab opens and immediately closes. On another, the browser tab's icon spins for an instant then stops. One site even brought up the after-download instructions popup, even though no download happened.

When this happens, if I right-click the link, select "Copy link address", manually open a new tab, paste the link into the new tab's address bar and press enter, then the file downloads. The tab itself remains blank.

Here's a page where it happens:
Scroll down to "Earlier releases", "Windows 8.1 SDK" and click the link to the right "INSTALL SDK". When I do this, the browser tab icon spins for a fraction of a second then stops, and nothing else at all happens.
Right-click, "Copy link address" gives me: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=323507
So I wonder if it has something to do with links that forward to a download.
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Hi there,
 
Thank you to report this!
A workaround is to open the download URL in Chrome incognito mode. And press the enter key.
 
It can be a protection function because you download an exe file.
 
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Stefan
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Thanks David, that explains it.

Although the page for the workaround seems to be gone. Clicking the link just takes me to https://support.google.com/. Opening a new tab and pasting the link into the address bar takes a second or two, then also goes to support.google.com. There isn't any error message like "the page doesn't exist" or anything, only the line about a limited team due to Covid-19.
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Sorry Marc, fixed that link!
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please help i can't play any games i like😭
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