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Thread: Reinstall/Fix Internet Explorer on Vista

  1. #1 Guest

    Reinstall/Fix Internet Explorer on Vista

    Hi, I'm having a few annoying problems with IE& on Vista, and I
    wondered if there was a way to reinstall the IE7 components.

    I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium edition (fully patched) and I
    have a number of issues that have existed possibly since the machine
    was built - i.e. I'm not sure it ever worked!

    The problems include:
    1. The Search tool bar doe not work, I can type in it - but
    pressing enter, or the search icon does nothing
    2. The drop-down list of "back history" does not appear ... the
    back button functions fine, but the drop down does not work
    3. Most annoying of all - downloads, or new windows that are
    invoked via script do not work, there are two different versions of
    this fault:
    a) the window will open and do nothing, but you can "stop"
    the page and press refresh -- and then it works fine.
    b) if the window is a pop-up the URL is not populated, and
    there is no way to stop / refresh ... in this case I have found no
    work around (other than firefox).

    The problem also exists in the "no add-ons" version - but I'm not a
    fan of add-ons anyway, so I only run Google toolbar.

  2. #2
    Tiberius Guest

    Re: Reinstall/Fix Internet Explorer on Vista

    get this: in order to repair ie7 on vista you have to repair the whole OS.

    Smart thinking from MS right?

    try the shortcut that launches IE7 with no plug-ins (add-ons)
    that you will find in the start menu as below:

    Start> All programs> accessories> system tools>
    Internet Explorer (No Add-ons)

    see if that lets Ie7 work...

    I would suggest you also downloading some antispyware like spybot search and
    and adaware (search for them both on they are free)
    as well as doing a scan with windows defender.

    tell me if any of this helps

  3. #3
    nizan Guest

    Re: Reinstall/Fix Internet Explorer on Vista

    I know some of you won't agree..but why don't you use 'Firefox'
    ( It's more safe and more

    I had a lot of issues with IE in the past and even though I talked to
    the Microsoft Support guys (which of course charged me for every
    ticket), I had to reformat my computer every single time.

  4. #4
    Tiberius Guest
    I use avantbrowser from and firefox

    avant is a shell for the ie engine... and has a far more usable interface
    than the stupid one they
    gave IE7 that is a peice of TRASH!!!!

    Personal preference, that is all.

    as above the no-addons version
    does not fix the issue, and spyware scans etc are clean. I think this
    maybe a total rebuild required. which would be a pain, especially
    since I don't know if this will fix the issue. I guess I can use the
    process to identify what "causes" the issue.

    Did it ever occur to you to try a system restore?

  5. #5 Guest

    Re: Reinstall/Fix Internet Explorer on Vista

    Well, I did it ... started from scratch and discovered that the root
    cause of the issue was an install for Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 -
    without this installed it works fine, installing it causes the issue.
    System Restore corrects it.

    I hope this is of use to someone else :)

  6. #6 Guest

    Re: Reinstall/Fix Internet Explorer on Vista

    I tracked the problem down to OneNote 2003 - after a rebuild of the
    machine, I installed OneNote and the problem re-occurred. and System
    restore fixed the issue.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2010

    Re: Reinstall/Fix Internet Explorer on Vista

    I installed Firefox and laerturne dof the machin and when I logged back on I go a add-on meeage for firefox I chicked yes - stupidly - and then I got the couldn't connect message, which has alos now gone to Internet Explorer. Anyone got any ideas to fix?

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