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I just ran Fred Langa's test on my IE 6-SP2 browser and it diagnosed a problem in my browser with targeting. The suggestion is that I uninstall the browser and do a clean reinstall of internet explorer. Can anyone give me specific instructions on how to do this as I am a little confused. I have a restore disk only so I am unable to restore just the browser portion.

Can I download it from Microsoft and then is there anything in particular that I should be careful of before uninstalling the old version and reinstalling a new one? I wanted to try repairing Internet Explorer, but when I looked in the add/remove section of the control panel I do not see "Internet Explorer" listed. I do have a listing called "Windows XP Service Pack", but I don't think that is the same thing. :whistling:


Win XP
230 Ghz Celeron
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512 RAM

Edited by Ginmay, 27 June 2006 - 11:19 AM.

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fully uninstallling IE....isn't a very easy thing to do...try this instead...it's a repair of IE

Repair Internet Explorer 6

A number of XP users have reported situations with Internet Explorer 6 becoming corrupted and reporting a number of different errors. While there is certainly no guarantee, the two procedures listed below have restored functionality to IE6 for many users experiencing problems.

Note: Both methods listed require that the Microsoft Windows XP CD-ROM be available.

Method 1: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x Repair for Windows XP

From the Start menu, select Run.
In the Open field, type sfc /scannow (Note: There is a space between sfc and /scannow)
Select the OK button.
Follow the prompts throughout the System File Checker process.
Reboot the computer when System File Checker completes.

Method 2: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x Repair for Windows XP

From the Start menu, select Search, select All Files and Folders.
Select More Advanced Options and place a checkmark beside Search Hidden Files and Folders option.
Ensure that Search System Folders and Search Subfolders are also checked.
In the All or Part of the File Name box, type ie.inf
In the Look In drop-down menu, select C: or the letter of the hard drive that contains the Windows folder.
Click the Search button.
In the search results pane, find the ie.inf file located in Windows\Inf folder.
Right click the ie.inf file and click Install on the context menu.
Reboot the computer when the file copy process is complete.

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 318378 How to Reinstall or Repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP
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:whistling: Thanks for your quick reply.

I didn't think it would be too easy to reinstall Internet Explorer. Since I do not have a Win XP disk (only have a restore disk) I think I will have to pass on the reinstall.

I'm not sure if the browser is my problem. I am having trouble opening some of the websites that I previously have been able to negotiate without a problem. I get a "Cannot open that page" error. I tried emptying my browser and also tried the ping test since I thought it might be a connectivity problem but that checked out okay.

If you have any other suggestions I would be happy to try them. Thanks for your help.

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