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Internet Explorer Won't Start in XP

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June 7, 2009 7:39:16 PM

A couple of days ago, the shield appeared in my system tray wanting
to install updates. It was either wanting to upgrade IE7 to IE8 or else
I already had IE8 and it was trying to install an IE8 update, not sure
which. In any case, after I allowed it to install its updates, I have not
been able to get IE to start.

I have tried invoking IE every way I can think of - from the shortcut on
my desktop, from Start -> Run, going into My Computer and navigating
to the executable, from a hyperlink in one of my Eudora emails - nothing
seems to work. When I try to run IE, the Windows pointer changes to
an hourglass for a short time, then turns back to the pointer and nothing
else happens.

I did a Google search for this problem and tried several of the recommended
fixes but nothing has worked. Things I have tried so far:

- restarted the machine
- registered several DLLs
- checked Task Manager for iexplore.exe after I try to invoke it. Not there.
- reverted back to IE7
- did a full system scan in Norton Anti Virus. Nothing found.

I know I can use another tool like Firefox, but I would really rather get this
working. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,
Robert

June 9, 2009 2:26:20 PM

Likely there is an add-on stopping it from starting up, like a corrupt java, adobe reader, spybot, etc. Try going into your internet explorer options, manage add-ons and disable one at a time until either it opens or they are all disabled. Start with the likely culprits like I listed, anything you installed that didn't come with internet explorer.
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October 28, 2009 5:13:38 PM

what service pack do you have installed?
July 8, 2010 9:35:31 PM

BonkersConkers said:
try uninstalling IE, then downloading IE installer from microsoft homepage, fixed it for me
There are also some other possible causes http://explorer.wont-open.com


{start} {set program access and defaults} {custom} {right drop down} {internet explorer} {ok}

You want IE and not FireFox to be your default. This doesn't preclude you from having a desktop shortcut to FireFox.

The only drawback is that if you click on a hyperlink in an email, it will be browsed by IE. Feh.
July 9, 2010 5:01:32 AM

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