Troubleshooting Internet Explorer to Avoid Reinstallation
If Internet Explorer is not functioning properly, chances are that the Internet Explorer settings are incorrect. This problem may also be attributed to missing or damaged files that support the browser. These also include the add-ons for Internet Explorer. Before you go for a total reinstallation of your browser, it is recommended that you try to troubleshoot Internet Explorer first to fix the problem.
If the Internet Explorer settings are incorrect or add-ins go corrupt, the problem of Internet Explorer crashing or freezing can be fixed through the following steps:
- Close all open windows of Internet Explorer.
Open a fresh window of Internet Explorer, and click on the Tools menu.
In the dialog box that appears, select the last tab named Advanced (see figure).
The last button in the Advanced page of the Internet Options Dialog is named Reset. Click on the button.
Resetting the IE browser settings restores your Internet Explorer to the state when you installed it. This means that it removes all additional add-ons that were added to the Internet Explorer either intentionally or unintentionally. Most applications add their own plug-ins, such as the Adobe Suite, which adds a PDF Convertor.
Please note that the Reset operation resets every user setting in Internet Explorer except the Favorites folder. After completing the Reset operation, check to see if your Internet Explorer is functioning properly. If yes, then there is no need for reinstallation of Internet Explorer.
If the above step does not solve the problem, you will have to reinstall Internet Explorer. It is recommended that you install the latest version of Internet Explorer as it offers much more stability and more security. The current best versions of Internet Explorer are Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8. The default version installed with the installation of Windows XP is Internet Explorer 6.
Note: Sometimes installation of Windows XP service pack 3 helps to fix Internet Explorer problems. You may want to give it a try before opting for reinstallation of Internet Explorer.