More Tips on Repairing IE - Windows XP Internet Explorer Problems
Another step to identity Internet Explorer problems while repairing IE is to associate it with problems caused when you try to use some special application from within Internet Explorer. Some of the most common Windows XP Internet Explorer problems are: IE8 shuts down while at Print Preview; Internet Explorer 8 shuts down when you are searching; or Internet Explorer does not download anything. In all the above cases, you can see IE calling third party applications. For example, when you are trying to print from IE, you are initiating the printer (drivers) and when you are downloading something, you initiate the download manager.
You can go about repairing Internet Explorer in Windows XP when you call a third party application by checking the compatibility of the third party component with your copy of Internet Explorer. Make sure you have the latest application that goes well with IE. If the application is outdated, or if you are using its latest version on stale browsers (eg IE6), you are calling for trouble. Keeping both IE and "IE related applications" - updated - is an important part of maintaining and repairing Internet Explorer.
In some cases, the problem is known. One example is Internet Explorer won't print or Internet Explorer shuts down at Print Preview if you have HP SmartPrinting technology turned on. Other applications such as Roxio and SuperNova are not compatible with IE8. You can check with the manufacturers of these products to get a patch for repairing Internet Explorer in Windows XP. Similarly, you can check for patches for other programs if you feel that IE is giving you problems due to these programs.
If none of the above works, the best thing you can do for repairing Internet Explorer is a reinstall. If you are using the default version (IE6) or IE7, I strongly recommend you try Internet Explorer 8. In many of my previous articles, I had asked people to install IE8 using Windows Updates instead of using a downloaded installer. With major search engines bringing in optimized versions of IE8, "Internet Explorer 8 optimized for Google" is the most stable browser you can get instead of the standard MS IE8.
Performing a Clean Install of IE8: If you already have IE8 or IE7, remove it using Add/Remove programs. If it does not appear there, chances are you installed it prior to installation of Windows XP SP3. In this case, you have to uninstall SP3 as well, so that you can uninstall IE. Prior to installing IE8, turn off your antivirus and firewall as they mistake temp installation files with Trojans and could give you a corrupt IE8 again. In this case, you will get the message that IE8 is installed but when you try to open it, you get IE6. You can turn them ON again once you are finished with installation.
This article listed the most common troubleshooting steps for repairing Internet Explorer in Windows XP. Please note that a reinstall is the last resort but often works to solve most Windows XP Internet Explorer problems. For any doubts or clarifications on repairing Internet Explorer or Internet Explorer problems, you can always use the comments section to get into touch with me!
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