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Repair Internet Explorer

By: Arie Slob

In previous Windows versions, if you wanted to repair Internet Explorer, you would go to Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel, choose the listing for Microsoft Internet Explorer and press Change/Remove. This would bring up a Window where you could select to repair Internet Explorer. This is not an option in Windows XP. Internet Explorer is listed in the Add/Remove Windows Components part of Add/Remove Programs of Windows XP, but you can only remove access to Internet Explorer from the Start menu and Desktop.

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The only way to repair Internet Explorer is to have sfc check the system files by running the command sfc /scannow from the Command Window (Start > Run > cmd).

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If a repair doesn't do the trick, you can try a reinstall:

  1. Start the Registry Editor
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Active Setup \ Installed Components \ {89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383}
  3. right-click the IsInstalled value, and then click Modify
  4. Change the value data, from 1 to 0
  5. Close the registry editor
  6. Download and install Internet Explorer 6.

The above will let you reinstall the Internet Explorer 6 browser component. To reinstall Outlook Express 6, change the IsInstalled value from the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Active Setup \ Installed Components \ {44BBA840-CC51-11CF-AAFA-00AA00B6015C}

Note: You need to be logged on as an administrator to be able to change these registry keys.