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Internet Explorer Repair Tool


Internet Explorer includes a new Repair tool, which can be used to diagnose and possibly fix problems with Internet Explorer 5. This tool has the following features:

  • Identify problems with Internet Explorer caused by the presence of files that are out of date
  • Fix problems caused by the incorrect or incomplete registration of Internet Explorer files
  • Restore or repair the desktop or Start Menu shortcuts for Internet Explorer that have been deleted or do not function properly

To access the Internet Explorer 5 Repair Tool:

  1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel, then double-click Add/Remove Programs
  2. On the Install/Uninstall tab, click Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 and Internet Tools, click Add/Remove, click the Repair Internet Explorer option, and then click OK

Windows 98 Second Edition does not contain an entry for the ierepair tool in the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel.

Windows 98 Second Edition removes the Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 and Internet Tools option because Internet Explorer is integrated with Windows 98 Second Edition and cannot be uninstalled (the ierepair option is available only from the Internet Explorer 5 Uninstall dialog box).

Internet Explorer Repair Tool

If the Repair tool detects an error, it may generate the following error message or one similar to it:

Internet Explorer 5 cannot be repaired.
Please reinstall Internet Explorer 5.

If you then click Details, you may receive an explanation for the problem.

Note: The result of the repair process is logged in the Fix IE Log.txt file in the \Windows folder.

The checks done by the Repair tool vary slightly depending upon the operating system you are using.

To see a list of checks Performed for Windows 95 / 98 & Windows NT (x86 & Alpha), see Microsoft's Knowledge Base Article No. 194177.

When you install the new Internet Explorer 5.01, you will also have the Repair function in Msifo32.

To start the Internet Explorer repair tool from MSinfo:

  1. Select Start > Run, type msinfo32.exe in the Open box, and then click OK
  2. After the Msinfo32.exe tool opens, select Internet Explorer Repair Tool from the Tools menu.

MS Info32

If Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 and Internet Tools is not listed in Add/Remove Programs, it may be possible to start the Repair tool from the command line:

  1. Select Start > Run
  2. In the Open: box, type:
    Note: Make sure to select the full text, then press the [Ctrl] and [C] key (at the same time), put your cursor in the Open: box and press the [Ctrl] and [V] key (again at the same time). This will copy the text in the Open: box.

  3. Click OK