Giving Up on IE7

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by fvultee, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. fvultee

    fvultee Guest

    It's a sad day, as I'm giving up on IE7. I've already installed FireFox and
    have to say it's been pretty seamless so far. Two reasons I'm giving up on

    1. When the IE icon disappeared from the desktop, that really irked me.
    When the registry patches didn't work, and the special .msi from MS didn't
    work, and I had to stare at a shortcut to the original .exe and had no right
    click context menus anymore, I was irritated.

    2. Now FTP doesn't work in IE7. It used to work, and after pouring through
    all the "solutions" in this forum, nothing works. I can't even connect to an
    ftp server on my LAN through IE nor Explorer. FireFox works just fine for
    every site so far.

    Sad sad...
    fvultee, Nov 24, 2008
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    Leonard Grey Guest

    So, did you have a question for your fellow Internet Explorer users?
    Because that's what this newsgroup is about: users helping other users
    with their questions about Internet Explorer. There are better places to
    moan and rant.
    Leonard Grey
    Errare Humanum Est

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    Leonard Grey, Nov 24, 2008
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  3. fvultee

    fvultee Guest

    Incorrect. When you post in this forum titled "Internet Explorer General"
    you can select "comment" or "question". Clearly I did not select "question",
    instead made a "comment". Perhaps you didn't notice when you made your
    posted reply to my "moan and rant".
    fvultee, Nov 24, 2008
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    Leonard Grey Guest

    In fact, this is a public newsgroup. When you view it through a web
    interface, any features of the web interface are part of the interface,
    not the newsgroup.
    Leonard Grey
    Errare Humanum Est

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    Leonard Grey, Nov 24, 2008
  5. Those buttons are meaningless, the only sorta work on the clunky web
    interface to this newsgroup, which is actually nntp Usenet that you are
    seeing a poor rendition of. Use OE or WLM to access Usenet.

    FTP works in IE7 you just have to push one more button and then log fine I use it all the time.

    Rob Giordano
    Microsoft MVP Expression
    Rob Giordano [MS MVP], Nov 24, 2008
  6. Please state your full Windows version (e.g., WinXP SP3; Vista SP1) when
    posting to this newsgroup.

    A1. The Internet Explorer icon is missing from your desktop (Revised 22

    A2. What solutions have you tried?

    How to troubleshoot network connectivity problems in Internet Explorer
    [ignore APPLIES TO section if you're not running Vista or IE7]
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Nov 24, 2008
  7. fvultee

    fvultee Guest

    Hello PA Bear,

    I have Windows Vista Home Premium SP1. I've tried the solutions in that
    link you provided below, and those include making my own regfile an importing
    the data, running the automatic fix on that page by running the .msi, etc. I
    am using the classic start menu, however the fix doesn't make the IE desktop
    icon appear in either start menu configurations. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance,


    fvultee, Nov 25, 2008
  8. Try the REG file on this page:

    NB: Log-on as Administrator before attempting to merge the file with your

    Given the issues you've described so far, you might have other and worse
    issues to deal with, however.
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Nov 26, 2008
  9. fvultee

    fvultee Guest

    Well, I merged that .reg file with administrator rights and it made no
    difference either. It seems no matter which reg patch I apply, the icon
    won't reappear. I have verified that those keys are already in the registry
    as well. As for the "other problems", aside from some minor things here and
    there my Vista Home Premium is rock solid. No crashes (aside from when I
    play a specific game), no freezes, no random reboots, no bluescreen. All in
    all, very positive, but this icon thing is irking me.

    fvultee, Nov 26, 2008
  10. I dunno about that. The fact that FTP is no longer working is fairly
    indicative of "other problems."
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Nov 26, 2008
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    fvultee Guest

    Well, I'm assuming that this signifies the end of things I can try to fix
    this issue? Probably the next recco is the dreaded reformat/reimage. Tis a

    fvultee, Nov 26, 2008
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    Joelsch Guest

    Hi FVultee,

    Please send e-mail to or visit 'Fix It For Me
    blog' ( with your contact information
    and allow us to assist you with this issue. We'd like to know root
    cause so we can make the MSI package account for all scenarios,
    including yours.

    Joelsch, Nov 26, 2008
  13. Who are you?
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Nov 26, 2008
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    Joelsch Guest

    Hi PA Bear (and all),

    My name is Joel, and I work in Customer Service and Support at
    Microsoft. My team is responsible for the creation of the Fix It!
    technology that you will begin to see in our support assets (Windows
    Error Reporting, Knowledge Base articles, etc.) We have worked hard to
    design the fix package to account for all scenarios, and obviously this
    is one we did not account for and would like to get more information so
    we can correct it and include this configuration.

    Please visit our blog at http://blogs.technet/com/fixit4me to learn
    more about our efforts here.


    Joelsch, Nov 27, 2008
  15. Hi Joel and thank you for your support.
    Then it's better to place the [MSFT] tag in your nickname here in the MS
    newsgroup ;-)


    Vincenzo Di Russo
    Microsoft® MVP - Most Valuable Professional since 2003
    Windows Internet Explorer, Windows Desktop Experience & Security
    My MVP Profile:
    My Blog:
    Vincenzo Di Russo [MVP], Nov 27, 2008

  16. It might be a security program blocking the Registry change it needs to
    make. A few, but not all, of the programs now doing this are:
    Ad-aware's Ad-Watch
    IBM Access Connections
    McAfee VirusScan and/or Antispyware
    Norton AV
    Spyware Blaster
    Spybot> Tools> IE Tweaks
    Spybot- Teatimer
    Spyware Doctor
    Windows Defender
    Zone Alarm (free) 6.5 Reported to be fixed in later versions.

    In the case of Zone Alarm 6.5 or Norton 2007 it actually has to be
    uninstalled. Make sure the Windows Firewall is turned on until you
    reinstall Zone Alarm.

    Boot into Safe Mode with Networking and try the change.
    Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM, Nov 27, 2008
  17. Thanks. What Vince said. Besides using the [MSFT] tag, we're used to Blue
    Badgers posting in newsgroups using an @(windows.) alias.

    Why so you post via and not Vista's default Windows Mail

    Why does call the Vista-specific newsgroups "forums"?
    ~Robear Dyer
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Nov 27, 2008
  18. On the misssing IE icon... just a thought, if you have TweakUI
    installed, make sure you haven't set it to hide that icon from
    your desktop. Assuming you are using XP, also try going to your
    control panel > Internet options > advanced > reset.
    LuDean Marvin, Nov 27, 2008
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    fvultee Guest

    I don't know exactly who he is but his technet and microsoft links are valid
    and the MS site references his blog directly. I wrote him back but haven't
    received a response yet. Hopefully he can create an MSI that fixes my issue
    as well.

    I rebooted in Safe Mode and applied the registry patch however this still
    doesn't fix the issue. I confirmed that the registry keys in the patch are
    indeed merged already into my registry.

    fvultee, Dec 1, 2008
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    fvultee Guest

    Just a quick follow-up 3 days later. I wrote this guy (below) and never
    received a response, so who know's if he's legit or not. Either way, problem
    still not fixed.
    fvultee, Dec 5, 2008
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