IE6 Broken After IE7 Beta 2 Uninstall, always opens new windows!

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Trebor, Mar 20, 2006.

  1. Trebor

    Trebor Guest


    I've searched around for this and I can't seem to find anyone having the
    same problem.

    I installed IE7 2 days ago to see how our company intranet ran under the new
    version, and basically it didnt, so I need to go back to using IE6 on this
    computer, and set up a proper test PC with IE7, so I proceeded to uninstall
    IE7 from this computer, which all seemd to go well.

    I re-booted after the uninstall, loaded up IE, and sure enough IE6 loaded
    up, but now whenever I open a link from my favorites, links bar, history or
    google toolbar (even search in the google toolbar) IE always opens a new

    To counter this, I went into IE's options, and the advanced tab, anc checked
    "Reuse windows for launching HTTP shortcuts" thinking this would make IE use
    the current window, but that seems to just make IE crash, as after changing
    that setting, every IE window I open is unresponsive, then it seems to open
    another window, seemingly by itself, both of which do not respond to mouse
    clicks (although I can alt+tab between them.

    Has anyone come across this before?
    Trebor, Mar 20, 2006
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  2. Hi Trebor,

    No, I haven't come across it, but as for solutions:

    Have you tried System Restore? If not, try that, if that doesn't work... try
    removing IE via the Add/Remove Windows Components and reinstalling.
    Rous and Associates, Mar 21, 2006
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  3. Trebor

    StratNAV_CPO Guest

    I have something close to the same thing going on . . . .

    If I use the icon on the desktop IE, it opens with the home page then I
    click a link from my favorites, links bar, or history to a new web page it
    would open a blank page and lock up - had to use Task Manager to kill IE. If
    I uncheck the 'Reuse windows for launching HTTP shortcuts' and open IE using
    the desktop Icon it works, and opens a new Window like it should. Also the
    Internet Options via the Tools is IE does not work (error message - This
    operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer.
    Please contact your system administrator.), but works for right click on icon
    and through the Control Panel.

    I found iexplore.exe in Windows/ServicePackFiles/i386. If I use this file IE
    works (opens new links in the same window) with the exception that I can not
    access Internet Options via the Tools in IE - same error message.

    I have also tried to reinstall SP2 - no luck. I keep getting 'access denied'

    Any one have a suggestion on how this could be fixed?

    Thank you for your time,
    StratNAV_CPO, Mar 23, 2006
  4. Have you tried removing IE completely, and reinstalling it?
    Rous and Associates, Mar 23, 2006
  5. Trebor

    StratNAV_CPO Guest

    Remove IE - I did not think one could remove IE once you have installed SP2.
    I did remove it via the 'Add/Remove Windows Components' rebooted - installed
    again through the 'Add/Remove Windows Components', but no change in the
    problem. If it is possible to remove IE6 SP2, please let me know I would like
    to try that.

    I also looked at, but the registry
    edit works for IE6 SP1. For SP2 - one has to use the auto update and my
    computer has SP2 so the auto update says I am good to go. I did download the
    Network Installation Package for Windows XP SP2 (200+Mb file) and that update
    was giving me the 'access denied' window (even in safe mode with Network
    Support under Administrator account).

    I also tried what said. Method 1
    - Computer said everything is good. Method 2 asked for some files - found
    them in i386 and Windows/ServicePackFiles/i386 - both methods did not work.

    StratNAV_CPO, Mar 23, 2006
  6. Rous and Associates, Mar 23, 2006
  7. Trebor

    Trebor Guest

    I found some instructions on the web for removing IE6, and did that, but that
    screwed everything up and I could no longer get into my machine, it would
    boot up, but before I saw the welcome screen, there was a message saying
    something about msgina.dll, and the only option is gave was to restart. I
    tried extracting some files from the CD (msgina.dll etc...) but it still
    didn't fix it, so I then proceeded with a repair install of windows, but that
    bombed out halfway through, leaving my system now 100% unusable, so I
    reinstalled proper.

    I could not do a system restore before because I had it turned I
    think i''ll leave it turned ON in future!!!!!

    Thanks for your help.
    Trebor, Mar 23, 2006
  8. Trebor

    StratNAV_CPO Guest

    Well . . . you know those people that ‘know just enough to be dangerous’ - I
    think I just put myself in that category.

    A long time ago I felt that SP2 was operating very well on my computer and
    no longer needed the uninstall info ($ntservicepackuninstall$) so away it
    went into the trashcan.

    Yep I am kicking myself right now in the . . . . (must and this to my
    ‘things never to do on the computer’ – do not delete service pack uninstalls
    – no matter what)

    I guess I now have 3 options –
    1. wait until IE7 is out of beta and install it (cross fingers and hope it
    2. if there is going to be a SP3, install that (same above)
    3. pull out the good old system restore disk that came with computer and
    have fun (cross fingers and hope it will repairs the system and not reinstall
    the system)

    Thanks for your help
    StratNAV_CPO, Mar 23, 2006
  9. Rous and Associates, Mar 23, 2006
  10. Trebor

    StratNAV_CPO Guest

    Great - thanks!!

    I will give it a try and see what happens

    StratNAV_CPO, Mar 23, 2006
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