IE6 misbehaving, please help!

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Texas Tomato, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. Texas Tomato

    Texas Tomato Guest

    I had to uninstall IE7 Beta 3 because my HP printer/scanner wouldn't work
    with it.

    IE6 is misbehaving terribly and I can't figure out what's wrong. Here's
    what it's doing:

    1. When I click on the mail envelope, "Read mail" works but "New Message,"
    "Send a link," and "Send page" don't work. Outlook Express doesn't come up
    at all.

    2. When I click on Help>About Internet Explorer, it just brings up a small
    blank page.

    3. When I click on Tools, two lines are missing. It looks like this:

    Mail and news >
    [blank] > [blank]
    [another blank]
    Synchronize ...
    Windows Update
    Windows Messenger
    Roboform Toolbar
    Save Forms
    Fill Forms
    Sun Java Console
    Internet options

    4. When I click on Favorites>Organize, it just brings up a small blank
    page, same as #2.

    5. When I click on certain links in my Favorites, IE6 just disappears with
    no warning. I have to open it again and start over.

    I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling, but IE6 does not appear in my
    Add/Remove Programs. I tried using Add/Remove Internet Components, but it
    just seemed to reinstall with the exact same errors. I tried using The Elder
    Geek's recommended IE6 repairs to no avail. Anybody have any idea why this
    is happening and what I can do to fix it? I know just enough to be very
    dangerous if I were to go into the registry and try to change something.
    Thanks so much.
    Texas Tomato, Jul 9, 2006
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  2. Texas Tomato

    Jerry Guest

    I'm not an expert at this by any means. I don't know how you have
    your computer set up, but I have an Administrator account which I only
    use to set things up and then my User Account which I use when I go
    online to browse and instant message, etc. My User Account does not
    have Administrator privileges, so whenever I want to do something like
    uninstalling IE 7 B3, I have to be logged in to my Administrator
    Account. Do you have a setup similar to mine? If so, go to your
    Administrator Account and try uninstalling IE 7 from there. If you
    did a successful uninstall of IE 7, IE 6 should be up and running.

    If that doesn't help, then if I were in your shoes, I'd look to see if
    I had any System Restore points available which would bring your
    computer back to before you installed IE 7 B3. If not, I'd go to and re-install IE 6 over the top of the malfunctioning
    one. If that didn't work, I'd start to consider having to re-format
    and re-install XP.

    I know that I am not an expert, and maybe somebody else can offer
    better advice. Good luck with the problem.
    Jerry, Jul 9, 2006
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  3. Texas Tomato

    Jerry Guest

    I forgot to mention that the FireFox browser ( is a great
    little browser and it's free. IE 7 is playing catch-up to the FireFox
    Jerry, Jul 9, 2006
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