How to perform a Windows XP Repair Install if Internet Explorer 7 or 8 Installed

In this blog post I will describe how to perform a Repair Install for Windows XP if Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 is installed.

Uninstall Internet Explorer before performing a Repair Install

One should try to uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 before attempting a repair installation of Windows XP. There are two methods you can use, one is using the Add / Remove Programs applet and the other is using the Recovery Console if you cannot uninstall Internet Explorer by using the Add / Remove Programs applet.

Method One – Add / Remove Programs

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.

    NOTE

    The Add / Remove Programs applet should open.

  4. If Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 is listed then click the Remove button.

Method Two – Recovery Console

  1. Start the computer in the Recovery Console, refer to “How to Start the Windows XP Recovery Console” blog post for instructions.
    • Windows Internet Explorer 8
      1. Type CD ie8\spuninst.
      2. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
      3. Type batch spuninst.txt.
      4. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
    • Windows Internet Explorer 7
      1. Type CD ie7\spuninst.
      2. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
      3. Type batch spuninst.txt.
      4. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  2. Type EXIT on your keyboard to restart the computer.

Uninstalling Internet Explorer if a Repair Install of Windows XP has been Performed

If you have performed a Repair Install for Windows XP and Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 is installed then Internet Explorer may not function or function correctly. You will need to uninstall Internet Explorer using one of the described scenarios.

Check What Service Pack is Installed after a Repair Install

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type winver in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.

    NOTE

    In the About Box, the Service Pack level for Windows XP will be listed. If there is no Service Pack listed then Windows XP has no Service Pack installed.

If Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3 is Installed

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.

    NOTE

    The Add / Remove Programs applet should open.

  4. If Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 is listed then click the Remove button.

    If Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 is not listed in the Add / Remove Programs applet then follow the appropriate directions.

    1. Start the computer in the Recovery Console, refer to “How to Start the Windows XP Recovery Console” blog post for instructions.
      • Windows Internet Explorer 8
        1. Type CD ie8\spuninst.
        2. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
        3. Type batch spuninst.txt.
        4. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
      • Windows Internet Explorer 7
        1. Type CD ie7\spuninst.
        2. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
        3. Type batch spuninst.txt.
        4. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
    2. Type EXIT on your keyboard to restart the computer.

If Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3 is not Installed

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl on your keyboard.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard

    NOTE

    The Add / Remove Programs applet should open.

  4. If Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 is listed then click the Remove button.

    If Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 is not listed in the Add / Remove Programs applet then follow the appropriate directions.

    1. Start the computer in the Recovery Console, refer to “How to Start the Windows XP Recovery Console” blog post for instructions.
      • Windows Internet Explorer 8
        1. Type CD \Windows\ie8\spuninst.
        2. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
        3. Type batch spuninst.txt.
        4. Press ENTER on your keyboard
      • Windows Internet Explorer 7
        1. Type CD \Windows\ie7\spuninst.
        2. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
        3. Type batch spuninst.txt.
        4. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
    2. Type EXIT on your keyboard to restart the computer.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows XP Editions

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How to Uninstall Internet Explorer 8 from Windows XP

You may need to uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 8 from Windows XP for various reasons. In this blog post I will describe how to uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 8 in a few different scenarios.

Add / Remove Method

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.

    NOTE

    The Add / Remove Programs applet should open.

  4. Locate and select Windows Internet Explorer 8.
  5. Click Remove to uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 8.

  6. Click Next in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard window.
  7. Click Finish to restart your computer and complete the uninstall process.

Command Prompt Method

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type %systemroot%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe on your keyboard.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Click Next in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard window.
  5. Click Finish to restart your computer and complete the uninstall process.

System Restore Method

  1. Open System Restore, refer to “How to Restore Windows XP to an Earlier Time with Windows XP System Restore” blog article for directions.
  2. Select Install Windows Internet Explorer 8 in the System Restore windows. Refer to Image below.

  3. Click Next to start the System Restore process.
  4. Click Next to confirm the System Restore point being used and continue the System Restore process.
  5. If the System Restore is successful then a message will indicate System Restore was successful when the computer has restarted.

Safe Mode Method

Add / Remove Method

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.

    NOTE

    The Add / Remove Programs applet should open.

  4. Locate and select Windows Internet Explorer 8.
  5. Click Remove to uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 8.

     

  6. Click Next in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard window.
  7. Click Finish to restart your computer and complete the uninstall process.

Command Prompt Method

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type %systemroot%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe on your keyboard.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Click Next in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard window.
  5. Click Finish to restart your computer and complete the uninstall process.

System Restore Method

  1. Start the computer in Safe Mode, refer to “How to Start Windows XP in Safe Mode” blog article for instructions.
  2. Open System Restore, refer to “How to Restore Windows XP to an Earlier Time with Windows XP System Restore” blog article for directions.
  3. Select Install Windows Internet Explorer 8 in the System Restore windows. Refer to Image below.

  4. Click Next to start the System Restore process.
  5. Click Next to confirm the System Restore point being used and continue the System Restore process.
  6. If the System Restore is successful then a message will indicate System Restore was successful when the computer has restarted.

Recovery Console Method

  1. Boot to the Windows XP Console, refer to “How to Start the Windows XP Recovery Console” blog article for instructions.
  2. At the Recovery Console prompt, type CD ie8\spuninst.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Type batch spuninst.txt.
  5. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  6. Type EXIT on your keyboard to restart the computer.
  7. If you are able to login then proceed with one of the following steps:

Add / Remove Method

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.

    NOTE

    The Add / Remove Programs applet should open.

  4. Locate and select Windows Internet Explorer 8
  5. Click Remove to uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 8.

  6. Click Next in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard window.
  7. Click Finish to restart your computer and complete the uninstall process

Command Prompt Method

  1. Type %systemroot%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe on your keyboard.
  2. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  3. Click Next in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard window.
  4. Click Finish to restart your computer and complete the uninstall process.

System Restore Method

  1. Open System Restore, refer to “How to Restore Windows XP to an Earlier Time with Windows XP System Restore” blog article for directions.
  2. Select Install Windows Internet Explorer 8 in the System Restore windows. Refer to Image below.

  3. Click Next to start the System Restore process.
  4. Click Next to confirm the System Restore point being used and continue the System Restore process.
  5. If the System Restore is successful then a message will indicate System Restore was successful when the computer has restarted.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows XP Editions
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Internet Explorer 8 released today for Windows Vista – March 19, 2009

On Thursday, March 19, 2009, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 on the Download Center Microsoft for Windows Vista.

NOTE

This articles does not show Windows Vista Security Updates. Please review MSFT Security Updates blog category for Windows Vista Security Updates.

How Do I Get Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista

Download Center

  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista, 32-bit versions – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista SP1, 32-bit versions – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista, 64-bit versions – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista SP1, 64-bit versions – Download Now

Internet Explorer 8 Overview, Release Notes, FAQs and System Requirements

Overview

Release Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

System Requirements

Updating your Windows Vista System

Please keep your computer up to date with Critical and Important updates by using the Windows Update feature in Windows Vista (refer to Checking for Updates on Windows Vista Manually blog article for help) or by visiting Microsoft Update. If you experience any problems with Microsoft Security updates then please call Microsoft support for help. There will be no charge for support on Security Updates.

Microsoft has set up newsgroups for self-support. If you need help for Security updates or any other updates that is issued by Microsoft then please visit the Windows Update newsgroup at using your newsreader news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate.

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Internet Explorer 8 released today for Windows XP – March 19, 2009

On Thursday, March 19, 2009, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 on the Download Center Microsoft for Windows XP.

NOTE

This articles does not show Windows XP Security Updates. Please review MSFT Security Updates blog category for Windows XP Security Updates.

How Do I Get Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP

Download Center

  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP SP2 – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP SP3 – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP, 64-bit versions – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP SP2, 64-bit versions – Download Now

Internet Explorer 8 Overview, Release Notes, FAQs and System Requirements

Overview

Release Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

System Requirements

Updating your Windows XP System

Please keep your computer up to date with Critical and Important updates by using the Windows Update feature in Windows XP or by visiting Microsoft Update. If you experience any problems with Microsoft Security updates then please call Microsoft support for help. There will be no charge for support on Security Updates.

Microsoft has set up newsgroups for self-support. If you need help for Security updates or any other updates that is issued by Microsoft then please visit the Windows Update newsgroup at using your newsreader news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate.

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Internet Explorer and Windows XP Service Pack 3

Before you install Service Pack 3 for Windows XP, you should read the Internet Explorer blog article "IE and Windows XP Service Pack 3". The blog article describes the different scenarios if you have Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7 installed when you install Service Pack 3 for Windows XP.

My Recommendations

Internet Explorer 6 Installed

If you have Internet Explorer 6 installed then I would recommend Service Pack 3 for Windows XP to be installed first then Internet Explorer 7.

Internet Explorer 7 Installed

If you have Internet Explorer 7 installed then I would recommend uninstalling Internet Explorer 7 first, install Service Pack 3 for Windows XP second and then install Internet Explorer 7. With this scenario, you will be able to uninstall Internet Explorer 7 after you have installed Service Pack 3 for Windows XP. If you have installed Service Pack 3 for Windows XP before uninstalling Internet Explorer 7 then you will not be able to uninstall Internet Explorer 7. Microsoft recommends and supports uninstalling Internet Explorer 7 before any repair installation of Windows XP.

Download Links

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Adding Internet Explorer Icon to your Desktop

In Windows Vista, you cannot add the Internet Explorer Icon to your desktop like you did in Windows XP (Left Image) by using Desktop Properties because there is no Internet Explorer to select for Windows Vista (Right Image). Refer to Images below.

    

You could add a shortcut for Internet Explorer to your Desktop but this will give you a shortcut arrow which you may prefer. I much rather prefer the cleaner look of a Internet Explorer Icon on my Desktop without the shortcut arrow. Refer to Images below.

 

CAUTION

Before making any changes to the Windows Vista Registry, please backup the Windows Vista Registry using the directions from Create a System Restore Point". For restoring your computer with a system restore point within Windows Vista, read Restore Your System/Computer Using A User Created System Restore Point.

To Add the Internet Explorer Icon to your Desktop Using Windows Vista Registry

For a Specific User

  1. Click on the Start Orb (commonly known as the Start button).
  2. Type regedit.exe in the Start Search field on the Start Menu.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard. More Information, "Opening the Registry Editor without Elevated Privileges".
  4. Accept the UAC Prompt if you are an Administrative User.
  5. Navigate to:

    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

  6. Create a new key by right-clicking "Explorer" to select New > Key. Name the new key HideDesktopIcons.
  7. Create a new key by right-clicking "HideDesktopIcons" to select New > Key. Name the new key NewStartPanel.
  8. Right-click "NewStartPanel" to select New > DWORD (32 bit) Value. Name the new key {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}.
  9. Right-click an area on your Desktop to select Refresh to show the Internet Explorer Icon on your Desktop.
  10. Close the Registry Editor.
[HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
Name: {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}
Type: REG_DWORD (32 bit)
Data: 0

For All Users

  1. Click on the Start Orb (commonly known as the Start button).
  2. Type regedit.exe in the Start Search field on the Start Menu.
  3. Press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER on your keyboard to elevate the Windows Vista Registry. More Information, "Opening the Registry Editor with Elevated Privileges".
  4. Accept the UAC Prompt.
  5. Navigate to:

    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

  6. Create a new key by right-clicking "Explorer" to select New > Key. Name the new key HideDesktopIcons.
  7. Create a new key by right-clicking "HideDesktopIcons" to select New > Key. Name the new key NewStartPanel.
  8. Right-click "NewStartPanel" to select New > DWORD (32 bit) Value. Name the new key {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}.
  9. Right-click an area on your Desktop to select Refresh to show the Internet Explorer Icon on your Desktop.
  10. Close the Registry Editor.
[HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
Name: {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}
Type: REG_DWORD (32 bit)
Data: 0

To Add the Internet Explorer Icon to your Desktop – Using Reg Add

For a Specific User

  1. Click on the Start Orb (commonly known as the Start button).
  2. Type cmd.exe in the Start Search field on the Start Menu.
  3. Open a Command Prompt:
  4. Type the following in the commands prompt window:

    reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel /v "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}" /t REG_DWORD /d 0

  5. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  6. Type EXIT and press ENTER on your keyboard to close the Command Prompt.
  7. Right-click an area on your Desktop to select Refresh to show the Internet Explorer Icon on your Desktop.

For All Users

  1. Click on the Start Orb (commonly known as the Start button).
  2. Type cmd.exe in the Start Search field on the Start Menu.
  3. Press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER on your keyboard to elevate the Windows Vista Command Prompt. More Information, "Opening an Elevated Command Prompt".
  4. Accept the UAC Prompt.
  5. Type the following in the commands prompt window:

    reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel /v "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}" /t REG_DWORD /d 0

  6. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  7. Type EXIT and press ENTER on your keyboard to close the Command Prompt.
  8. Right-click an area on your Desktop to select Refresh to show the Internet Explorer Icon on your Desktop.

To Add the Internet Explorer Icon to your Desktop – Using a Registration File

For a Specific User

  1. Download IE.Icon.Desktop.reg to a folder on your hard drive.
  2. Right-click IE.Icon.Desktop to select Merge.
  3. Accept the UAC Prompt if you are Administrator.
  4. Now the registration entries are added for you.
  5. Right-click an area on your Desktop to select Refresh to show the Internet Explorer Icon on your Desktop.

For All Users

  1. Log into an account with Administrative Privileges if you are not an Administrator.
  2. Download IE.Icon.Desktop.All.reg to a folder on your hard drive.
  3. Right-click IE.Icon.Desktop.All.reg to select Merge.
  4. Accept the UAC Prompt.
  5. Now the registration entries are added for you.
  6. Right-click an area on your Desktop to select Refresh to show the Internet Explorer Icon on your Desktop.

NOTES

The IE.Icon.Desktop.reg and IE.Icon.Desktop.All.reg files are from my web server (http://lprf.homeserver.com).  You also can view the contents of the IE.Icon.Desktop.reg and/or IE.Icon.Desktop.All.reg files by right-clicking the file and selecting Edit. You may need to log off then log on to your user account or restart your computer for the changes to take affect.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows Vista, x86 versions

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