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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How to Start the Windows XP Recovery Console

Windows XP Recovery Console is a very useful tool that helps you to fix your computer when you cannot boot the computer or log into your user account. The Recovery Console can uninstall Windows Updates such as Hotfixes and Service Packs, check specific drives, change or list Service’s start up configurations, expand files, rebuild boot entries, simple management of partitions, repair the boot sector on the system partition and repair the master boot record of the boot partition. In this blog post I will describe how to start the Windows XP Recovery Console from the bootable retail Windows XP Installation media.

NOTE

Booting from the Windows XP Installation media provided by OEMs may not provide the Windows XP Recovery Console.

Requirements

  • Administrator Password
  • Bootable Windows XP Installation media
  • Floppy Drive and Floppy Media with SATA drivers if SATA drivers are required

Starting the Windows XP Recovery Console

  1. Ensure the BIOS is set to boot from the CD / DVD drive. Refer to the Manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Insert Windows XP Installation CD and start the computer.
  3. Press ANY Key to boot from the Windows XP Installation CD when the following screen appears. Refer to Image below.

     

  4. Press F6and insert the floppy media if SATA drivers are required. Refer to Image below.

  5. Press R to enter the Windows XP Recovery Control. Refer to Image below.

     

  6. Select the Windows Installation for the Recovery Console to use when the following screen appears. Refer to Image below. Most users will typically see one installation, therefore, press 1on your keyboard.

     

  7. Enter the Administrator’s password. Refer to Image below. If you do not remember setting the password for the built-in Administrator password then try no password (blank) and press ENTER.

  8. When completing your Recovery Console tasks then type EXIT to reboot the computer.

Available Commands

To see a list of available commands for the Recovery Console, type HELP at the Recovery Console prompt. If you need more help for an available command, type HELP CommandName at the Recovery Console prompt.

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How to Restore Windows XP to an Earlier Time with Windows XP System Restore

Windows XP System Restore can restore Windows XP to an earlier time such as a few days ago. Restoring Window XP to an earlier state can be very useful if something goes wrong such as an update or driver causing your computer not to boot properly. In this blog post I will describe how to restore Windows XP to an earlier state using a System Restore point in a few different ways.

System Restore Method

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.

    NOTE

    The System Restore window should open.

  2. Select Restore my computer to an earlier time. Refer to Image below.

     

  3. Click Next to choose the System Restore point.
  4. Select the System Restore Point to restore Windows XP to an earlier time. Refer to Image below.

     

  5. Click Next to start the System Restore process.
  6. Confirm the System Restore point and click Next to start the System Restore process. Refer to Image below.

     

  7. Windows XP will automatically reboot and show the progress of System Restore. Refer to Image below.

     

  8. If Windows XP System Restore was successful then a successful message will appear when logging onto Windows XP. Refer to Image below.

Command Prompt Method

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type %SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe on your keyboard.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Follow System Restore Method above starting from Step 2 to continue with the System Restore process.

Safe Mode Method

  1. Boot Windows XP into Safe Mode, refer to “How to Start Windows XP in Safe Mode” blog for directions.
  2. When logged on then select No to launch System Restore. Refer to Image below.

     

  3. Follow System Restore Method above starting from Step 2 to continue with the System Restore process.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt Method

  1. Boot Windows XP into Safe Mode, refer to “How to Start Windows XP in Safe Mode” blog for directions using the Safe Mode with Command Prompt Method.
  2. Type %SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe in the Command Prompt window.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Follow System Restore Method above starting from Step 2 to continue with the System Restore process.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows XP Editions
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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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Repair Screen Saver File Association (Context Menu / Right-Click)

Windows XP Screen Saver does not launch (open) as expected when double-clicking a Screen Saver file. A configuration (settings) windows for the screen saver is displayed instead of the Screen Saver preview. The default verb for the context menu of the Screen Saver was changed to ‘Configure’ which will display the Screen Saver configuration window.

Screen Saver File Association set to Configure
Screen Saver File Association set to Test (Default)

NOTE

Ensure your computer is malware free before applying the following solutions.

CAUTION

Before making any changes to the Windows XP Registry, please backup your Windows XP Registry using the direction from "Using ERUNT to back up the Windows XP Registry".

Manual Steps Using Windows XP Registry

  1. Click Start and then Run.
  2. Type regedit.exe in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Navigate to:

    HKCR\scrfile\shell

  5. Right-click (default) to select Delete.
  6. Quit the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).

    NOTE

    If the above steps did not solve your problem then use the Automated Fix Using an Registration File method below.

Manual Steps Using REG ADD

  1. Open a Command Window.
  2. Type:

    REG ADD "HKCR\scrfile\shell /ve

  3. Type EXIT and press ENTER on your keyboard.

    NOTE

    If the above steps did not solve your problem then use the Automated Fix Using an Registration File method below.

Automated Fix Using an Registration File

  1. Download ScrnSvr.Assctn.reg to a folder on your hard drive.
  2. Right-click ScrnSvr.Assctn.reg to select Merge.
  3. Now the registration entries are added for you.

NOTES

The ScrnSvr.Assctn.reg file is from my web server (http://lprf.homeserver.com).  You also can view the contents of the ScrnSvr.Assctn.reg file by right-clicking the file and selecting Edit.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows XP Editions
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"Access Denied" When Installing Service Pack 3 for Windows XP

When installing Service Pack 3 for Windows XP, the installation may stop and a "Access Denied" message may be displayed. The installation of Service Pack 3 is aborted.

I find this is one of the most common problems when installing a Service Pack for Windows XP. The solution is pretty simple and applies for Service Pack 1, 2 and 3 for Windows XP. Microsoft has a KB article about this problem (‘You receive an error message when you try to install Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1: "Access is denied"‘) but their solution can be very tedious and stressful. Microsoft has another KB article for Service Pack 3 that deals with this problem (‘Error message when you try to install Windows XP Service Pack 3: "Access is denied" or “Service Pack installation did not complete”‘). The solution I am providing should only take an half hour or little bit longer and it is much simpler.

Restore File, Folder and Registry Permissions Using "SubInAcl"

Windows XP Home users should use "SubInAcl" to restore permissions since Windows XP Home does include "secedit.exe". Windows XP Professional users can use "SubInAcl" or "secedit.exe" to solve the "Access Denied" message when installing Service Pack 3 for Windows XP.

  1. Download and install SubInAcl from Microsoft Download Center.
  2. Click Start to launch Notepad (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad).
  3. Copy and Paste the following contents in Notepad:

    subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE /grant=administrators=f
    subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CURRENT_USER /grant=administrators=f
    subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT /grant=administrators=f
    subinacl /subdirectories %SystemDrive% /grant=administrators=f

    subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE /grant=system=f
    subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CURRENT_USER /grant=system=f
    subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT /grant=system=f
    subinacl /subdirectories %SystemDrive% /grant=system=f

  4. Save the Notepad file at C:\Program Files\Windows ResourceKits\Tools folder and name the file as restore.ACL.cmd.
  5. Click Start and then Run.
  6. Type cmd.exe to open a Command Prompt window.
  7. Type cd\.
  8. Type cd C:\Program Files\Windows ResourceKits\Tools.
  9. Type restore.ACL.cmd to start the process of restoring the permissions for the SYSTEM account and the Administrators group.

    NOTE

    This process may take 10 minutes or more, so please be patient.

  10. When the process has completed then reboot your computer and try to install Service Pack 3 for Windows XP.

Restore Default Permissions for Windows XP Professional

Windows XP Professional users can restore the permissions back to default using "secedit.exe" but Windows XP Home users cannot use "secedit.exe" because the executable file is not present on Windows XP Home systems. Windows XP Home users can use the "SubInAcl" method mentioned above.

  1. Click Start and then Run.
  2. Type cmd.exe to open a Command Prompt window.
  3. Type the following to restore the permissions back to default for Windows XP Professional.

    secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\repair\secsetup.inf /db secsetup.sdb /verbose

    NOTE

    This process may take 10 minutes or more, so please be patient.

  4. When the process has completed then reboot your computer and try to install Service Pack 3 for Windows XP.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows XP Editions, 32-bit 
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