This is a mistake that is so easy to do, that I have done it twice 🙁
It seems that the internet is littered with victims who have done a repair install of XP (SP2 or SP3), only to find that internet explorer 6 no longer works, and upgrading back to ie7 is nearly impossible. Thanks again, Microsoft.
I’ve found that ie 6 will usually load the home page, but any further browsing results in 2 blank ie6 windows appearing, and then ie6 stops responding.
Its easy enough to avoid this: uninstall ie7 BEFORE performing a repair install of XP.
Of course many of us find we cannot uninstall ie7 because XP is stuffed in some way (hence the need to do a repair install in the first place!)
Or if you are like me: oops, I just forgot to uninstall ie7
The reason is that after a repair install, you are left with system files that are a combination of ie6 and ie7
Anyway, microsoft have a page that explains what to do if you didn’t uninstall ie7 before the repair… but its only after you have read half way down the page, that you realise that the instructions are for fixing the ie6/ie7 problem with the repair install.
Basically, if you have XP SP2 or SP3, then you need to start the XP recovery console (you normally need an XP installation CD to boot from).
Boot from the XP CD. When prompted, press “R” to enter the recovery console
Enter the Administrator password when asked (for most people, its blank, so just press enter).
Now, enter the following commands:
You might get a few errors (permission denied)
Once its all complete, enter:
to restart the PC.
After this, I still had a damaged ie6, but I got around it like this:
– run the ie6 internet options (either from ie6->tools, or from the control panel)
– change the home page to microsoft.com
– start or re-start ie6 (so it goes to microsoft straight away
– on the MS website, go for the update option, and you will find all the MS updates will work (including ie7 !!!). Note: at first, I installed all the updates except ie7. I rebooted, then installed ie7.
– after a restart or two, the PC will finally be “fixed”.
I wonder if microsoft are trying to make XP worse, so that more people will consider “upgrading”…