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    Locate Link Browser Message (XP SP3)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Citsme on 28-Nov-08 12:38. Additional info.)</P>Happy Holidays! I did try to give this problem my best shot - but it aint good enough!! When I click on a link in an email; IE 8 Beta opens the Explorer window but nothing at all loads. If I minimize the screen, I see an open window that has "Locate Link Browser" and a box to search for it (whatever it is.) I Googled as I have been well taught here and I found a solution that seemed to be working for everyone elso so I tried it; didn't quite work for me. If all else fails, it suggests sfc /scannow is run to check the system files. Ok, I've done that before - no problem - until it asks for my SP3 disk which I don't have. It was an automatic update; it's not on disk. So I decide to re-download SP3.exe and re-run it. Some slight improvements seen but this problem still exists. I copied SP3 to a disk for further use but since it is the .exe file, when scannow wants the SP3 disk, this one doesn't qualify. It seems to be a .dll problem yet if I put the original OS disk in, there is not a REPAIR option so I am afraid to continue. Previously everything was working fine with IE8 and I have run almost every virus, spam, malware, etc program known to mankind.

    Is there help for me out there? At least for my computer, please!

    Thanks, in advance, for all you do!

    (One thing I just found out; if IE8 is open as usual and then I go into Outlook and click on a link in an email, the page loads.)

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    Re: Locate Link Browser Message (XP SP3)

    You can extract the contents of a .cab file (the .exe file for SP3 is a self-extracting .cab file) using the free download of WinZip.

    After downloading and installing WinZip you will need to create a folder on your desktop (or other convenient location) and then using the WinZip options in the right-click menu, right-click on the .exe file for SP3 and select Extract to... and chose the folder you just created to recieve it. It's a very big file and will take some time. Then after you've finised the extraction process, you can burn the contents of the folder to a CD and use that to grab the file you need. Remember to burn the contents of the folder and not just the folder itself.

    Let us know how you make out.
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    Re: Locate Link Browser Message (XP SP3)

    I appreciate your help, Doc but so far it is not fixed. I did as you said with the files and that part went well. Unfortunately, when sfc /scannow was running and asked for the disk, it said that I was using the wrong one. I had tried to use the OS disk before but tossed it in there again and seemingly it worked - until the program asked for disk two. Exactly, what would that be? The Locate Link Browser problem still remains. Yesterday, I tried to use System Restore to different dates but it did not work. I am annoyed and tired of this particular problem; is there anything else you can suggest?
    Thanks for your time.
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    Re: Locate Link Browser Message (XP SP3)

    I'm afraid that I can't explain why the system file check woud be asking for Disk 2 for SP3. AFAIK all the files should be there on the disk that you burned from the extracted .cab file. I must admit that what I told you to do I have not done myself because I never had the need. But, if the "fix" you came up with was asking you to insert a SP3 disk and you copied all the files that were extracted to that disk, it should have worked.

    I'm curious though... why are you trying to use IE8 beta ??? Unless you are a beta tester, I'd suggest that you uninstall that until it's ready for prime time and public distribution. Unless, of course, you can't roll back to IE7 when uninstalling it.
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    Re: Locate Link Browser Message (XP SP3)

    I did some looking around & found some links I want to run down, but here's the KB article about how to uninstall IE8 Beta 2.
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    Re: Locate Link Browser Message (XP SP3)

    Take a look here and see if the fix mentioned applys to or works for you.
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    Re: Locate Link Browser Message (XP SP3)

    Good Afternoon Doc and all,
    Doc, I uninstalled IE8 following your link; the first method did not work but the alternative method did and when restarted, IE7 was back! <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> I ran Windows Update to see if there were any updates for IE 7 that I needed and none came up. It shows that I am running IE 7 Version 7.0.5730.13 and under Update Versions there is a 0. Does that sound correct? The only critical update was to .NET Framework - do I need that program? I have no clue what it is for.

    <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> The good news is that I went into Outlook with IE7 closed and clicked on a link in an email and that problem is gone!!! <img src=/S/hailpraise.gif border=0 alt=hailpraise width=27 height=22> Of course, as soon as I post this I will try it again a few more times . . .

    Please look at the following link to see what I was trying to do: http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/t1074641871 I was following the instructions by Marc from Jan 21, 2004. Could not find DDE and the last of the command lines: regsvr32 Mshtml.dll did not work either. Everything else did but I still had the problem and turned to sfc /scannow.

    Thank you for your help, Doc. Knowing that you and the other magicians are out there is a great feeling!

    If you could let me know about .NET Framework, I'd appreciate it.

    Thanks, again!
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    Re: Locate Link Browser Message (XP SP3)

    Glad to hear that your basic problem is solved. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I am guessing, but it would seem that the problem might have been created by IE8. Beta software is almost always full of bugs and glitches. I'm afraid that I can't answer your question about IE7. I'm still running IE6 because I don't like the user interface of IE7. IE6 is much less secure, but it's a calculated risk I'm willing to take. I don't recommend it for the average user. If the MS update site says you are OK then I'd suspect you are. As to the NET Framework update, I'd go ahead and install that one.

    I checked the linked support forum you mentioned and have to say that it didn't strike me as having much to do with your problem. On the surface the problem looked similar, but the advice was 4 years old, pre SP3 and IE7 and you were running IE8.

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    Re: Locate Link Browser Message (XP SP3)

    Thank you, Doc! IE8 ran for at least a week without problems but then that's why it's called Beta! You made a good point; although the article I referenced was similar, the fact that it was outdated and therefore didn't pertain to the versions I was using is important to remember.

    Have a wonderful day and many, many thanks for taking this one on! <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> <img src=/S/clever.gif border=0 alt=clever width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>
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