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    Here's a new one on me. A friend had IE8 on her XP SP3 machine, but it opened in an unusually small window and then froze. So I uninstalled IE8 and noted that it returned to IE7. This time when attempting to open IE7 it opened in a full window, but before it completely opened it disappeared. When I tried again it more or less flashed up then disappeared. I tried installing the latest IE8 updates, but to no avail. The problems started 3 weeks ago, so I restored back to 4 weeks previous (IE&), but it still has the same problem. I'm beginining to suspect that it may be somethine other than IE. Outlook Express didn't work under IE8, but it does under IE7.
    At the moment I"m completely boggled by the problem.

    Also, does anyone recommend what to do when IE doesn' work an one needs to connect to the Internet. Without IE it seems impossible unless one has another browser loaded that works.

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    It is possible to run IE without add-ons as a test to see if they are the culprit. There should be a shortcut to IE without add-ons in the Start menu; Accessories, System tools.

    If you are going to use System Restore (SR) it is best to uninstall software that has been installed after the restore point you are going to use.

    It could be a problem with, as you suspect, system files, that needs to be re-registered; but also malware problems etc.

    The Internet isn't just the web; email, for instance, is part of Internet, as we all know. It could be possible to use a FTP program to download software, if no copy of the software is around. Both the IE7 and IE8 are not native to XP, IE6 is, and depending on if IE7 was installed after or before the SP3 it could also be removed. If the service pack is installed after a later version of IE (such as IE7) it isn't possible to remove the later IE version.

    Have you tried to reset Internet Explorer to its default settings? Control Panel > Internet Options dialogue box > Advanced tab.

    I don't think you are going to get IE8 working if IE7 doesn't.

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    [quote name='Chuck Tucker' post='782689' date='01-Jul-2009 16:20']I'm beginining to suspect that it may be somethine other than IE.[/quote]
    Browsers closing themselves can indicate malware. Set aside the last backup (do not reconnect the media), take a fresh backup, then commence scrubbing.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll definitely look into the Malware thing. Also, I have downloaded a copy of Firefox to a thumb drive and I'll see if it works.

    Outlook Express works, so at least one part of IE7 is running OK, just not the browser.

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    Firefox worked just fine, so my friend's IE8 is obviously the problem . I tried downloading and reinstalling IE8, but that didn't help. However, she is quite happy with Firefox, so I left it at that.

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    Hi,
    Seems I have the same problem. Running Windows XP with the latest updates. Uninstalled the problem IE 8 and downloaded and re-installed IE 7 to no avail.

    Is there a log somewhere to show how and why the IE window closed or some "step mode" to slow things down and give me a clue as to what is going on?
    Thanks

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    [quote name='dabbler' post='794356' date='21-Sep-2009 17:12']Seems I have the same problem.[/quote]
    Can you describe exactly what is happening? For example, do some sites repeatably close the browser but other sites are fine? Can you detect a pattern, e.g., do those sites use media players?

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    Thanks for your reply.

    Window appears to start to load. See the window with toolbar icons but body is all blank. This appears for a split second and then is gone.

    Am able to capture the IE activity report on procexp but this does not help me, then the IE process closes.

    I reset internet options to default but this did not help.

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    [quote name='dabbler' post='794366' date='21-Sep-2009 22:01']Thanks for your reply.

    Window appears to start to load. See the window with toolbar icons but body is all blank. This appears for a split second and then is gone.

    Am able to capture the IE activity report on procexp but this does not help me, then the IE process closes.

    I reset internet options to default but this did not help.[/quote]

    First, I recommend you reinstall IE8.

    Then, try running IE without any addons. There should be a shortcut to IE without add-ons at Start | Accessories | System tools.

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    Thanks.

    I uninstalled IE 7, downloaded IE8 again and installed that. No Icons. Went into the Windows Add Windows Features and re-enabled IE. Lo and behold up it came again and this time stayed up. Only problem was colours displayed in Windows Media. An Update cured that so I am up and running. Perhaps enabling IIS or the Visual Studio re-install had caused me some problems with my original IE8. VS uses IE. Anyways many thanks. Your forum and people are the best.

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    [quote name='dabbler' post='794487' date='22-Sep-2009 20:24']I uninstalled IE 7, downloaded IE8 again and installed that. No Icons. Went into the Windows Add Windows Features and re-enabled IE. Lo and behold up it came again and this time stayed up. Only problem was colours displayed in Windows Media. An Update cured that so I am up and running. Perhaps enabling IIS or the Visual Studio re-install had caused me some problems with my original IE8. VS uses IE. Anyways many thanks. Your forum and people are the best.[/quote]

    Glad you found a solution. Thanks for posting back.

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    I am using my laptop with windows vista to reply to your ie8 problem. I have exactly the same problem with my desktop pc (with windows xp/home edition). I would be much interested in knowing the steps and/or procedures you used to load firefox on a "thumb drive". Being a computer novice I assume i would proceed this way: on my vista la]r top i would bring up the firefox url (mozilla.com/firefox) and click on the "download firefox" link. i assume i would plug in the thumb drive when firefox starts downloading. would i now have firefox loaded on my vista also? can i now go back and choose internet explorer again as my default browser? i aure would appreciate any ti[ps you could give me on getting firefox downloaded on to this thumb drive. thanks

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    Welcome to the Lounge!

    When you click the big download button on the Mozilla Firefox page, you'll be asked whether you want to Run or Save the installation file Firefox Setup 3.5.3.exe.
    Do NOT click Run as recommended on the web page, but click Save instead.
    You'll then be asked to specify a folder for the download. Select one on your hard disk, then click Save.
    When the download has finished, start Windows Explorer.
    Copy the file Firefox Setup 3.5.3.exe from the folder that you specified to the thumb drive.

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    [quote name='fisher66' post='796969' date='08-Oct-2009 09:15']I would be much interested in knowing the steps and/or procedures you used to load firefox on a "thumb drive".[/quote]
    Just FYI, Hans has explained how to copy the installer file into the USB flash drive. However, as you probably know, you can't actually run Firefox directly from the installer file; instead, you would use that file to install Firefox on a PC. If you did want to set up a copy of Firefox that will actually run off the flash drive -- useful for computers that are very broken or on which you don't have time or permission to install software -- you can visit the PortableApps site. http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable

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    Mojopac is another of these types of solutions, however it creates an entire virtual os on a thumb-drive, ipod, or any other external storage device, within which you can install programs, change windows settings, etc. It's like having your own clean install of XP.

    Definitely worth checking out: http://www.mojopac.com/

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