I've got a complicated catch-22 situation trying to reinstall IE9. The other day, the IE9 executable disappeared from All Programs, altho the file reference to it was correct (Properties) and IE9 started ok from the desktop icon. I asked MS Answers about it and got the two standard special methods: in Programs and Features, work with View Installed Updates and Turn Windows Features off and on (see link below). That process did get rid of the executable iexplore.exe, but not the rest of the files in the folder. Either because the files are still there, or for some other reason - registry? - reinstall failed, just stopping midstream and recycling itself back to the Windows Update box showing one update (IE9) available. I also tried the more extreme method MS suggests: turn on Windows Firewall and turn off Comodo and SAS Pro (but not MSE), which didn't succeed either (error 3715) and left me unable to connect to the internet. After reverting to the anti-malware apps, I tried just deleting the remaining folder/files, but that fails too because they are controlled by TrustedInstaller. Changing Owner/Creator Permissions fails for probably the same reason, i.e., Access not granted. Hence, I'm stuck.
So, any ideas how to break out of this logjam (short of reinstalling Win 7 or ditching IE9 completely)? You can see the methods suggested and my blow by blow what happened trying them at
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/i...f-b86e4698e16a. Btw, I thought the U.S. Govt' settlement with Microsoft broke the browser free from Windows, but it sure doesn't look like it from this experience. Thanks,