All’s well one day; can’t load browsers the next

Kathleen Atkins

Veteran Lounge member KenWA keeps tight security on his well-equipped Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit system. He runs daily scans and security database updates, plus he images his C: disk every four weeks to an external hard drive.

Nevertheless, he found himself with a seemingly impossible problem: one recent morning, he couldn’t load any of his browsers. He brought his perplexity — and an account of every fix he’d tried — to the Windows 7 forum. A long discussion ensued. We think you’ll find the postmortem of the problem enlightening.

The following links are this week’s most interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions for which you might have answers:

Office Applications    
General Productivity Microsoft releases Office for iPad
Word Processing How to customize button icons in Office 2010?
Spreadsheets Collapse range’s entries by removing some values
Databases Connecting single Access front end to two SharePoint back ends?
Microsoft Outlook Outlook 2007: Unable to edit text in new message
Non-Outlook E-mail Windows Live Mail won’t send
Other MS Apps Excel on mobile phone
General Windows Very slow startup
Windows 8 How to add editor to right-click menu
Windows 7 Can’t load browsers
Windows Vista Dell factory restore
Windows XP Another what-to-do article
Windows Servers Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller without DNS?
Internet Explorer Internet Explorer cumulative updates fail to install
Third-Party Browsers Recommend SIM card for visitors to London?
Networking Windows 7 loses network connection
Software Development
Windows Programming VB script to launch small program
Other Technologies
Non-Microsoft OSes Android won’t install on XP virtual machine
Security & Scams Can’t locate new update for MSE on Microsoft website
Maintenance Positive experience with Macrium support
Hardware SSDs incompatible with AMD 990FX chipset RAID?
Graphics/Multimedia Very strange situation
Other Applications Nitro PDF reader problem

starred posts: particularly useful

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Kathleen Atkins

About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.