Solved Favorites unrecognized after IE8 reset.

May 12, 2012 at 08:20:22
Specs: Windows XP
Windows XP / IE 8 /
Recently had to do a reset on my IE8.
After all is said and done I still have my Favorites LISTED but they are INACTIVE. To be clear, they aren't able to be accessed by clicking on them as their icons have all been replaced by that icon that shows up when there is nothing assigned to open it. You know the one I mean...I hope.

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May 16, 2012 at 11:35:27
Nothing I can think of to restore your missing Favorites.

If, as I understand it, you can't even save new ones you should be able to fix that by uninstalling IE8 from Control Panel > Add-Remove. This should take you back to IE7 and you could then download a new copy of IE8 and install it.

I guess there is a vague chance it would also restore your dud Favorites but I wouldn't like to bet on it.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks



#1
May 12, 2012 at 14:15:54
Right click one of the Favorites then select Properties. See if the address line (URL) looks correct and test it by pasting it into the address bar. Maybe they have changed in some way which can be corrected. You can compare them with those for the actual websites. NotePad can be useful for making comparisons (using Copy/Paste).

The default icons are not a problem in themselves. They will be replaced in due course if you can get to the website from the link.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
May 12, 2012 at 15:33:30

There is NO URL address listed in properties.
Just a general label as to WHAT the website is but no actual address. I have hundreds of Favorites so I hope there's a better solution than going individually to each one!? Trying to avoid a 'Restore', and not sure if that would resolve it anyway.


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#3
May 12, 2012 at 16:09:15
Why did you do the reset in the 1st place?

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#4
May 12, 2012 at 16:29:37
System Restore might well fix it but it seems a bit OTT and presumably there was some good reason for the reset anyway. Best save them once they have been re-instated. They will be in:
"C:\Documents and Settings\Username folder\Favorites" and can be saved to a folder of your choice.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
May 12, 2012 at 16:59:58

Rider - your question is irrelevant.

Derek-
Your stating the obvious as to WHERE the Favorites file is.
My problem ISN'T that I don't have them LISTED. I do!
They just don't activate when called upon AND when I go to ADD to the Favorites list the icon is the same as all of the others (and just as ineffective). Am I clear?


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#6
May 13, 2012 at 04:50:15
Perhaps I'm the one who was not clear.

I have no neat solution to your problem but was simply saying that once it is resolved it would be best to backup your Favorites elsewhere, so that they are available should they go astray again. I do this all the time. As for their default location, fine, you obviously knew all that but at a distance we have no way to tell what folk know or do not know.

Keep watching, maybe someone else will come up with an answer to your issue.


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#7
May 13, 2012 at 06:06:12
Derek-
For the record, I back up my Favorites, Music, Pics and Documents weekly on a seperate external hard drive. That hard drive is only plugged in for the purpose of those backups and then is disconnected. I keep two sets of these backups. One from the current week and one from the previous week.
Also, when I open those Favorites on that external hard drive, they TOO look just like the Favorites in my IE8 browser and C Drive/ Owner / Favorites file.
So the question seems to be a matter of reading these entries since the external drive which last backed up 3 days ago BEFORE the problem, can't be read as well. Hope I'm clear.

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#8
May 13, 2012 at 07:30:05
"Rider - your question is irrelevant"

No, it's not. Obviously the reset is what caused the favorites problem, right? And you apparently reset IE because of some other problem you were having, right? People don't normally reset IE for no reason, so knowing the reason may help to determine the problem with your favorites. Make sense?


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#9
May 13, 2012 at 09:35:48
Found this, might help:
http://www.pronetworks.org/forums/i...

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#10
May 13, 2012 at 16:28:20

Rider-
Reset because I was unable to open my emails. I deemed it unstable and reset it. Trust me, I wouldn't have done so otherwise.

Derek-
Boy I thought you nailed it with that last entry. Unfortunately that didn't work. And thinking through it, why WOULD it have worked? I mean it told me to replace
this:
%USERPROFILE%\Favorites

with this:
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Favorites

That Favorites folder in C is just as unrecognized as the drop down Favorites in IE8, so why WOULD it matter just switching them out? Good attempt just the same. I have since switched them back.

Latest Update:
When I plug my external hard drive (that has the backup copies of my Favorites lists that didn’t work on my computer) into a LAPTOP computer the backed up Favorites work just fine!
This narrows the problem down SPECIFICALLY to my computer. So whatever the problem is with my computer/XP not recognizing the Favorites is the mystery at hand.



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#11
May 13, 2012 at 16:55:35
No idea really, so I'm just thinking aloud.

Maybe the IE Reset went badly so perhaps risking another one would sort it out.

Another thought is whether you use a registry cleaner. If so they are good at removing valid entries which might be seen as invalid because they are only there in preparation for some obscure function (such as Reset).

Did the reset cure the email problem? If not then I guess we are back to the idea of System Restore.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#12
May 15, 2012 at 17:43:20
Tried System Restore at 2 different points and it wouldn't take for whatever reason.
Just ran a program called Tweaking.com which didn't solve my issue but had some helpful steps prior to it being activated.
Guess we're at a dead end then?

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#13
May 16, 2012 at 11:35:27
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Nothing I can think of to restore your missing Favorites.

If, as I understand it, you can't even save new ones you should be able to fix that by uninstalling IE8 from Control Panel > Add-Remove. This should take you back to IE7 and you could then download a new copy of IE8 and install it.

I guess there is a vague chance it would also restore your dud Favorites but I wouldn't like to bet on it.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#14
May 16, 2012 at 20:02:15

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!
Derek, you are THE MAN!!
Next time though you need to have the courage of your convictions!
It was an obvious solution yes, maybe. But it was YOU had come up with it even though you weren't so sure. lol
I can't thank you enough.
I reverted back to IE7 and everything was fine. I'm now in the process of reloading IE 8 and I have no reason to believe it shouldn't 'take'.
If I were a woman, I'd have your love child. But since (thankfully for the both of us) I'm not, you will have to settle for me going to the park and having a statue of you erected...which is NOT to say it would be a statue of you with an erection! Totally different!
Seriously, I KNEW it was a simple solution and that's why I couldn't figure out why nobody could come up with it.Hell, even my stupid ass should have come up with it!
Isn't it like that smetimes? Right under your nose.
Brilliant!

On a different note I see that you're also qualified on the subject of videos as it pertains to production? Maybe I've got it wrong. You tell me. I mention it because I'm going to be getting into some video editing post-production work and might want to tap your brain for that as well, if you don't mind.
Best of luck to you and yours (as Gomer Pyle from The Andy Griffith Show would say).


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#15
May 17, 2012 at 07:47:27
Good that we nailed it but, yes, I do avoid being over confident with ideas on computers. So many times I've seen folk suggest something then confidently ending their suggestion with "problem solved" only to see the poster come back and say it didn't work.

"I see that you're also qualified on the subject of videos as it pertains to production"
Sorry, I don't really recognise that but I'm always prepared to try.

Hope your Favs arrive back safely after IE8 is installed, otherwise that statue might go the same way as those of Saddam Hussein.


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