Help with IE8 closing for no apparent reason

Dell / C521
February 3, 2010 at 17:37:31
Specs: Windows XP
I have a problem with IE8. This subject has been discussed but not with the problem I am having.

Since a week ago my IE8 opens for half a second and then immediately closes. No warning, no error messages....nothing. I have done all kinds of scans with adaware, spybot, virus scanner and nothing shows up. I have Ontrack EasyRecovery to see if there was any disk problems and nothing. I tried Tuneup Utilities as they can do checks and nothing.

I have no idea why it is doing this or how to get it to stay on. I use Opera as well and that has no problem opening and staying open. I tried uninstalling IE8, however it did uninstall properly. Under add/remove software the IE symbol is gone so I cannot even try to delete it. I also have an uninstaller which is what I used. I tried to reinstall IE8 and it said that I already had it on my computer. The folder is still on my computer in the Program File folder.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks.

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February 3, 2010 at 18:30:53
Dump IE8 & go back to IE7.

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February 8, 2010 at 00:24:15
I cannot go back to IE7 once you have moved onto IE8. It states that when you upgrade to 8. I cannot even uninstall IE period. It does not show up on any of the uninstall programs or the list in the control panel.

It still shuts down for no reason. I cannot even update my system. How do I update MS if my IE will not do anything at all? I really need some constructive help here.

I have installed Mozilla but this is still a bandaid solution unless I can go through Mozilla to get updates for MS.

I need suggestions. Many thanks.

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February 8, 2010 at 07:34:05
I believe that your automatic updates will still work without Internet Explorer, but manual windows update DOES require Internet Explorer.
I do not have any additional clue, except to recommend Google-ing your problem, or going to Microsoft's site and seeing if they have a solution (knowledge database, or help line). Especially if you tell them you had to get there using Firefox.
Anyone else?

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February 9, 2010 at 18:13:46
The new updates did not download. They came out today and to check I downloaded one of the updates. When I tried one last night it told me that I had a more current version of the update I was trying to download as it was an older one. Today I downloaded the new one and it downloaded.

I have no idea what the heck happened. I do know that in IE when I go to a site my computer keeps asking for my Dell disk. I have no idea why it started doing that. I put the disk in put it did nothing. I don't know what it wants or why it is doing it.

Thanks for your help. I have googled and they all apply to Vista. This is driving me nuts!!! I will try the windows site. Hopefully someone here will help.

Thanks for trying and asking on my behalf.

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