I can't enable add-ons

August 25, 2012 at 17:08:21
Specs: Windows 7
When I go to tools > manage add-ons I see a list of all my add-ons. But when I try to change the status it won't let me. That is, I select an add-on that is disabled and I click "enable" and it DOESN'T CHANGE. It stays disabled

I have seen this question/problem posted across the net. I still haven't found an answer that fixes it for me. NOTE: many people can't enable because their "manage add-ons" option is grayed out in tools. That is not the problem I have.

Also I am not running the no adds-ons version of internet explorer or whatever it's called that I've seen suggested as a cause to the problem. Just one day recently I logged on and my add-ons were gone. I have no idea why.


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#1
August 25, 2012 at 18:00:12
I assume your add-ons are now all showing again.

It's an unusual symptom. I'll be honest, I'm just looking for inspiration on this one.

Is it true of any add-on?

Is it any better from IE > Tools > Internet Options > Programs tab > Manage add-ons button?

IE Reset is a possibility but you lose a lot of your settings (though most come back with time).
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923737

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#2
August 25, 2012 at 23:25:54
Just reset IE...that should work for you...

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#3
August 27, 2012 at 15:55:52
Thanks for the replies. I reset internet explorer as suggested but this did not work. I notice that I am able to change the status of a couple add-ons. For example skype click to call I can enable and disable. But most of the add-ons, like the google toolbar and realplayer download now button, just stay on disabled. Those are the add-ons I care about most.

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#4
August 27, 2012 at 16:33:13
I assume it was no better from IE > Tools > Internet Options > Programs tab > Manage add-ons button?

If you uninstall RealPlayer and Google Toolbar the addons will either go, or it might then be possible to uninstall them.

If you really need RealPlayer and Google Toolbar you could then re-install them again. There is every chance that the addons will behave properly afterwards.

RealPlayer is not well liked, or toolbars generally. If you only use RealPlayer for downloading YouTube videos there are free programs around to do this, such as YouTube Downloader (which keeps bang up to date with YouTube changes).

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#5
August 28, 2012 at 07:42:54
That's correct. it was no better from IE > Tools > Internet Options > Programs tab > Manage add-ons button.

However uninstalling and re-installing certain add-ons is not a solution. I tried this several times with realplayer and google toolbar. When I re-installed them the add-on would still be disabled, and it won't let me change it.

I agree that I can live without realplayer and google toolbar. But it still bugs me that it won't let me change the status of most of my add-ons.

Thanks for the response. Are there any more solutions out there?


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#6
August 28, 2012 at 15:25:18
Are you using IE9 and did you used to have IE8?

IF this is the case then you could uninstall IE9 from Control Panel > Programs and Features. This will revert you back to IE8, then you can install a fresh copy of IE9 from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...

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