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IE won't display home page automatically

Dell Dimension 2400 desktop
May 15, 2011 at 16:06:44
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon64x2
When opening Internet Explorer, I get the page cannot be displayed message, along with http:/// in the address bar. If I then click on the Home link, the homepage opens right up without a problem.

This is on a Vista computer using IE8 at the moment, with homepage set to Google search. I uninstalled the IE8 update and got the same results with IE7. Also have tried several different webpages as homepage, including the blank page option. Even the blank page gives this page cannot be displayed message when first opening IE.

As I already said, I can click on the home link after this error and it opens the homepage with no problem. Can also surf all other websites with no problem. I even set up 2 home pages in the internet options, both the same google search page. This way, two tabs open up when I start IE. The first tab shows page cannot be displayed, and the second tab displays the home page correctly. Firefox works fine by the way, so this is only an IE issue in my case.

I have searched for hours online for a solution. Only found a few mentions of this exact same problem, and none had any real answers. I'm stumped. Obviously the easy answer is to use Firefox, but I hate it when I can't fix something!

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May 19, 2011 at 06:07:57
I've tried resetting IE several times, downgrading to IE7, checking the connection settings (all good, no proxy server), checking several registry entries that I found suggested online (even though most didn't really apply but were similar problems).

I'm hoping somebody here has actually seen this exact problem and has fixed it. I have a feeling the only way is to do a clean install of Windows since there doesn't seem to be an answer out there. The lady doesn't want to do that because she's never backed up any files, so I gave her Firefox and the workaround of using 2 homepages on IE.

Still.....if anyone has seen this exact problem and fixed it without a reinstall of Windows, please let me know what you did. Thanks!

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May 19, 2011 at 08:02:09
it wouldn't hurt to do some malware scans too, malware will cause those problems

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