Posted 17 February 2005 - 11:51 PM
I am flat worn out. I thought after a couple of years I could more or less navigate this windows 98SE, but I find that when I get things out of whack, I start doing things in desperation which only makes things worse.
This episode started due to my usual daily maintenance routine before using the computer. I deleted the temp files, history and did a scan. Then I went to control panel and went into add/remove programs. I next clicked on internet explorer and then clicked add/remove button. This brings up a choice between "add" or "repair". I choose repair...and it starts to do its thing to fix up the browser. Only this time I get a message, "internet explorer 6 could not be repaired. Please run set up again to reinstall all components". I put in the juno disc and clicked "install browser only". I went back to repeat previous scenario...but got the same message. I even ran a set up for IE per a file in "my documents" folder. It went through the steps to install. But once again, same old message.
I then sought help from the help menu on desktop. It seemed to indicate that I should uninstall the IE and THEN reinstall. I deleted IE from desktop and went back to the add/remove in control panel but it doesnt offer a way to uninstall IE, and the button to "restore"(after clicking add/remove) is blanked out. I went to microsoft update window and still didnt see a button to uninstall that IE. Finally, I thought I would just try to restore from an old backup. I might have made things worse since Im not sure I did that backup correctly. Anyway, still the same message from the control panel.
Oh yes, I did run the win 98SE disk again.... twice. Didnt fix anything. Then while I was thinking of a solution , I thought I might have added to much junk files from that backup effort so I went to "start" ;R clicked "explore", and started down that list to get rid of anything that looked like an unneccessary file. But couldnt tell what was essential stuff from junk files so I figured it best to forget that idea.
Can someone lead me to a solution and answers about what is going on.
By the way, when I do try to click on any of the "favorites" file I get a message, "windows cannot find IEXPLORE.EXE...so they wont open. Also, when I did try to run that setup/ reinstall from that "my documents folder", it ran the program but gave me a message, "the current version of IE installed on the computer is up to date. do not need to upgrade at this time"???
So, the mystery is if IE program has vanished from desktop list of programs and cant be repaired...it must still be in the computer or else I couldnt have made this online connection.
Any help is greatly appreciated. Also, if you have an answer on how to recognize and delete any and all junk files that are unneccessary, let me know this also.
Your help is greatly valued