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Installing old Versions of IE caused some issues


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#1 tenz

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 07:40 PM

So here's the story, i was downloading old versions of software to see how it was back in the day, nostalgia stuff. So i installed IE2, IE3 no problem. I then installed IE4, as i wanted to trace the timeline and see how it looked.

Some time after instaling IE4, i rebooted and came back to my desktop gadgets not showing properly. Not such a big deal, i thought, but now i noticed that my windows media player wont play files, coming back with a "Server excecution failed" error with wmv files, and my mkv files just quickly open a window then it closes right away with no error or dialog. I could not uninstall the file with windows as there is no entry in the programs and features menu.

I tried to do a system restore, but it failed on 2 different restore points.

Any ideas before i have to resort to a re-install?

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 09:46 PM

As you can see, it's not a good idea to treat your primary computer as a test machine.
You can use virtual machines for such testings.

Go Start>Run ("Start Search" in Vista/7), type in:
sfc /scannow
Click OK (hold CTRL, and SHIFT, hit Enter in Vista/7).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy (with Vista/7, most likely, you won't need it).
If System File Checker (sfc) will find any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD (rarely in Vista/7 case).

If the above doesn't work....

If you have Win 7 DVD, you can try repair: http://www.w7forums.com/repair-install-t1204.html

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 05:33 AM

Thanks Broni, i totally overlooked sfc.... ill give it a shot and report back

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 05:58 AM

sfc did not do anything. I guess my next step is in-place upgrade/repair install?

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 05:05 PM

I guess so.
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