Here is something I found in Microsoft forum having to do with the Shell in IE8. Did not fix the problem:
"Check your computer’s Shell:Favorites location. If Shell:Favorites gets set to a location that is deleted/moved/doesn’t exist then problems like the ones you are experiencing can occur. Try this to see if resetting the Shell:Favorites location back to default helps:
Modifying REGISTRY settings incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuring of REGISTRY settings can be solved. Modifications of these settings are at your own risk.
· Click Start
· Click Computer
· In the address bar, paste this location: %userprofile%
· Press Enter on your keyboard
· Make sure you have a Favorites folder listed in the %userprofile% folder
· If there isn’t a Favorites folder listed, create a new folder and name it Favorites
· Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the run dialog
· In the Open: field, type regedit
· Click OK
· Click Yes on the User Account Control (if prompted)
· Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
· Right click Favorites
· Click Modify…
· In the Value data: field, paste %userprofile%\Favorites
· Click OK
· Exit Registry Editor
So none of this worked.
2) the other solution. I found the other possible answer that did not work but it is for Vista and not Win7 (thought maybe it would work for Win7 too). It was an "integrity" issue. I tried to change the integrity level from low to high but could not get the string correct; wonder if there was something wrong in the example. Anyway here is the post I found and tried to use to change the integrity. I still wonder if changing to higher integrity might work. I just could not figure out how to do it.
"I finally found a real explanation with a solution for this problem on the "microsoft.public.windows.vista.general" Microsoft Discussion group.
Here's the thread:
Problem explained: there's a new permission concept in Vista called "integrity". By default all files on your computer have "medium" or higher integrity. Applications that do not meet or exceed an integrity class cannot modify the files. When Internet Explorer is running in "protected mode" (must be the default on Vista) it runs with "low" integrity to prevent rogue apps from modifying your files without your permission.
•Open an admin command prompt (right-click Command Prompt and click Run As
•Browse to the folder that contains your favorites folder
•Type: icacls favorites /setintegritylevel (OI)(CI)low"
So I tried all of this and could not get it to accept my command; probably my string was incorrect. Actually I think the last sentence should instruct you to type the last word as high instead of low but I tried all kinds of combinations with no luck.
Does anyone have an idea?
Edited by tyl604, 06 May 2011 - 07:06 AM.