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#1 jfruch1

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 11:44 AM

Friends computer has done something with her Internet Explorer. Turned it on the other day and it can't be found. I'm going to take a look at it this afternoon and would like to be able to load an alternate web browser on her machine and then hopefully find or download a new copy of IE. Can I get a full copy of Firefox or some other browser so I can get on the internet? Would like to be able to have the alternate browser on a flash drive.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 11:59 AM

One thing you can try is look in Program Files folder (two if 64Bit windows)for the Internet Explorer folder then run iexplore.exe.

Alternatively search for iexplore.exe
If you can't find it someone may have chosen to remove it in "add or remove programs" in XP for example it can be done under a tab on the left called "Add / Remove Windows components"

Someone may have just deleted the shortcut or renamed it accidentally. Look and see if you see the Big E with a funny name. Check the recycle bin and see if it is in there.

Alternative you can download Firefox on your computer and copy it to a flash drive. However some sites do work better with Internet Explorer IMO.

Good Luck

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 12:05 PM

One thing you can try is look in Program Files folder (two if 64Bit windows)for the Internet Explorer folder then run iexplore.exe.

Alternatively search for iexplore.exe
If you can't find it someone may have chosen to remove it in "add or remove programs" in XP for example it can be done under a tab on the left called "Add / Remove Windows components"

Someone may have just deleted the shortcut or renamed it accidentally. Look and see if you see the Big E with a funny name. Check the recycle bin and see if it is in there.

Alternative you can download Firefox on your computer and copy it to a flash drive. However some sites do work better with Internet Explorer IMO.

Good Luck


Thanks for the input. While waiting for a response I found a mobile version of Firefox - had forgotten about that option. I installed it on my flash drive and hopefully that will give me the ability to get on the internet if I need to reinstall her browser.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 12:17 PM

You can also look for Internet Explorer in the Start Menu/All Programs.

If you find it in Program Files and/or in the Start menu RIGHT click on the icon and choose Send to Desktop (create shortcut).

If you create the shortcut from Program Files it will show up as iexplore - Shortcut. Right click the icon to rename it to Internet Explorer.

Use this as a teaching opportunity to show your friend how to put icons on the desktop is she does not know how to do that.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 02 January 2012 - 12:23 PM.





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