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#1 ShadowChicken

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 11:08 AM

I get an error about internet explorer.

 

 

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What to do to fix?

 



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#2 ItsAllGeekToMe

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 11:55 AM

Try taking a look at this link from Microsoft.  You also might want to try creating another user, log in as that user and see if the problem persists.  If the problem goes away with the new user, your profile is most likely corrupt.



#3 ShadowChicken

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 12:10 PM

All in one tool ran.

Checked enabling admin account

I used google prior to coming here.

 

 

I was wandering if there is anyone who actually knows how to fix the error, rather than googling and sending me to a link.

 

I appreciate the time you spent checking but I have been there.



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 01:37 PM

Are you running IE11? This is required for getting updates through Microsoft. 

 

What is listed in the right pane when you click on the below key?

 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 02:35 PM

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"Default_Search_URL"="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896"
"Search Page"="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896"
"Default_Page_URL"="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157"
"Start Page"="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157"

 

 

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 02:49 PM

That is not a normal registry listing for Internet Explorer. What version of IE are you using? Your image does not look like a normal Windows 7 window. Are you using Windows 7 without Aero? 


Edited by JohnC_21, 02 March 2017 - 02:50 PM.


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 02:58 PM

Your image does not look like a normal Windows 7 window. Are you using Windows 7 without Aero?

 

Yes, disabled no need for it.

 

 

That is not a normal registry listing for Internet Explorer. What version of IE are you using?

 

 

I have removed internet explorer from my machine. I thought maybe there is a work around, without having it... Only issue I have run into so far. There are other ways to install drivers and such.

 

I was just wandering if there was a way to have that work without having internet explorer installed.

 

I figure I could re install windows internet explorer to solve the issue, but I do not want that crap on my machine.



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 03:27 PM

IE is an integral part of the Windows install.  Removing it amounts to gutting something that is vital to Windows functioning properly.  More info follows.

 

http://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-remove-internet-explorer-9

 

http://www.wikihow.com/Uninstall-Internet-Explorer-Completely

 

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Edited by hamluis, 02 March 2017 - 03:31 PM.


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 03:47 PM

As luis posted, IE is an integral part of Windows. There is no possible way of removing it without breaking something as you have found out with Device Manager. You can disable it as far as using it for a browser but that is all.

 

There is a chance you can fool Windows into thinking you have IE6 but I can't say it will work for you. Note: this is an XP support page but the registry entry is the same.

 

http://www.litepc.com/support/kb.cgi?do=read&id=42&lang=

 

Also here showing the need for a Version string.

 

https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/48a532e3-a061-4e42-829a-a17574874bec/mmc-not-starting-depends-on-ie8?forum=quebeccomponentsforum


Edited by JohnC_21, 02 March 2017 - 06:22 PM.


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 06:15 PM

@Hamluis  I understand the "risk" this seven year old install is running as fast as the day it was installed, simply because I do not install updates that are not needed and trash a machine over time.

 

@JohnC_21 Thanks, that did the trick. The .inf file would not open, so I will post what I did incase some one else might want to know.

 

 

Going to this link. I had to click where it says download .inf file.

Although it would not download, so I copied the content of the page.

Opened a notepad and poasted it there, named it i.inf 

Saved it to my desktop.

Right clicked it and selected install.

Then rebooted my machine, tested and now device manager works without issue.

 

Here is what was copy pasted to notepad.

 

[Version]
signature="$CHICAGO$"
[DefaultInstall]
AddReg = addreg
[addreg]
HKLM,"Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer",Version,0,6.00.0000

Like to say thanks. :thumbup2:



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 06:22 PM

Glad the hack worked for you. Thanks for the update.



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 06:47 PM

Also would like to add that I did not run the all in one tool or enable the admin account, that was posted by me to keep the obvious try this try that post away from this thread.






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