Okay, Internet Explorer is a thing you'd like, but it's not a crisis.
That's good. I keep it around partly from habit -- I think it's build into my nervous system by now -- and partly because in Win 98 days, Microsoft's programming utilities used to require IE, and every good hacker -- or mediocre hacker with pretensions, which probably best described me -- had to keep IE 5 or 6 running. But I have Firefox as a backup anymore.
Getting back to you, I'm still not really visualizing your problem. Is your screen absolutely blank when you try to bring up IE, or do you have a mostly blank (white) screen with a URL pointing to "blank.space" or something similar? That happens to me occasionally; for some reason the browser looses track of what my Home Page is.
Also ... You're running a 32-bit version of Vista, I gather. What came with Vista originally, what you get if you do a fresh install on either a 32-bit or 64-bit PC, is a 32-bit version of IE 8. A couple years later, Microsoft released 32 and 64-bit versions of IE 9, and of course many many updates since then. I'm wondering if you or some well-intentioned "helper" might have tried to install the wrong version of IE or the wrong version of some updates.
I'm looking at the Microsoft Update catalog now and it shows 56 files for "Vista Internet Explorer 9", which isn't a whole lot since the x86 stuff makes up only a third of that... you could probably download and reinstall "wu-ie9-windowsvista-x86_90e3e90...." in about two minutes. I'd like to know what happens when you try that.
Edited by mike_shupp, 18 January 2018 - 09:34 PM.