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Missing shortcut for IE 7

Hi, I am having a problem with IE 7.  I use Windows XP Pro s/p 3.  I just downloaded it again in hopes it would put an icon on my desktop but it didnt.  The program works because when I go to Start and select Windows update, it uses Internet Explorer to log me in.  When I checked the add/remove file it shows it is installed and when I go to the Programs folder I see it there too but dont see the IE icon in any of the folders nor does it show up under Start menu/Accessories/Systems Tools.  All I need is a shortcut icon so that I can open it.  My default browser is Firefox.  Can someone help me with this please? Thanks.
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Right click  Start and go to Properties and add a Check in the classic menu.
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The shortcut should be located in: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexporer.exe

Right click on the file "iexplorer.exe" and then select "Send to Desktop" to create a shortcut.

You can create a new shortcut on your desktop to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
It should be there in Start > All programs, if not in System Tools. Check attached screen shot. Otherwise you can create the short cut as suggested by TK-77.
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Open up My Computer, navigate to-->: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\

Locate the iexplore.exe file in this directory, Right click on the file, then choose Create Shortcut from the pulldown.  Then you can drag OR copy the shortcut to your desktop.

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I wish that some of these suggestions would work but they don't.  I switched over to the classic view and it does not show up.  I opened Program Files/Internet Exproler and the iexplore.exe is not listed.  Here is what is listed in that folder; Connection Wizard,en-us,MUI, Plugins, Signup, Custsat.dll, hmmapi.dll, iedw.exe, ieproxy.dll. -  The problem seems to be that I am missing the iexplore.exe item.  -What now?
Now you will need to reinstall Internet Explorer. But before that scan your computer for malware. Sounds like something is deleting the iexplore.exe file on purpose to annoy you. You can use Malwarebytes Anti-malware for that. http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php.

Also install a good antivirus software like Kaspersky if you don't already have one. http://www.kaspersky.com.
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