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Posted on 2009-05-16
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I was encouraged  by Microsoft to upgrade to IE8 from IE7. I did this but did not like it particularly as it made it very clear that using the Google task bar would cause problems. I was not sure how to  go back to IE7 so I did a system restore. Now IE does not work. It starts and then after a few seconds it simply disappears. I can get into the internet using Google crome but I want IE7 back. I have downloaded IE7 and reinstalled but still no good.
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by:jcimarron
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robertmaclachlan--You should have uninstalled IE8 from Control Panel|Add/Remove.  See if that is still possible.  If not try http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957700
If still no success try using Revouninstaller http://www.revouninstaller.com/
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Windows Installer Cleanup Utility
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;290301
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Thanks for excellent reply. Unfortunately your sugestions didnt work. I decided however to reinstall IE8 and now at least I have IE working again. I assume now that if I correctly remove it I can reinstall IE7.
Robert MacLachlan
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robertmaclachlan--"I assume now that if I correctly remove it I can reinstall IE7."
Yes.  Be sure to use Add/Remove or the procedure in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957700  .
Then you should test to see if IE7 is still on your PC and working before doing another install of IE7.
I see you also have Google Chrome so you will not have to worry about downloading the IE7 install file before you uninstall IE8.
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Many thanks
Robert
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robertmaclachlan--Looking forward to hearing of your success.
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If that doesn't work, you can try this.
With an XP CD that is slip-streamed to the latest service pack in the cd rom drive, run this from a command prompt.
"sfc /scannow".

that will reset all system files to the correct version for the service pack.  this should put you back on IE 6.  (note that it may not give you any information back on what is replaced.  it just does it quietly in the background then says it's done).

Then if necessary, try over the top install of IE 7 again.
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by:robertmaclachlan
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reinstalled ie8 tnen deleted it through controll panel. Then reinstalled IE7 . It now works. IE8 seems to cause all sorts of problems with Google which I do not have time to resolve
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