java won't display on IE8

I have a machine that I've loaded the latest version of Java on it but when I go to test Java, it doesn't bring up the icon in the tray and of couse the Java test page doesn't display. I have gone through some of the suggestions on the web but I still haven't found anything that will make this installation work. I have also removed and reinstalled the Java
IE8 is on the machine

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You can check if the java plug in has been started in browser.

For this goto Tools- Internet options- Programs - Manage add ons

Also you can goto Advanced tab and enable everything that is related to java plug in.
When you mention that you "go to test Java" do you mean by visiting a Java testing site, or by simply trying to open the Java platform directly from the computer?

For instance, have you tried going here:

or here:

Are you not getting a response at all?

If you have gone here and it is not working, I suggest installing using the OFFLINE Java Installer and see if that helps.

johnbowdenAuthor Commented:
first site, I've been to and when I test the Java, it doesn't load the Java test box.
2nd site, same thing, no pink box, just a red x
3rd site, I've downloaded the offline install and it installs fine. I did uninstall, registry clean and a reinstall. still nothing. I have another machine right beside me that works just fine and has similar programs running.

I've turned on logging but not sure where the log files are. I read in another post that they are located in windows\java but I don't see anything there. not sure if that will help out
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johnbowdenAuthor Commented:
the only way that I could get it to work was to reformat and reinstall.

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Dennis JohnsonIT technicianCommented:
I would suggest clearing the Temporary Internet Files but you were a bit impatient...
johnbowdenAuthor Commented:
that was the first thing that I did. I also used CCleaner, RegCleaner and a few other programs. No I wasn't impatient. This is a customer's pc and they are not going to wait around for days until I come up with a solution. Reformating and reinstalling was my only choice. I spent a fair bit of time researching the problem on the net but none of the solutions that were suggested at that point were working for me
Dennis JohnsonIT technicianCommented:
Ok then.
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