I have a Windows XP sp3 installation attached to a domain. The user tried to install Internet Explorer 8 via Windows update. Previous to this, IE6 was installed.
The installation seems to complete without error. No error messages pop up and everything works as it would if the installation were a success. The setup asks for a restart, but after a restart it is like IE8 was never installed. The only difference is that now all of the shortcuts to IE are gone and it is like IE is not even installed on the system. Links no longer open with IE. The association just seems broken.
The "c:\program files\internet explorer" folder is still intact, but contains all of the old IE6 files.
I have tried the following:
1. Removing the IE program files folder, rerunning setup. No change.
2. Resetting the local security policy of the local computer. Rerunning setup, no change.
3. Removed the IE program files folder with IE6 contents, replaced with program files folder from other installation with IE8 installed. Reran setup, no change.