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Internet Explorer White Screen of Death

Posted on 2014-02-02
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I am using Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer is a white screen with no options to do anything and if I type in a URL it does nothing.

I cannot think of anything that I did (like installation of another program, or uninstalled something) that caused it to occur.

I tried using the "Turn Windows Features On/Off" of "Internet Explorer 11" but turning it off, rebooting and then turning it back on, and rebooting did not seem to help.

Attached is a picture of my predicament.
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Question by:Matthew Kelly
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Does the error occur in safe mode also?

Create a new user profile, log on, and see if the error occurs on that profile also.

If yes to both, try a "refresh install" (repair install) of Windows 8.
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by:Michael Ortega
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Using the windows key + R you can open a run prompt. Type in:

iexplore.exe -extoff

This will open IE with all add-ins and plugins turned off. See if doesn't white screen on you then it means there is a bad add-in that needs to be disabled or removed.

MO
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by:Matthew Kelly
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Ok, works on Guest account.

Also works if I do the windows key +r run with -extoff

However, I disabled all Add Ins and it still is a white screen if I dont run it with extoff
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Internet Options -> Advanced -> Reset resolved the issue.
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Great. You fixed it. :-)
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Couldn't have done it without the troubleshooting help. :-)
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