windows 7 Internet Explorer 11 (and 8)

I've never seen this happen and I haven't been able to find a solution.
IE keeps coming up that it has to close.  No matter how often I close the message window, it keeps returning.
Eventually I have to use the Task Manager to get rid of IE running and spinning all these errors.

I reinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium from 64 to 32 on an all-new partition.  That is, I wiped the hard drive using the Windows install tools for that purpose before installing Windows 7 Home Premium 32.
It made NO DIFFERENCE!!  The problem remains.

Heretofore, this computer was working fine.
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Fred MarshallPrincipalAsked:
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rindiCommented:
Test the disk using the disk manufacturer's diagnostic tool and replace it if it is bad. Also run memtest86+. You'll find both on the UBCD:

http://mirror.sysadminguide.net/ubcd/ubcd535.iso
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Michael-BestCommented:
Remove any add-ons  or browser helpers.

Read "Manage add-ons in Internet Explorer"
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/manage-add-ons#ie=ie-11
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Fred MarshallPrincipalAuthor Commented:
Thje RAM and HD have been tested and are OK.

Solutions requiring IE to *work* aren't going to help because it doesn't work.
No add-ons have been added to this clean, new OS install - other than Microsoft Windows Updates.
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nobusCommented:
are you saying that IE does not run from a fresh installed windows - into which you boot?
that is hard to believe
are there other disks connected?
if so, disconnect all other drives, and install windows clean- delete ALL existing partitions on the drive
(of course - if needed- you have a backup?)
so - make no partitions at all on the new drive, just install windows - it WILL work
best use a new, or clean drive for this!
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Fred MarshallPrincipalAuthor Commented:
nobus:  
are you saying that IE does not run from a fresh installed windows - into which you boot?
Yes.
that is hard to believe
Yes, it is, isn't it?

Also, I've never seen this "looping" behavior before.
When IE is started, this happens *immediately*:

START LOOP:
Internet Explorer has stopped working.

A problem caused the program to stop working correctly.  Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.
[Close Program]
(Click on Close Program)
RETURN TO START LOOP:

When I look at the Event Viewer, I see an error with these details:
- System

  - Provider

   [ Name]  Application Error
 
  - EventID 1000

   [ Qualifiers]  0
 
   Level 2
 
   Task 100
 
   Keywords 0x80000000000000
 
  - TimeCreated

   [ SystemTime]  2015-06-23T16:03:13.000000000Z
 
   EventRecordID 1431
 
   Channel Application
 
   Computer Win7H32
 
   Security
 

- EventData

   winsat.exe
   6.1.7601.17514
   4ce78e9c
   KERNELBASE.dll
   6.1.7601.18847
   554d7b00
   80000003
   00034936
   f38
   01d0adcdf66577ba
   C:\Windows\system32\winsat.exe
   C:\Windows\system32\KERNELBASE.dll
   593fd52a-19c1-11e5-9ea4-0014d11f3d03
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Fred MarshallPrincipalAuthor Commented:
Well, I have installed some "standard" programs.  Perhaps I should try this directly after the Windows install and before any updates or anything else.  Chrome and Firefox work fine.
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rindiCommented:
I can only imagine something like this happening if there is something wrong with the hardware. How did you verify that the disk and RAM are OK? did you run those tests I suggested, or something else? Usually only the manufacturer's diagnostic tool will give you reliable info on the state of the disk (and always run the long test). Also, to test the RAM you need memtest86+. All other memory testing software I've used were unreliable. For example, I had a problem where I couldn't install Windows onto a PC, I either got a BSOD, or the installation just hung after some time. I then tested the RAM using Windows memory tester, which told me the RAM was fine. I used another memory tester which also told me the RAM was fine (memtest), and then I ran memtest86+, which had errors. So I replaced the RAM module that had those errors with another that memtest86+ showed was OK, and Windows installed without any problems.

A further thing, but that is also a hardware issue, could be that your installation media is bad. Did you install from DVD or USB stick? Did you try another? Also check your BIOS settings and disable any overclocking  features etc.
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nobusCommented:
how did you do the install?  from an install DVD?
if it was from an image, or from a restore partition - these can be bad also

we must verify each step - in order to find what's the cause here, but we'll find it
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Fred MarshallPrincipalAuthor Commented:
I thought I had it fixed.  
The computer had an unused IDE drive in addition to the boot SATA drive.
Removing the unused drive seemed to make the difference.  But I concluded that too soon.

I'm installing Windows from a DVD.
I fully erased the HD this time and reinstalled thereafter from the Windows 7 DVD.
Everything seemed to work fine.
But, after installing over 100 Windows updates, IE would not run again.
I sure hope to NOT scour through all those updates to see if there's one that offends.
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nobusCommented:
it seems that the updates are the cause - not the fresh install
you can hope that later updates do fix it + several reboots
also run sfc /scannow

no errors in device manager - and all drivers are installed?

otherwise - use another browser
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Fred MarshallPrincipalAuthor Commented:
It appears that it's fixed now.
I had to disable video hardware acceleration.  Couldn't do that from IE as IE wouldn't run!  So, ran an MS Fixit to disable it.
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Fred MarshallPrincipalAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help!  So, as we thought initially, it was hardware ... sort of.  And, as we also imagined, it was software.
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nobusCommented:
i don't see why you disable the hardware acceleration from IE.
normally, it is a setting in the software, or driver,
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Fred MarshallPrincipalAuthor Commented:
nobus:  You'd have to ask Microsoft about that....  :-)
It's the first thing on the list in IE under Tools / Internet Options / Advanced "Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering".  And that's where all the guidance I found for this problem led me.  But, as above, it's not reachable that way if IE isn't working.  More at:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2528233 where the link to the Fixit lies as well.
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nobusCommented:
Fred, tx for the info - always useful
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