November 28, 2014
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Repair or Reinstall Internet Explorer 7 (IE7)

According to the official website of Microsoft, if you are having trouble with IE7 because of demaged files or missing registration information you need to either reinstall or repair IE7 which you have installed. Here we will show you two methods that Microsoft suggests for dealing with IE7 problems. Before you make a decision which method you will use, please read all these 2 methods of repairing IE7. At the end of this artile, we have mentioned what we'd consider the best solution to this IE7 problem.

Method 1 to repair IE7

One possile reason why IE7 is not functioning properly is a corrupted file. Microsoft says that it is the "most likely" reason. In order to make sure this is the cause of IE7 problems, you need to run a check on the files, and see whether one or more are corrupted using the System FileChecker which is included with Windows XP.

Click [Start] [Run], then input sfc/scannow in the box

Most likely you will be prompted to insert the Windows XP CD ROM. If you don't have it available there is no point in congituing repairing IE7, unless you have the required files available on your hard drive and have changed the location of the XP installation files in the registry. The way to modify the default installation location in registry is as below:

Click [Start] [Run], then input Regedit in the box
Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383}
Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below.
Data Type: DWORD // Value Name: IsInstalled
Setting for Value Data: [Change the Value from 1 to 0]
Exit Registry

Running System File Checker to repair IE7 is not a fast process. It may take hours to go through all the hard drives. Once the check has completed, reboot and to see whether IE7 problem has been resolved. If IE7 problems still exist, you have three choices:

  • upgrade Windows XP Operating System
  • Repair Windows XP Operating System
  • Reinstall Windows XP

We suggest a complete reinstall of Windows XP and IE7 after backing up all data files.

Method 2 to repair IE7

The second method to try and correct the IE7 problem involves editing the registry and reinstalling IE7. The standard cautions apply whenever you are editing the registry. Before you do any modifications, backing up the whole registry is always a good idea.

Click [Start] [Run], then type Regedit in the box.
Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383}
Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below.
Data Type: DWORD // Value Name: IsInstalled
Setting for Value Data: [Change the Value from 1 to 0]
Exit Registry

Once you have modified the appropriate registry value, you can go to Microsoft website to download IE7. Install IE7, reboot and test for proper operation.

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