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Cannot access Internet options

by dawillie / June 1, 2008 9:12 AM PDT

Help please.

Running Windows XP-SP-2, fully patched and IE 7.0 for a browser.

When I go to Tools> Internet Options and click on it, I see some thing flashing but no options menu that starts with the General and has a series of tabs.

All other things in the Tools menu are accessible e.g. Sun Java console, Yahoo Messenger etc.

Can someone please show me a workaround to this.


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Re: Cannot access Internet options
by Tufenuf / June 1, 2008 11:29 AM PDT

dawillie, If you have Spybot S&D installed open it, click Mode, choose Advanced Mode,click on Tools, click on IE Tweaks and uncheck "Lock IE start page setting against user changes {current user}".

If you don't have Spybot S&D installed go to the link below and click on Win XP Fixes, click on "Fix Internet Options Restriction" (left column) and download the "xp_fix_internetoptions.vbs" file - Disable/Enable Set Internet Options in Windows XP.

Instructions are on the page.


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Thank you
by dawillie / June 1, 2008 12:26 PM PDT

I found the link and d/l the workaround but it did not work even though I followed the instructions.

Looks like a Registry value needs to be changed or should I just uninstall and re-install IE 7.0?



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Re: Thank you
by Tufenuf / June 1, 2008 12:54 PM PDT
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David, I never installed IE7 so I wouldn't know if uninstalling it and going back to IE6 would correct that problem. It wouldn't hurt to try it. Do you have any anti-spyware or anti-virus programs installed which may have a setting similar to Spybot S&D?


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(NT) Not as far as I am aware.
by dawillie / June 1, 2008 1:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: Thank you
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Uninstalling/reinstalling may do it, but...
by John.Wilkinson / June 1, 2008 3:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Thank you

Could you post a screenshot (using a free hosting website such as ImageShack) to illustrate what the flashing thing is that appears instead of the standard menu? The reinstallation may resolve the problem if it's a IE corruption issue, but if it's a setting or third-party application issue it may not.


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