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May have deleted uninstall files for Explorer Beta 2????????

by wgrayson / July 29, 2006 1:17 AM PDT

I'm currently running XP SP2.

I loaded Explorer Beta 2 awhile back, and now that Beta 3 is out, I wanted to upgrade. You have to uninstall the previous version before you can upgrade to the next. Following Microsoft's instructions didn't work (Using Add/Remove Programs). Following the advanced instructions didn't work --- running the actual
C:\Windows\$NtUninstallie7beta2$\spuninst\spuninst.exe
file. I get an error message saying the file isn't where it's supposed to be.

I've done a search of my hard drive -- it's not there. What I think I MUST have done in previous system cleans is manually delete the uninstaller file because I can't find it anywhere. Those windows update files start to pile up, so I delete them on a regular basis.

Explorer won't let me reinstall Beta 2 so I can properly uninstall it. I am also unable to MANUALLY delete the Explorer folder in the Programs File directory --- I get messages saying ''. . .part of this file is in use by windows. . .'' and it won't delete.

Okay, how do I get myself out of this mess I put myself in? (Oh. My backup system backs up critical files, but not those uninstall files. I never thought I'd need a backup!)

Thanks,

W!

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Try...
by shahedc / July 29, 2006 7:29 AM PDT

Reinstalling IE Beta 2, then uninstall. This way, all the the files necessary for removal will be where they belong.

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OR TRY........................................

System Restore !!!!

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Still no luck
by wgrayson / July 29, 2006 5:42 PM PDT

Unfortunately, Internet Explorer won't let me reinstall Beta 2 -- it asks me to UNINSTALL Beta 2 before it will install it again.

I did actually try System Restore before I read this post, with almost disastrous results. When I restored back as far as I could (about a month and a half), it restored a few other BUGS and ERRORS that I had fixed -- and I still couldn't uninstall Explorer.

So I guess I'm back at square one. . . .

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