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No MSIE on a Win XP Pro computer

by Cletus29 / November 10, 2005 12:34 PM PST

A neighbor lady brought over her 2 year old Dell laptop running Win XP Pro that obviously had not been kept up to date. We installed and ran Spybot, AdAware, AVG, and SpywareBlaster and removed considerable garbage. I checked and found that SP-2 had not been installed so decided we should also install and run MSAS before installing SP-2.

We had been using FireFox and I tried to bring up MSIE for the Microsoft download, but could not find MSIE anywhere on the computer. Outlook Express was there, but no MSIE and we really must have that to get her Windows updates current.

I have never worked with a Windows computer that did not have some version of MSIE installed and really don?t know how to find and install it.

I don?t like to get into an area that I am not familiar with on a computer belonging to some one else so could use some help here.


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by sheilakmcd / November 10, 2005 4:07 PM PST

Click Start, then Run, type in iexplore.exe, click ok, and see if it comes up.

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MSIE missing...
by Papa Echo / November 10, 2005 4:24 PM PST

MSIE suposedly cannot be removed easily, as it is part and parcel of the new Windows OS. Go to control Panel> Add/Remove Programs, and at the left panel, go for Add/Remove Windows Components. Internet Explorer should be there with a check box.....

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Further testing this morning---
by Cletus29 / November 11, 2005 4:58 AM PST
In reply to: MSIE missing...

Did a run iexplore.exe and got a window saying Windows cannot find iexplore.

Looked at Control Panel Windows Components and see a check on Internet Explorer with a file size of 0.0 MB.

There is a file "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe", but double clicking on it does nothing. It is about 89Kilobytes in size.

I am guessing that someone installed FireFox on her Dell XP Pro and then deleted MSIE reasoning that it was no longer needed. If true however, I don?t understand how Outlook Express is alive and working---I thought it was part of MSIE.

I told the lady to continue using the computer, but that she was at risk without SP-2 and many upgrades installed.

Can anyone tell me how I can install MSIE on this thing?


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by Papa Echo / November 11, 2005 6:07 AM PST
Looked at Control Panel Windows Components and see a check on Internet Explorer with a file size of 0.0 MB.

The file size of 0.0 MB mearly means that no further space is utilized if you put a check on the item. A check is put there to ''turn on'' or activate MSIE. You can try installing it from from HERE. After installing, get the security patches from Windows update. You can also try running sfc /runnow and see whether the missing file can be reiunstalled.
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Missing IE
by Rodax / November 11, 2005 11:20 AM PST
In reply to: RE MSIE

I was missing IE at one time. I went to BestBuy and got a free MSN startup disk. Reinstalled it from there.

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