Skip to comments.Internet Explorer won't open after clicking icon on desktop
Posted on 01/24/2008 7:24:54 AM PST by navysealdad
Internet Explorer won't open after clicking icon on desktop. Any suggestions on a fix?
HAve you looked in the events logs for additional clues?
Try if from START menu.
Try if from START menu.
Happened once. My son shut down the whole system...including that little internet box (signal box)?in front of me. Then he turned it all on and voila!!
First things first, make sure you’re logged in.
Have you seen if it is running in the task manager? It may be hidden such as dragged below the visible desktop. Also, if you occasionally run multiple monitors, sometimes a computer acts like this even if they aren’t connected. Happens to me all the time. I use two additional monitors w/ my laptop.
Too many porn sites.
Sorry. Just a stupid joke. There's a possibility you're clicking on a shortcut to IE that no longer points to the correct file. There are several reasons that could happen. Check and see if you can run IE from the start menu, or find IE in the Explorer and try to run it from the file itself, not a shortcut (the files shown in the start menu are shortcuts also). If you can run IE from the start menu or the Explorer, you just have a bad shortcut file. Trash it and create a new shortcut. If that's not it, I don't know.
Turn everything off, including internet connection, then reboot.
Pull the plug.
Then get Firefox.
Then get Spybot Search and Destroy.
Then delete all your cookies and start over.
How are you posting, another computer?
It’s a friend’s conputer.. I’m going over to try and figure out how to solve the problem and thought some of the best minds are here at FP
Which version of IE is this? 6? 7?
As a general rule of thumb, if you're having any problems with IE, then it really helps to clear out the cache.
The easiest way to do this is via "Tools | Internet Options... | Temporary Internet Files | Delete Files".
Be patient, though - if you've got several hundred megabytes of cached files on the hard drive, then it could take upwards of 5 minutes for IE to clear them all out of its database and delete them.
By the way, programs refusing to start can often be a sign of a system which has run out of memory.
If the system has run out of either memory in RAM, or "memory" [i.e. disk space] on the hard drive, then programs will refuse to run.
As far as the hard drive is concerned, go into explorer and look at the drive he is booting off of [almost certainly this will be the "C:\" drive, although, in a few exotic circumstances, it could be a different drive], and, if he's getting under 100 MB of free space on that drive [and ESPECIALLY if he's getting under 10 MB of free space!!!], then you need to start moving things around and deleting things so as to free up some more hard drive territory.
Along those lines, be sure that the "Recycle Bin" has been emptied - the space on the hard drive that should have been freed up won't really have been relinquished by the system unless & until you take that last step of completely emptying the Recycle Bin.
But if he is getting to the point where he is consistently running out of either memory in RAM or "memory" [disk space] on the hard drive, and if he's not an expert user who knows how to "penny-pinch" his way out of a crisis like that, then, long term, the best solution is to upgrade [either more RAM, or a larger hard drive, or both].
Good luck and let us know if you have success or not. Worst case, I can always come to work to FReep.
What a blessing!!! Try Firefox
Go to “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer” and double click “iexplore.exe”
If explorer comes up go back to that file and right click it, click “send to” then choose desktop shortcut.
Delete the old explorer shortcut first though.
if explorer comes up but no page try unplugging your cable, dsl whatever box and the router if you have one for 30 secs then plug back in.
I tried all the suggestions and rebooted each time and no luck.. then I ran a quick scan on Adware, it didn’t find anything but I hit Fix anyway and then rebooted. Now it works!!! Not sure why but it’s working....
Good for you, persistence pays!