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Posted on 03/24/2014 3:56:30 PM PDT by Leaning Right

So I'm downloading a Microsoft security update (at microsoft.com) and I get a message: Do you want to update to IE8? Why not, I says to myself, so I check the box. Well, something went wrong. My Favorites, Tools, etc. line has disappeared. And right-click no longer works when I'm online. Any help would be appreciated.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: ie7; ie8
I tried System Restore, but that didn't help. I'm running XP, with (I think) Service Pack 3. Microsoft's site now tells me that IE8 is installed. I'd just as soon have my old IE 7 back. But how?
1 posted on 03/24/2014 3:56:30 PM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: Leaning Right

I don’t have XP up in front of me but maybe you can go to add/install programs and uninstall IE8. it will default back to the previous version if you uninstall it.


2 posted on 03/24/2014 3:58:40 PM PDT by soycd
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To: Leaning Right
Stop using Internet Explorer..I use Firefox
3 posted on 03/24/2014 3:59:26 PM PDT by vigilante2 (Re-elect nobody)
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To: Leaning Right

I think Microsoft just stopped supporting Windows XP. Personally I’ve stayed away from Internet Explorer since 2004, because it is slower and less safe than other browsers, when it comes to malware. Currently my default browser is Google Chrome, and if that doesn’t do what I want, like saving/reading .MHT files, I use Opera.


4 posted on 03/24/2014 4:00:49 PM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Leaning Right

good luck you may try the following, right side click for the correct version

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-help#windows=windows-7


5 posted on 03/24/2014 4:00:53 PM PDT by deport
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To: vigilante2
Stop using Internet Explorer..I use Firefox

If you have a 64 bit machine you can use Waterfox an update of firefox.

6 posted on 03/24/2014 4:02:12 PM PDT by mountainlion
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To: Leaning Right

I felt this burn myself... Pretty sure it was going from 7 to 8... and the browser performance just went completely in the toilet.

I was beyond livid. I think my solution was to completely delete 8 and then reinstall 7 from the CD that came with the computer... I vowed to never ever update to the newest version of Internet Exploder. Good Luck.


7 posted on 03/24/2014 4:02:38 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Leaning Right

It’s working just as designed. Use Firefox or Chrome for your browser. Purchase and install Windows 7 Upgrade and some of the Microsoft disasters will go away.


8 posted on 03/24/2014 4:03:28 PM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Leaning Right

Just uninstall IE8, which will revert you back to IE7.


9 posted on 03/24/2014 4:07:27 PM PDT by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: Leaning Right

I believe Microsoft support for XP ends on April 8th.


10 posted on 03/24/2014 4:09:36 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: Leaning Right
To uninstall Internet Explorer 8: If you don't reinstall Internet Explorer 8, your computer will revert to Internet Explorer 7 and the Internet Explorer 7 cumulative updates that were on your computer before installing Internet Explorer 8.
Run Windows Update to be sure your computer isn't missing the latest Internet Explorer 7 updates.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/uninstall-internet-explorer
11 posted on 03/24/2014 4:11:17 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Leaning Right

Switched to Firefox... never went back to Microsoft browser, especially since I found the privacy add-ons to customize Firefox.


12 posted on 03/24/2014 4:13:29 PM PDT by LowOiL ("Abomination" sure sounds like "ObamaNation" to me.)
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To: Leaning Right

Use Firefox. You can back up your BM and import them on every Firefox update.


13 posted on 03/24/2014 4:13:48 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: Leaning Right
Wait, is it just the toolbar that's disappeared? Try right clicking on the grey area just under the address window. You'll get a dropdown containing Menu Bar, Favorites Bar, etc. Check the ones you want and they should reappear.

If I've misinterpreted, please forgive me. Good luck!

14 posted on 03/24/2014 4:13:57 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Leaning Right

Use Chrome. It is a much better browser than from Microsoft.


15 posted on 03/24/2014 4:17:38 PM PDT by sagar
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To: South40

Thanks for the suggestion. But when I tried to unstall IE8 from the Add/Remove list, I got a message that says a file must be located for “Windows NT Service Pack Uninstall Directory’ (whatever that is). It will not let me continue with the IE8 uninstall.


16 posted on 03/24/2014 4:19:02 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Billthedrill

Yes, the toolbar just plain disappeared. But the right-click function no longer works on any web page. Right-click still works on the desktop, so I know it’s not a mouse problem.


17 posted on 03/24/2014 4:21:28 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: oh8eleven

Thanks for the suggestion...but I get some sort of error message when I tried your suggestion. Please see my post #16.


18 posted on 03/24/2014 4:24:36 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Leaning Right

Microsoft made using IE too painful. I went to firefox a few years back and now bounce between chrome and firefox. In fact I have both open doing different things right now.

I just fired IE up to see if I could help, they have changed it again, there are about 20 icons across the top, most of unclear purpose.

Is there a reason you you IE? If not, there are more consistent options available.


19 posted on 03/24/2014 4:25:11 PM PDT by dangerdoc (pWestboro Bank you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: dangerdoc
I use IE mainly because some older relatives also use my computer, and change does not come easy to them. If I switch to Firefox or Chrome, will things look that much different?
20 posted on 03/24/2014 4:28:41 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Leaning Right

Make sure you update your computer’s graphics card too.


21 posted on 03/24/2014 4:30:20 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Leaning Right

Try putting the mouse cursor over that spot and hitting F10. It’s a long shot...


22 posted on 03/24/2014 4:32:05 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Leaning Right
This might be slightly different from what you have already tried. Method 3 is the one for Windows XP users. Crossing my fingers!

Here's the link!

23 posted on 03/24/2014 4:39:48 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: Leaning Right

DId you actually reboot the computer? Installation isn’t complete until you reboot.


24 posted on 03/24/2014 4:40:58 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Leaning Right

25 posted on 03/24/2014 4:41:55 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. ~ Albert Einstein)
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To: Leaning Right
If I switch to Firefox or Chrome, will things look that much different?

Not much different although things may be in a different spot. You'll have to do some customizing (but you do with IE too) to select search engine, etc. Tool bars are done the same way.

Chrome is probably the easiest and fastest.

26 posted on 03/24/2014 4:47:02 PM PDT by Abby4116
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To: Leaning Right

System restre won’t do it.

The new IE thinks it is part of Windows 8 (the worst OS since ME).

You now get to go through the fun of trying to figure out where they hid the User Interface (such as the File toolbar).

Start by right-clicking in the upper left and see if you can find the “Toolbars” selection - turn on “Menu Bar” and the old menu will come back.

I agree Firefox is better UI and Chrome is tons faster — download them and keep IE for pure business essentials.


27 posted on 03/24/2014 4:51:37 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: Leaning Right

To me they look more like IE than IE does.

It won’t be a huge change.

Chrome is the easiest, especially if you remember the address bar is also the search bar.


28 posted on 03/24/2014 4:56:56 PM PDT by dangerdoc (pWestboro Bank you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: Leaning Right; South40; dainbramaged

What South40 and dainbramaged both said.


29 posted on 03/24/2014 4:58:29 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Leaning Right
Have you considered an iMac ?
Everyone I've recommended the Apple has been pleased with the way they work.
30 posted on 03/24/2014 5:21:34 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Leaning Right

Have you tried doing a Restore from Safemode?


31 posted on 03/24/2014 5:32:38 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Leaning Right

Don’t right click the Web page ... right click up in the gray area where the menus were.


32 posted on 03/24/2014 5:37:08 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: al_c

Yep, tried that. Right-click doesn’t work anywhere, including in the grey area.

And for what it’s worth, I did a quick Google search. Others who have “upgraded” to IE8 report the exact same problems. But I can’t find any solutions!

Thanks for trying to help.


33 posted on 03/24/2014 5:47:43 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Leaning Right

Weird.


34 posted on 03/24/2014 6:11:44 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: Leaning Right
Please protect your sanity and ignore all the drooling idiot perverts whose only contribution is "Buy a ***!"

(Rhymes with "hack")

35 posted on 03/24/2014 6:45:07 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: dangerdoc
Suppose I move over to Chrome. What happens to my Favorites list? Do I have to build it up from scratch again? Does Chrome even have a Favorites list? Thanks.
36 posted on 03/24/2014 6:51:30 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Leaning Right

goto Control Panel, then click Add/Remove. Check “Show Updates”, Click on the latest IE Update, then click remove. Hopefully this should help. Try removing in the “Safe Mode” if the firt method doesn’t work.

A nice slimmer and more secure browser is Comodo Dragon (based on Chrome).


37 posted on 03/24/2014 7:38:05 PM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: A_Tradition_Continues
Thanks for the suggestion. When I tried to uninstall IE8, the uninstall stopped and I got a message asking me for the location of vgx.dll.000.

I did a search, and vgx.dll.000 (whatever that is) is not on my computer. And I cannot find a way to get it on my computer.

There has got to be a way to get back to IE7, but I sure can't find it.

Thanks for trying to help.

38 posted on 03/24/2014 7:50:26 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Leaning Right

When I installed it, it imported my favorites from fire fox. You can install another browser without removing ie. Load one and see what you think.


39 posted on 03/24/2014 8:18:07 PM PDT by dangerdoc (pWestboro Bank you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Solve a free software question with a thousand dollar hardware answer.


40 posted on 03/24/2014 8:23:45 PM PDT by dangerdoc (pWestboro Bank you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Solve a free software question with a thousand dollar hardware answer.


41 posted on 03/24/2014 8:23:46 PM PDT by dangerdoc (pWestboro Bank you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: Leaning Right

My Internet Explorer doesn’t work at all, a mystery to me. Suppose to be Explorer 11. But when I open it, it just sits there...will not go to any site, nothing.

I mostly use Opera or Chrome, so not a big deal. But I’m just puzzled why IE won’t work. I even uninstalled, then re-installed...but same thing happens. It just sits there, won’t work.

I’ve got Avira, plus ran Mawarebytes, but have no virus showing up. So it’s an IE mystery I so far can’t solve.


42 posted on 03/24/2014 8:43:25 PM PDT by Cedar
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To: Leaning Right

Same thing happened to me and I freaked. Tried all the tricks I knew to restore my system and my sanity.. But somehow about 3 days later everything came back on it’s own. All my favorites, everything. So maybe a little patience is required. I know I didn’t have it but I didn’t know all was not lost at the time.


43 posted on 03/25/2014 1:22:03 AM PDT by tinamina (.)
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To: dangerdoc

If you like your software problem you can keep your software problem.
And keep on having software problems.


44 posted on 03/25/2014 5:21:44 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I have two Macs and two PCs.

I have just as many problems with the Macs as the PCs.

Besides, fixing a free software problem with a $1000 hardware solution sounds like a democrat solution.


45 posted on 03/25/2014 5:37:05 AM PDT by dangerdoc (pWestboro Bank you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: mountainlion

If you have a 64 bit machine you can use Waterfox an update of firefox.

I'll look into that, thank you.

46 posted on 03/25/2014 7:07:32 PM PDT by vigilante2 (Re-elect nobody)
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