Internet Explorer 8 does not Start – Possible Problems
The most common cause that gives rise to Internet Explorer problems is the possibility of corruption of an add-on among all installed add-ons for Internet Explorer. Some basic add-ons and plug-ins for Internet Explorer 8 are installed with the installation procedure of Internet Explorer 8. Other plug-ins can be installed by users knowingly or unknowingly when they install any program such as the Adobe CS2 or when they download add-on for Internet Explorer.
Among other causes of Internet Explorer 8 problems are corrupt installation of Internet Explorer 8, missing components, Non-MS Processes that conflict with Internet Explorer operations. Most of the Internet enthusiasts also use several downloads that claim to speed your Internet Explorer or offer help on how to secure Internet Explorer 8. Even the download manager you are using may be the cause of Internet Explorer problems.
Finally, the antispyware and antivirus software may also be creating Internet Explorer problems.
The following section takes a look at troubleshooting Internet Explorer 8 for browser startup problems.
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Simple Troubleshooting Internet Explorer 8 - Internet Explorer 8 does not Start
The following three steps are the most simple troubleshooting steps when Internet Explorer 8 does not start. Let us see if one of these fixes the Internet Explorer 8 problems.
Step 1 – Check with a Blank Page
If clicking on the icon does not work, open the Start Menu and select Run. In the dialog box, type "iexplore about:blank" without the quotes. There should be a space after "Iexplore". This is an attempt to load a blank page instead of your default home page. If the Internet Explorer 8 loads, the problem is with your home page. Go to the Tools menu and change the default page to blank.
If the above step does not work, you need to check if the Internet Explorer does not start in other user profiles as well. If you do not have any other user profile, create one.
Step 2 – Check the User Profile
Log into a separate User Profile and see if the Internet problems occur there too. If the Internet Explorer 8 problem is gone, this means that your profile is corrupt. You will have to create a new user profile for use. However, before deleting the old user profile, make sure you check the option to keep your favorites, My Documents, and other settings related to the corrupt profile.
If the Internet Explorer 8 does not start in the other user profile too, you need to check the add-ons, plug-ins, and processes associated for isolating the cause of Internet Explorer 8 problem.
Step 3 – Check Internet Explorer 8 Add-ons
To determine if there is any problem with the add-ons for Internet Explorer on your machine, please check out the step 2 of the guide to troubleshooting Internet Explorer 8 when it hangs frequently. The step 2 of the said article also discusses isolating the add-on creating Internet Explorer 8 problem so that you can fix the Internet Explorer problem.
If the above steps fix your Internet Explorer 8 problems, you are good to go. In case, none of these steps solve the problem when Internet Explorer 8 does not start, we need to go through some more advanced Internet Explorer troubleshooting. The following page details these steps.
Advanced Troubleshooting Internet Explorer 8 - Internet Explorer 8 does not Start
The following paragraphs offer information on further troubleshooting Internet Explorer 8 problems when the previous steps failed.
Check for Conflicts among Processes
If add-ons are not the problem, you have to check out and isolate any process that might be conflicting with the IE process. This should fix your problem. If the Internet Explorer 8 does not start still, you may have to go for a reset of Internet Explorer.
Reset Internet Explorer 8
Please check out the first section of the article Troubleshooting and Reinstalling Internet Explorer in Windows XP to understand how to reset Internet Explorer 8. After the reset, you reboot the computer and start Internet Explorer. If it opens, the Internet Explorer problem is fixed.
Re-register all Components of Internet Explorer 8
If the Internet Explorer does not start even after the reset of Internet Explorer 8, you need to re-register all components of Internet Explorer 8. The link explains how to re-register all components of Internet Explorer without messing up.
Reinstall Internet Explorer 8
In most cases, re-registering all components of Internet Explorer 8 solves the problem. If you see that your Internet Explorer does not start even after re-registering all components of Internet Explorer 8, the final thing you can do is to reinstall Internet Explorer 8. Please follow the steps given under the section "Reinstalling Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8" to reinstall Internet Explorer 8.
If the Internet Explorer problem still remains, there is nothing you can do at your end. You will need to contact the experts at MS Help and Support Center who are trained to fix Internet Explorer problems, including the problem where Internet Explorer does not start.
Tip: While you may reinstall Internet Explorer using a downloaded copy of IE installer, it would be better if you uninstall the Internet Explorer 8, go to Windows Update, and run a search for updates that shows Internet Explorer 8 as an update. This method ensures proper installation of Internet Explorer 8.