after I downloaded IE8 I was able to open it and everything would load but I wasnt able to click on any links or deven tab down to try to type something in. so I found this website and I went into my Windows Update and at the bottom of the page in the left hand corner I clicked on installed updates. then I clicked on uninstall a program and found IE8 and restarted my computer. it reconfigured everything and now everything is good. I have vista. not sure what to do if you have xp but i'm sure its pretty simular. Hope this helps. it surely helped me with all your guys info. some people just had a hard time being able to uninstall internet explorer 8 so I thought id add a step by step break down for you all...
This happened to me. What worked for me is, I went to the control panel and opened up install/uninstall. including the updates. I removed IE8 and restarted the computer. and now I have my browser back.
Here's what worked for me (also see above by "rushnut, on Oct 22, 2009 2:01:28 pm BST"):
From the Control Panel, select "Add or Remove Programs". On the left side of the Add/Remove Programs window click "Add or Remove Windows Components". This opens "Windows Components Wizard". Internet Explorer should be on the list. Check the box, click "Next", and the progress window should say windows is configuring the component. Once you click Finish, the Internet Explorer icon should appear on the Start Menu ("All Programs"). I launched from this icon and it definitely opened IE version 8 (even though parts of version 7 are still lurking on my computer and I can't get rid of them even after multiple uninstalls).
After you get Internet Explorer working, I highly recommend you go to Mozilla.com and download FIREFOX!!!
(and set Firefox as your default browser). I can't stand IE and all the crap it puts on my computer -- Firefox doesn't do this. And Firefox doesn't get hit by all those viruses written for IE so it's a lot safer for your computer.
I only use IE for web sites that are specifically Not compatible with Firefox!
I downloaded IE 8, it wont launch, starts toload then nothing pops up and the loading stops.
Tried to uninstall, not in the program list or the update list. Each time I use windows update it tells me a greater/newer verison is already installed and it fails, if I refresh the available updates IE 8 still appears but it will not install, always says a newer version was found. I did get Opera and try registry edits and command prompt solutions and still, nothing is working. All I can say is this blows... I can't beleive an update downloaded using and MS tool for an MS O/S could cause such problems.
I wish there was more competition in the home based OS market, they'd have to get their shit together.
I also installed Internet Explorer 8 because of a Windows Update process. I could not access the internet - I kept getting a connectivity error message. I could access through other programs like AOL, AIM, Weather Bug, etc. iI was able to successfully uninstall it form "Add/Remove Programs" and YES - Internet Explorer 7 worked fine again. I immediately went back to Fire Fox, newest version and now everything works great.
Had same problem with IE 8. Saw input regarding System mechanic and updating. Not sure problem is in System Mechanic it self but when updating system mechanic, it may have picked up some new hits on the registry and known hits in the engine for system mechanic.
I use registry mechanic I was behind in the updates so I updated then before I re-ran registry mechanic I tried IE 8 again the same problem still there unable to start. I then went back to registry mechanic and ran with latest updates and had 481 hits majority dealt with kaspresky I did the clean then exited from registry mechanic.
THEN RAN IE 8, IT I WORKING.
I think problem is in registry, there is some entry in the registry that is causing IE 8 to hang when trying to access URL's (any web site). Then when getting the latest registry cleaner (what ever one you have chosen) and it is able to clean the value out of the registary then IE 8 runs.
my recomendation is to run the latest version of your registry cleaner before installing IE 8, then run the registry clean again after the install(just to be safe) and then IE 8 will be able to access URL's. It appears the 2 registry cleaners that are known to effectively clean the registary are 1) SYSTEM MECHANIC and 2) REGISTARY MECHANIC.
CCleaner worked for me.. I just ran the first two cleanup things (cleanup and registry) and it must have cleaned up bad install files or something because it finally worked after that. I tried everything listed here plus more fixes from Microsoft and such and it just kept coming up for about 2-3 seconds then disappearing. GOOD LUCK :)
hey all, try going to Control Panel, Internet Options, Advanced and hit reset, go thru the windows, Close any browser that opens. reopen IE, close. now try to open a link in your email. Hope this works, it did for me with the help from a really cool dude in India. It's 9:00 pm here and 10:00 am there.
I can open IE8 but it says I don't have an internet connection no matter what I do and I hate to break it to the person who said to uninstall it..when you go to add/delete there is no option to uninstall..this is crapp so now I can't update stuff cause of IE8 being a retard..Microsolft is dumb and if I could go mac I would but that would make 90% of my games unusable..
I have a user that this is happening to also. I noticed that if I log on as this user IE8 has launch problems. However if I log on using another account IE8 works fine. It looks like that user profile is corrupted.
So here is my solution, copy "My Documents", "Favorites", and "Desktop" from the C:documents and Settings\<username> folder to a temp folder on a external drive. Then delete the user account and the user from C:documents and Settings\
When you logon again it will create a new profile. Copy the files back to their original location
Add/remove programs and got to windows components and uncheck IE and apply that. On another pc get google chrome by clicking the having trouble link and it will download the installer on your pc. Save that to a thumb drive and run on the affected pc. Problem solved. I did it with xp when ie8 would not even open.
I also did the Windows Update and now cannot not open IE by clicking on the icon. But if I right click and Open as Administrator, it will open. This is annoying but at least it gave me the opportunity to post this.
Yesterday I updated widows 8 also.. my computer wont let me delete words? if I type. I cannot access websites. I cannot download mccafee I did system restore to a week ago and I still get the plain windows exp. window. The reason I am able to post now is thru forefox what is going on I checked my computer it says I dont have the windows 8 in add deleted programs.. what do we do now!!!!!!! this really ticks me off!!~
I had the same problems. Internet explorer 8 would open at all. So I found out that one program in the computer made the Internet 8 not open. This program was System mechanics. Maybe you have this program, if so unistall it and re-open your internet 8. Maybe this will work, if not you have to find the program that gives you this problem. (In your Windows system exploration.)
Well you seem to have more problems than me with your ie 8. What I can say is that you can call for support with a Microsoft technicien at this number: 1-800-936-8479. It is a free service until December 31, 2009. It is for everyone that has a problem with ie 8. The hours that you can call is Monday-Friday 5:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m ,
Saturday- Sunday 6:00 A.M - 03:00 p.m. (North America hours).
Good luck to everyone
I finally got it solved (with microsofts help). Even though I had run the unistal on IE8 it did not completely remove the program. There was a directory for IE8 with a text file under "spunist". I did a "save as" it to the desktop as a .bat file and then ran it. All of IE8 was removed then and I reverted to IE7 with all my old settings. So far everything is working OK. I'm working off my memory, we checked several things while I was on the phone, but those are the only real actions that I had to take to clean it up. Good luck.