How to Reinstall the Internet Explorer Toolbar on Microsoft Windows XP

By Candace Benson

Included with Microsoft's operating systems, Internet Explorer remains a popular Web browser used to surf the Internet. Windows XP also uses Internet Explorer to render some parts of the operating system. The Internet Explorer toolbar system includes the Favorites Bar, Command Bar, Status Bar and Menu Bar. If your Internet Explorer toolbar is not functioning properly, you may experience problems with Internet Explorer crashing or showing error messages when attempting to navigate websites or when using Windows XP. To correct these problems you can either reset the browser or reinstall it.

Things You'll Need

  • Administrator-level account
  • Internet access

Reset Internet Explorer

Step 1

Close all programs.

Step 2

Click on "Start," then "Control Panel." Click on "Classic View" in the left column if applicable.

Step 3

Double-click "Internet Options."

Step 4

Click on the "Advanced" tab.

Step 5

Click on the "Reset Settings" button. Click on the "Reset" button to confirm.

Step 6

Restart your computer.

Uninstall and Reinstall

Step 1

Click on "Start," then "Control Panel." Click on "Classic View" in the left column, if applicable.

Step 2

Double-click "Add/Remove Programs."

Step 3

Double-click "Windows Internet Explorer 8" in the Programs list and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the removal.

Step 4

Allow Windows to restart the computer.

Step 5

Download Internet Explorer 8 via Microsoft's Internet Explorer website. Install the Web browser.