How to Repair Internet Explorer

By Diane Dilov-Schultheis

Microsoft's Internet Explorer is one of the top internet browsers used by individuals all over the globe. Internet Explorer has numerous great features, but it also is plagued by errors and other problems. If you are experiencing any type of trouble with Internet Explorer on your computer, the following steps detail how to repair it. Before long, you can be surfing the internet again. Read on to learn how to repair Microsoft Internet Explorer in the various Windows operating systems.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer

Step 1

Repair Internet Explorer in Windows 98. Select “Start” and then “Settings.” Click on “Control Panel,” then “Add/Remove Programs.” Locate Microsoft Internet Explorer on the list of programs installed and choose it by clicking on it. Select “Uninstall/Remove.” A box will open; pick “Repair” from the available options followed by “Continue.” Allow Internet Explorer to be repaired, then reboot your system to finalize it.

Step 2

Repair Internet Explorer 6 in Windows XP. One of the quickest and easiest ways to repair Internet Explorer 6 is to upgrade it to Internet Explorer 7 (see Resources below for a link to Microsoft's Internet Explorer download page). This may take care of your problems; if not read the other options presented.

Step 3

Repair Internet Explorer 6 in Windows XP using Service Pack 2, if you do not already have it installed on your computer. Open Microsoft Update webpage (see Resources below for a link). Once your system has been scanned, click on the “Express” install button. If you have not previously installed Service Pack 2 on your system and your computer is eligible for it, Windows XP Service Pack 2 will be one of the options listed. Click on the “Install” button to install it. Shut down and restart Internet Explorer to apply.

Step 4

Repair Internet Explorer 7 in Windows XP. If you are having trouble with Internet Explorer 7, open Internet Explorer, click on “Tools” followed by “Internet Options.” Select the tab titled “Advanced,” then choose “Reset.” Select “Reset” again in the box that opens. After it has been reset, select the “Close’ and then “OK.” Close and then restart Internet Explorer to apply fix.

Step 5

Repair Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista. If you have Vista installed with Internet Explorer 7, click on “Tools” and then “Internet Options.” Select the tab titled “Advanced,” then choose “Reset.” Select “Reset” for a second time in the box that opens. Select the “Close’ and then “OK.” Shut down and restart Internet Explorer to apply changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • When making changes to Internet Explorer 7 in Microsoft Vista, you will more in likely have to “Apply Actions” to use the “Reset” option.