Repair Internet Explorer® in Windows® XP®

Things that are to be taken care of to ensure Internet Explorer in Windows XP works efficiently. Also, find tips on how to get rid of connectivity problems.

Windows XP and Internet Explorer are relatively stable programs, but they do sometimes experience errors which can be very frustrating for users when the problem continues to recur. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to resolve these issues with Internet Explorer in Windows XP. At times you may experience errors while you are sending an e-mail from a link in Internet Explorer. Other common problems include an error message showing that the page can't be displayed, missing pictures, non-functional hyperlinks etc. Also, Internet Explorer sometimes crashes in Windows XP Operating System. Sometimes the programs that run in Internet Explorer with a plug-in may fail to operate. At other times, Internet Explorer will load pages bit by bit and it may warn you that your settings don't allow ActiveX controls to run in web pages. Problems that you experience with running Internet Explorer in Windows XP Operating System are not necessarily caused by the browser itself because some problems may occur because your video drivers are out of date or because you don't have the latest version of Flash Player, Adobe Reader or Java installed in your PC.

Solutions to solve problems with IE in windows XP are given below:

  • Tips to prevent the problems

  • Update IE

  • Additional solutions

Tips to prevent the problems

To solve the common problems with Internet Explorer in Windows XP, click 'Tools' and 'Internet Options'. Then click the 'Programs' tab. Here, select the program you usually use to send e-mails. You should also, select the programs that you usually use to edit web pages, read newsgroups, make Internet calls, keep track of calendar dates etc. Now click the 'General' tab and then 'Delete'. Then you should delete 'Temporary Internet Files' and 'Cookies'. Now click the 'Advanced' tab and scroll down to 'Multimedia'. Also ensure that the radio button next to 'Show Pictures' is checked. Then you should click the 'Security' tab, select 'Custom level' and scroll down to 'Scripting' to check 'Enable' and click 'OK'. If active content such as flash videos and games won't run in the browser of your PC, click Trusted sites' and 'Sites' to add the site to your trusted list and click 'OK' to end.

Update IE

You can solve many common Internet Explorer problems on your computer with Windows XP Operating System by updating the drivers for the devices and updating all the plug-ins for the programs you regularly use in Internet Explorer. For this click 'Start', right-click 'My Computer' and select 'Properties' and select 'Automatic Updates' and ensure that 'Automatic' is selected.

Additional solutions

If the steps above fail to solve the problem, there are many resources that you can use to get help from to solve the IE problems in Windows XP. The Microsoft 'Help and Support' site has many articles about problems that computer users usually experience while running Internet Explorer in Windows XP Operating System. There is also a product called troubleshooting tool for Internet Explorer. To access this tool, navigate to the Internet Explorer Solution Center and click the 'Troubleshooting' option. Then select the sentence on the right that best describes your problem. You can then continue navigating the troubleshooting pages until you find the solution to your issue.

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