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  • Question

  • After over 20 years on a Mac, I got my first PC, a Gateway, a year ago. Because I liked Firefox so much, I just deleted Internet Explorer. I now have a use for it, but I can't find a way to download it because Microsoft tells me that I already have it. But they're wrong.

    I've done every possible search and it really doesn't seem to exist on this computer. I see I do have an option to "get a free update" if I want to download 8.1 (using 8 now) but I don't want to update now.

    Any ideas, any suggestions?

    Thanks.

    Monday, January 27, 2014 9:37 PM

All replies

  • Open the 'Run' dialog (Window button + 'R') and type 'iexplore' and press enter. If Internet explorer is installed then it should open.

    Following up:

    What OS are you running?

    When you deleted it - what exactly did you do?

    Have you tried to uninstall it to see if that allows you to then reinstall?

    Good luck!

    Monday, January 27, 2014 9:46 PM
  • >>Open the 'Run' dialog (Window button + 'R') and type 'iexplore' and press enter. If Internet explorer is installed then it should open.

    IT DOES NOT SHOW UP; I KEEP GETTING GOOGLE+ INSTEAD FOR SOME REASON

    >>Following up:

    >>What OS are you running?

    8 -- I DON'T REALLY WANT TO GO TO 8.1 YET

    >>When you deleted it - what exactly did you do?

    I HAVE NO IDEA -- IT WAS A YEAR AGO.

    >>Have you tried to uninstall it to see if that allows you to then reinstall?

    IT'S NOT THERE.

    >>Good luck!

    THANK YOU!


    Monday, January 27, 2014 10:28 PM
  • Google+ is a webpage, not a browser. If running 'iexplore' brings you there then you are running Internet Explorer and likely have Google+ as the home page on it. (Unless you have renamed a different browser to 'iexplore', which would be very odd.)

    Run 'iexplore' again, and then click the gear icon in the upper right hand corner and see if there is a menu item called 'About Internet Explorer'. If there is then you are in it. That would likely mean that all you deleted was the shortcut, and not the program itself.

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:10 PM
  • Google+ is a webpage, not a browser.

    YES, I KNOW THAT.

    If running 'iexplore' brings you there then you are running Internet Explorer and likely have Google+ as the home page on it. (Unless you have renamed a different browser to 'iexplore', which would be very odd.)

    i NEVER RENAMED ANYTHING, & I AGREE THAT IT MAKES NO SENSE, BUT THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT POPS UP WHEN I TYPE iexplore INTO THE RUN DIALOGUE BOX.

    A NEW, SMALLER, WINDOW OPENS. IT HAS FOUR TABS, THREE OF WHICH HAVE THE IEXPLORER LOGO ON THE TAB. THE ONE THAT ALWAYS SHOWS WHEN IT OPENS IS PHOTOS-GOOGLE +. I DON'T EVEN HAVE ANY PHOTOS (OR ANYTHING ELSE) ON GOOGLE +.

    THE TWO OF THE OTHER TABS WITH THE IE LOGO ARE 'LOTUSGREEN - ABOUT - GOOGLE+', AND A TAB THAT LEADS INTO A DOCUMENTS  FOLDER WHICH READS:

    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    -<contentRecord xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/digitalpublishing"><dp:addDate xmlns:dp="http://ns.adobe.com/digitalpublishing">2013-06-24T23:44:14Z</dp:addDate>-<dp:metadata xmlns:dp="http://ns.adobe.com/digitalpublishing"><dc:title xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Getting Started with Adobe Digital Editions 2.0</dc:title><dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Adobe Systems Incorporated</dc:creator><dc:publisher xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Adobe Systems Incorporated</dc:publisher><dc:format xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">application/epub+zip</dc:format></dp:metadata>-<dp:privateData xmlns:dp="http://ns.adobe.com/digitalpublishing"><totalPageCount xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/digitaleditions">8</totalPageCount><expiration xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/digitaleditions">0001-01-01T00:00:00-00:00</expiration><lastPageRead xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/digitaleditions">1</lastPageRead><fontSize xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/digitaleditions">1</fontSize><showPageNumber xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/digitaleditions">False</showPageNumber><PDFlastZoomLevel xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/digitaleditions">4</PDFlastZoomLevel></dp:privateData>-<dp:lastRead xmlns:dp="http://ns.adobe.com/digitalpublishing"><dp:date>2013-08-12T02:20:30Z</dp:date><dp:bookmark>OEBPS/Cover.html#point(/1/4/2/3:0)</dp:bookmark></dp:lastRead></contentRecord>

    (OBVIOUSLY NOT RELATED)

    Run 'iexplore' again, and then click the gear icon in the upper right hand corner and see if there is a menu item called 'About Internet Explorer'.

    THERE IS THIS MENU ITEM. IT SAYS 'INTERNET EXPLORER 10' VERSION 10.0.12 AT THAT POINT I GO TO 'INTERNET OPTIONS' AND THEN THE PROGRAMS TAB. WHEN I CLICK 'MAKE INTERNET EXPLORER THE DEFAULT BROWSER A 'SET DEFAULT PROGRAMS' WINDOW OPENS WITH A LONG LIST OF PROGRAMS. INTERNET EXPLORER IS NOT THERE.

    If there is then you are in it. That would likely mean that all you deleted was the shortcut, and not the program itself.


    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:03 PM
  • Hi,

    Since we don't know how did you delete IE and whether you've totally deletd IE, I suggest you check the following information.

    Locate to system drive\Program Files (Program Files (x86)), can you find the folder "Internet Explorer"?

    Control Panel\Program and features\Turn Windows features on or off, check whether Internet Explorer is in the dialog box, tick this option if you find it to turn on IE feature.

    Regards


    Yolanda
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014 2:49 AM
  • Thanks, folks. There is no IE folder on this computer. But it turns out the person who suggested I try another browser to solve another problem I was having was incorrect; all I needed to do was to disable Adblock on the one page that wasn't working for me.

    So I thank you for your help, but I don't need what I thought I did. I am left puzzling about something, though, and I hope y'all will take it in a constructive way. Why is that that tech support-- whether paid or volunteer-- almost always seems to believe that the person with the problem, me in this case, is incapable of reporting the situation accurately, is probably not following accurately the steps you suggest following, and is most likely the one that is causing the problem herself. 

    What I'm left with is still not knowing how to download IE, should I ever need it in the future. That isn't good.

    If anyone can think of a way to do that, assuming that I am reporting with 100% accuracy that the program is no longer on this machine, I'd love to hear it.

    Thank you!

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014 3:08 AM
  • Sorry for the delay, seems that IE doesn't exist in your system, but I suspect that some some installation information of IE still stored in the registry in your system, so when you try to install IE again, some mechanisms check the registry, and "think" that IE is already installed in your PC. this can be caused by unproper uninstallation of IE, I suggest you check your registry, see whether these entries exist.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\IEXPLORE.EXE

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \InternetExplorer

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Application\iexplore.exe

    or just type "internet explorer" in the "Find" box in registry, check the result.

    Regards


    Yolanda
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, February 6, 2014 6:49 AM
  • Thanks Yolanda -- That makes complete sense. There have got to be some fragments which read to Microsoft as a complete Explorer. When I type "internet explorer" in search, I get no results, but I'll see if I can do it the way you said it (or find another way). Will report back.

    And thanks again.

    Thursday, February 6, 2014 4:26 PM
  • Hi Again--

    Ok, here's my reporting: I typed the three search options you listed both in the search box that I get to by hitting the start button and beginning to type; no results.

    I did the same in the search box on the Computer window.; no results.

    I go back to the Programs x86 and there, again, I see Internet Explorer (which is already checked in the Turn Windows features on and off dialogue box), open the folder, go to the IE logo bug named 'iexplore,' labeled "app," and click on it. This time, though, instead of getting kicked to a Google+ window, from which there was no escape but to close it, I now automatically get a "check microsoft updates" window -- ie. an ad.

    I also try clicking on 'ieinstal' but nothing happens.

    So now, unless you can think of another way to do a search, we're up to date!

    Thursday, February 6, 2014 5:27 PM
  • Hi,

    You should search in registry, Please follow the instruction below

    Type "regedit" in the search box in start button, enter, it will launch registry, then expand the entry as I post in my pervious reply, view whether you have these entries.

    And you mentioned that IE is already ticked in "Turn Windows feature on and off", please untick it, restart your pc, then try to install IE again, test the result.

    Regards


    Yolanda
    TechNet Community Support

    Friday, February 7, 2014 1:44 AM
  • Ahh-- terrific. Thanks for the step-by-step. It'll probably not be till tomorrow. so I'll get back to you. Thanks again!

    Lily

    Friday, February 7, 2014 3:01 AM