How do I use the Internet Explorer (IE) 5.x repair tool?

A. IE 5.x can "self repair," which offers similar functionality to the new Microsoft installer format in that the repair tool can verify that the correct files are installed, that they aren't corrupt, and such. To use the repair tool, perform the following steps:

  1. Start the Add/Remove Programs Control Panel applet (Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs).
  2. Select "Microsoft Internet Explorer x and Internet Tools."
  3. Click Change/Remove.
  4. Select Repair Internet Explorer, and click OK.

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  6. The system will display a dialog box asking whether you want to repair your installation. Click Yes.
  7. The system will begin its verification process.

  8. When the verification is complete, the system will prompt you to restart your computer. Click OK.

After the computer restarts, you can check the Fix IE Log.txt file in your %systemroot% folder (e.g., c:\winnt) to see whether there were problems.

If IE doesn't appear in the Add/Remove Programs list, you can start it manually from the command line:

  1. Start a command prompt (Start, Run, cmd.exe).
  2. Type the following command:

    rundll32 setupwbv.dll,IE5Maintenance "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Setup\SETUP.EXE" /g "C:\WINDOWS\IE Uninstall Log.Txt" 

  3. Follow steps 3 through 7 above.
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