Reinstall Internet Explorer in Windows XP

Internet Explorer(IE) 6.0 is an integrated part of Windows XP making it very difficult to Repair and reinstall. The System File Protection can help sometimes but not always.
  • The easy way to reinstall Internet Explorer (Only works in WinXP SP1)
    1. Quit Internet Explorer and Outlook Express
    2. Open Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs
    3. Untick "Internet Explorer" and click the "Next"-button and let Internet Explorer be uninstalled
    4. To reinstall again open Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs and tick "Internet Explorer" and click the "Next"-Button
  • Another way to reinstall Internet Explorer is to run this command:

    rundll32.exe setupapi, InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 %windir%\inf\ie.inf

  • A third way to reinstall Internet Explorer (Manual version of the above command-line) :
    1. Quit Internet Explorer and Outlook Express
    2. Using Windows Explorer, open the %SystemRoot%\Inf folder. (By default, this is the Winnt\Inf folder or Windows\Inf folder)
    3. In the menu Tools -> Folder Options, make sure that "Show hidden files and folders" is ticked and "Hide file extensions for known file types" is cleared
    4. To reinstall Internet Explorer, right click the following file and click "Install"

      Ie.inf

    5. To reinstall Outlook Express, right click the following file and click "Install"

      Msoe60.inf

  • A fourth way to reinstall Internet Explorer :
    1. Quit Internet Explorer and Outlook Express
    2. Set the following DWORD registry key to enable reinstall of Internet Explorer

      [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \Active Setup \Installed Components \{89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383}]
      IsInstalled = 0 (Default = 1)

    3. Set the following DWORD registry key to enable reinstall of Outlook Express

      [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \Active Setup \Installed Components \{44BBA840-CC51-11CF-AAFA-00AA00B6015C}]
      IsInstalled = 0 (Default = 1)

    4. Start installing Internet Explorer
Related Repair Internet Explorer when its acting weird

More Info MS KB254623
More Info MS KB263837
More Info MS KB293907
More Info MS KB318378

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Updated: 23 September 2007

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