[Resolved] IE 5.5 slow start

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SpencerW.

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I just started haveing this problem and i don't know why. When i get on the computer i may just try to load IE when i first start up or i may try to run a few programs then try to get on the net. i like to use IE and i don't like netscape. so when i start IE it takes like 2 min. for it to load and it used to load right up. please tell me how i can fix this. i have a compaq presario 1Ghz computer with 128 MB ram. Even when i have an IE windows open, it still takes a few min. for another windows to pop up if i click the icon on my desktop or in my startmenu or on my taskbar.

1 more problem while im at it, when i click a link in my e-mail, it started opening in netscape and when i click the link to open my e-mail on MSN messenger it also loads with netscape, what can i do to get it to load with IE? I already have the box checked in IE to make sure it is the default browser and when netscape opens those links it asks about if i want to change it to the default and i choose no and it still loads and continues to try to load it everytime i click on the link in my email or the link to open my email in MSN messenger.

PLEASE help me.
T I A !!!!!!!!!
 
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Try some cleaning first.Look here at the last 2 listings in the hardrive section then follow the steps in the msconfig section. Other good sites for msconfig are here and here.

You might also consider downloading Adaware 5.62 Final to rid yourself of spyware.

If you have questions concerning anything just post them back here.
 

TonyKlein

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Hi,

As DoyceJ already said, you may have some cleaning to do.
I'm thinking mainly about cleaning your temporary cache here.

Shut down Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.
Go to Control Panel/Internet Options, and clear your History and temporary internet files.

You could also try repairing IE: Description of the Internet Explorer Repair Tool

As for Windows refusing to recognize IE as your standard browser, I borrowed this Registry tweak from Mosaic1:

First back up your registry: Start/Run, type scanregw, followed by 'enter'. Choose 'yes' to make a fresh Reg backup.

Now paste the bold into Notepad:

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell]
@=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open]
"EditFlags"=hex:01,00,00,00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\command]
@="\"C:\\PROGRA~1\\INTERN~1\\iexplore.exe\" -nohome"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\ddeexec]
@="\"%1\",,-1,0,,,,"
"NoActivateHandler"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\ddeexec\Application]
@="IExplore"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\ddeexec\Topic]
@="WWW_OpenURL"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.htm]
@="htmlfile"
"Content Type"="text/html"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.html]
@="htmlfile"
"Content Type"="text/html"


Save as DefaultBrowser.reg, and doubleclick it. Answer 'yes' when asked whether you'd like to merge the contents of this file into the Registry.

Good luck,
 
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Tony- You think either of these may work with a little adjusting? I am sure yours will but it looks a little daunting.

IE, Tools menu, Options, program Tab, set the drop box for E-Mail to the client you choose for default. If no entry is found, go to Start/Run, and type --with quotes-- "C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\MSIMN.EXE" /REG (OE also has a Tools menu, Options button for Default simple Mapi.)

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q177/0/54.asp
 

TonyKlein

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Hi DoyceJ,

"C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\MSIMN.EXE" /REG is meant to make Outlook Express your default e-mail client, but what we're trying to do here is to make Internet Explorer the default browser.

Your MS link is certainly to the point, but the reg file really does the same, and it does it faster, too.

Greetz,
 
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Oops, your right on the first. I was thinking it was a shorter version I had saved of the article I posted.
 

TonyKlein

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And the reason I mentioned IE repair, was, because that also restores the default Internet Explorer file associations.

Cheers,
 

SpencerW.

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i cleared my history, cleared my temporary internet files and deleted my favorites and copied the bold into notepad and followed instructions, restarted and it still takes about 2 min. to load. what can i do?
 

TonyKlein

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Hi Specier,

Have you already tried repairing IE, like we advised you?
 

TonyKlein

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You could also try upgrading to <A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/recommended/ie55sp2/default.asp">Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2</A> , if you aren't running that version alreadý.

That would also fix a lot of stuff.

Greetz,
 
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And just to verify, that included the Adaware and the msconfig stuff right?
 

Bryan

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And since I haven't seen it mentioned, when have you last run a disk defrag?
 
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Darn it....busted...we should have caught that.

You know Bryan, your welcome to step in more often. I have these other threads that......
 

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Maybe we did skip a few steps... :D

While you're at it, also go to Internet Options, and get rid of your Temporarary Internet Files.
Now click on Settings/Show files, and delete your cookies.

And delete the entire contents of your C:\Windows\Temp folder.
Remember, not the folder itself, just everything in it.

Good luck,
 

Bryan

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I'm hoping they already did that since you suggested it earlier. Cluttered TIFs and/or History can cause a long launch for IE in addition to a fragmented hard drive.

The other things to look for are damaged objects in IE or far too many installed.

Start>Settings>CP>InternetOptions>Settings>ViewObjects. Under the Status" do any say "Damaged" or do any not say "Installed".

How many objects do you see listed?

BTW, in addition to all of this, do be sure you have SP2 of IE 5.5 installed like Tony suggested regardless of whether the cleanup fixes the problem. But before you install SP2, be sure to do all of the cleanup that was suggested first in addition to a disk defrag.

And if your not sure whether you have SP2 installed, in IE click on Help>About and post your version number of IE 5.5 to a reply here. The version number will be in a format similiar to 5.50.xxxx.xxxx
 
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