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I won't go into details for my asinine behavior in running a cleanup that deleted many important files. I can't even recall the program I used because it was a while later that I realized the mess I'd created...
Anyway I have been reinstalling/updating programs for several days and am left with two big glitches.
First, I no longer can launch IE. I actually use Firefox but need IE for my work site. I have uninstalled it from Windows update several times and reinstalled without success. I then had the idea to download and install Explorer 8. I figured I could then upgrade. Unable to install that as it was apparently "unsupported"by Windows 7 (32 bit). Second problem is my search for files and folders doesn't do anything but show blank when I type anything into it.
I have been searching the Internet for three days now for solutions and am at my wits end.System Restore doesn't give me the option of going back any farther than my last install!Hummm
I am stubborn enough (especially since it was my own fault) to continue to look for a "fix" till next Christmas...
So if you have any suggestions they would be much appeciated,,,:confused:
 
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Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features On and Off. In there, checkmark Internet Explorer.
 

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It was already checked when I went there the first time but I was unsure of the "Internet" things around it and Indexing?
 

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Found this issue. I can't edit the permissions though? I know it's normally doable as I've done it in the past...
 

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I won't go into details for my asinine behavior in running a cleanup that deleted many important files. I can't even recall the program I used because it was a while later that I realized the mess I'd created...
I'm guessing you've used a registry cleaner type program. If you can remember which one it was, maybe you can retrieve a backup it might have made before deleting the files?

You should definitely avoid Registry Cleaners, Boosters, Optimizers, TuneUp Utilities... This type of software will do a lot more harm than good. There have been reports from members saying registry cleaners had fixed a specific problem with their computer. Although it might be possible in some cases, legitimate files still in use will be deleted in the process, crippling some programs and Windows applications beyond repair.

Keep in mind that they will always find "errors" to fix, even on a fresh Windows installation! In itself, this should be enough to convince non-believers...

Why I Don’t Use Registry Cleaners

Registry Cleaners and System Tweaking Tools

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic347491.html/page__p__1932993

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/997274-registry-got-messed-up-advanced.html

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If you cannot recall which program it was,

Please click HERE to download HijackThis.

Run the program.

Click on the Main Menu button if not already there.

Click on Open The Misc Tools section from the Main Menu.

Click on Open Uninstall Manager.

Click on Save list...

Save the text file to the desktop.

Copy and paste the log from Notepad into your next reply.


 

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Start with those two.

That's really dangerous crapware to use.
 

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Thank you for your input. I have been using ASC for several years without any problems. The " incident" was through total carelessness on my part. ( However, I do respect you opinion.)...
I really need help with the problem at hand...
Best Regards,
 

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Thank you for your input. I have been using ASC for several years without any problems. The " incident" was through total carelessness on my part. ( However, I do respect you opinion.)...
I really need help with the problem at hand...
Best Regards,
Look for backups the programs may have done before "fixing" things on your computer.

Other than that, a complete reinstall of your operating system might be the only solution.
 
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Try using Turn Windows Features On and Off to uncheck IE9. Reboot and then Checkmark it again. Let Windows' automatic features work at it, maybe it will come back alive again.
 

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Thanks to everyone for trying to help. I'm exhausted. I guess there isn't a fix. Could someone please direct me to the best step by step instructions on reinstalling Windows 7?
Appreciate it..
 
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