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Fix : Cannot change Internet Explorer Start page | Home Page

This post is intended to help those users, who are unable to :

  • Change their IE home page | Start Page
  • Change the Search page
  • Change the Default Search Provider

In many situations today, add-on programs get installed in our computers. This could be due to installing software through some Internet agency’s download manager or a free software that had some add-on program clipped on to it & that installed without your permission. Recently, I faced a similar issue & I tried everything to reset my Internet Explorer’s start page or homepage. Nothing seemed to work, I even uninstalled & reinstalled the Internet Explorer, cleared the Temp folder & all offline files etc. etc.

Below is the procedure that worked for me to Fix : Cannot change Internet Explorer Homepage | Start Page :

Method 1 :

  • On your taskbar or Desktop
  • Right Click the Internet Explorer Icon
  • Go to it’s properties

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  • Now,
  • In the Target Window, check the whole target link
  • Check if there is a link at the end of the line ( refer the screenshot below )
  • Remove the link from the end
  • & make sure that you put double quotes at the end i.e. right after iexplore.exe
  • Click Apply
  • Click Ok

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  • Now,
  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Press ALT + X
  • Click on Internet Options
  • Click on Advanced
  • Click on Reset
  • After the resetting process completes
  • Restart your computer
  • Check to see if this solved your problem

If you still cannot reset Homepage , try the method below

Method 2

  • Open Regedit ( Windows Logo key + R & type regedit in the box & press Enter )
  • Press yes
  • Now, the first thing you should do is to backup your Registry
  • Right Click on Computer
  • Click on Export
  • Give a file name & Click on Save
  • Now,
  • Locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

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  • Refer the screenshot above & Change the Default_Page_URL , Default_Search_URL, Search Page & Start Page to about:blank or anything you like
  • Now, repeat the above said steps with HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN
  • Now,
  • Locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScope
  • Here, Delete the entry any secondary entry, other than Bing or Google ( refer Screenshot )
  • IE_homepage_startpage3
  • Repeat the steps with  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes
  • Now,
  • Locate : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IExplore.exe\shell\open\command
  • IE_homepage_startpage1
  • here, double click  Default
  • IE_homepage_startpage2
  • Either Remove any link that appears after iexplore.exe or add the name of your favourite website ( Refer Screenshot above )
  • Click ok
  • Exit Regedit
  • Restart your computer
  • Check if your problem is solved

Hope this helps you. If not , or if you have any query, use the comment section to notify me & i will try to help.

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Fix : Cannot play video in Internet Explorer / Internet explorer crashes on playing video

After reading this post you will be able to fix an issue with your Internet Explorer, where Internet explorer might crash when you try to play an online video. You might also experience some freezes or crashes during online video playback in Internet Explorer. This guide, to some extent, will also help with other browsers.

Problems

  • Video freezes during streaming
  • Video might give random errors
  • Internet explorer might crash
  • Black video screen
  • Video might not start

Cause

  • The required add on i.e. Adobe flash, Silverlight and Java might not be installed
  • Hardware drivers might not be installed
  • Problem with Browser

Resolution

Method 1 : Enabling Software Rendering instead of hardware

  • Go to Internet Explorer
  • Press ALT + X
  • Click on Internet Options
  • Click on Advanced
  • Check the checkbox that says Use Software Rendering Instead of GPU rendering
  • Press Apply , Ok

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Method 2 : Installing Required Add-on

If you have already downloaded and installed these, make sure that they are enabled :

  • Go to Internet Explorer
  • Press ALT + X
  • Click on Internet options
  • Click on Programs
  • Click on Manage Add-ons

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  • Make sure the add-ons as highlighted in the image below are enabled, if not enable them
  • Click on Apply, Ok

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Method 3 : Compatibility mode

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  • Go to the Video streaming / service website
  • After the URL is resolved, you will see a small icon as reflected in the image above
  • Click on this Icon to enable compatibility mode for that website.
  • Check if this solves your problem

 

Method 4 : Updating Hardware Drivers

  • Go to your Motherboard / Graphic Card or system manufacturer’s support website
  • Locate your Computer / Graphic Card or motherboard Model
  • Select Graphic / Display drivers
  • Download and Install them
  • You can also go to Windows Update
  • Click on check for updates
  • Then, go to the Optional Updates section
  • Check if a device driver update is available, check the checkbox
  • Install

Method 5 : Reinstalling Internet Explorer

  • Go to Control Panel
  • Click on small icons/ category view in the top left corner ( or depending on your Operating system )
  • Now Click on Turn Windows Features on and off ( Administrator privileges required )

programs and features

  • Uncheck the checkbox that says “Internet Explorer 9” (or the version installed in your computer)
  • Restart your computer
  • Follow all the steps from going to control panel –> Turn Windows Features On and off
  • Check the checkbox saying “ Internet Explorer 9”
  • Click Apply, OK

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Hope this guide helped you, In case you have any queries / question, you can use the comment form below or email us at info@troubleshootwindows.com

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Glorious Roadmap of Internet Explorer

Microsoft, the big software giant is well known for its range of products from Windows, Server, Office & Internet Explorer. Every big leap over the years has led to something new & useful for the software masses. Many of us know about the browser wars in the 90’s and about the success of Internet Explorer in the market. Way back in 1995 when IE was first introduced as a add-on with Windows 95 Plus! Pack, From then Internet Explorer has come a long way down the line and has transformed the online world to a common gateway for users around the world. People got a Platform that made internet accessible for them.

If we talk about the development and starting point for Internet Explorer, it goes back to 1987 when Mosaic was developed, Which was in fact the first web browser to use the graphical user Interface. Mosaic belonged to a company founded in 1980 called spyglass who later licensed the source code for Mosaic to Microsoft and we got our very own Internet Explorer. Since then IE has come a long back and now is the most secure and fastest browser anyone has ever used. Let me share with you the past which has given us the browser we call IE9.

Internet Explorer 1

Internet Explorer 1 came out with Windows 95 as a add-on ! IE 1.0 used to be just over 1 megabyte in size and enabled the user then to surf Internet easily. IE then didn’t had anything like a video or music playback option or even reading newsgroups or viewing graphics was not possible. Here goes a small preview of IE back then :

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Internet Explorer 2.0

Soon after Internet Explorer 1.0, came Internet Explorer 2.0 within the same year 1995. Internet Explorer 2.0 included a lot more rich features like Support for JS (JavaScript), frames, cookies & designers tools for web developers to design much more secure and media-rich websites with tracking abilities. Internet Explorer was the very first cross-platform browser supporting both Windows & Mac.

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Internet Explorer 3.0

Following the lead of Internet Explorer 2.0, the next year 1996 Microsoft came out with new & improved web browser which offered Internet mail & News 1.0. Internet Explorer revolutionized the world & more than 32000 copies were downloaded in the six hours of its release. More than 1 million copies were downloaded within the first week itself. Internet Explorer 3.0 was also able to display graphics and play audio file which was a big deal back then.

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Internet Explorer 4.0

The very next year after the release of IE3.0 came Internet Explorer 4.0. With the release of IE4.0 Internet came to life when menus expanded with a click and images could be dragged. Active desktop was a Unique feature included in Internet Explorer 4.0 which enabled users to display Internet content on their desktop & used to update automatically as the content changed.

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Internet Explorer 5.0

The Year 1999 came with a new era for browser industry. With the release of Internet Explorer 5.0 & its expanded programming capabilities e-commerce got supported. IE5 also supported bi-directional text which made IE5 the first ever browser to feature this important update for the International users who’s languages were written from right to left.

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Internet Explorer 6.0

Internet Explorer 6 released in 2001 being a major change to how browsers behaved. IE6 attained a total market share of 90% during 2002 -2003. IE6 became the most widely used browser during its tenure surpassing IE 5.0. Internet Explorer 6 had Auto Image Resize, Images toolbar, Print preview and Media bar making it the entire Fun browser. IE6 came as the default browser with Windows XP. Some People around the world are still using IE6 which is on its countdown.

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Internet Explorer 7

Internet Explorer 7 was a major update to how users surfed the web. IE 7 gave new dimensions to secure surfing with phishing filter, better & stronger Encryption. Internet Explorer 7 had a delete browsing history button which made Internet Privacy better in its own ways. Internet Explorer 7 also introduced tabbed browsing that helped users get more in less time. Internet Explorer 7 gave its users the true Web 2.0 experience.

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Internet Explorer 8.0

The year 2009 came with one of the most secured browsers the IE8 that has revolutionary security and privacy features like InPrivate browsing & SmartScreen Phishing filter protection. Internet Explorer 8 introduced some great new features like Web Slices, Accelerators & automatic tab crash recovery. IE8 still being on the market and being one of the most commonly used browsers changed the way we surf Internet

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Internet Explorer 9

Windows Internet Explorer 9 has a streamlined look and many new features that speed up your web browsing experience. IE9 features new browser controls. You can find most command bar functions, like Print or Zoom when you click the Tools button and your favourites and feeds appear when you click the Favourites button. Internet Explorer 9 also enables you to Pin your most regularly used websites to taskbar. Internet Explorer 9 also features a download manager that helps you download and keep track of all your downloads.

Internet Explorer 9 supports several CSS3 properties and has improved JavaScript performance. IE is also the first hardware-accelerated graphics, text & video rendering browser. IE9 also supports HTML 5 standards and has Web Open Font Format.

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Internet Explorer 10

Internet Explorer 10 is the next & latest version of IE that is available right now with Windows 8 operating system as a default Install.

IE 10 has refined all the features of IE9 & adding features like Adobe Flash Integration. IE 10 also has a Windows 8 UI type browser edition and a standard one.

As Interesting feature in IE 10 is called Flip Ahead, that enables a user to view a multiple page website easily, letting the user to flip through pages instantly.

Internet Explorer 10 “Windows 8 UI” or “Metro” Screenshot

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FIX : Script Error in Internet Explorer error while printing

After reading this post you should be able to fix an error generated in Internet Explorer while printing a page opened in Internet Explorer.

The error might look like this, some lines may as well differ.

An error has occurred in the script on this page.
Line : XXXX
Char: 1
Error : Invalid procedure call or argument.
Code: 0
URL: res/ieframe.dll/preview.js.

Note: Line no. could be anything.

  • Disconnect your printer from the PC & re-connect it.
  • Unplug the printer’s USB cable from your PC.
    If you have a wireless printer just turn the printer off.
  • Open Devices and Printers ( start menu –> devices and printers)
  • Right-click your printers icon and select Remove device.
  • Reconnect your printer to your PC using the USB cable or if you have a wireless printer turn the printer back on.
  • Click on Add a printer and follow the Wizard to Add the printer. ( Select Local printer and let Windows find the printer automatically)

If the above steps don’t help:

  • Go to Start Menu
  • within the search box type Internet Explorer
  • Right Click the Internet Explorer Icon and click Run as Administrator

If the above steps don’t help:

  • Go to Windows update by typing Windows update in Start menu search box and clicking the Windows update button.
  • There in the left pane click on check for updates
  • Go to Optional Updates –> check if a updated driver for your printer is listed there.

Alternatively you can,

  • Go to your Printer Manufacturer’s support website
  • Download and Install updated drivers from there.