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Windows 7: IE not functioning properly with favourites

08 Sep 2015   #1
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 
IE not functioning properly with favourites

A minor but becoming an increasingly irritating problem - for some time while I have been using this new machine and a while ago it began a very annoying problem.

Namely when I go to the favourite bar and click to open the hidden icons as in my pic IE stops working.

I have done an sfc and chkdsk / f /r - no change. Done the usual malware sweeps but still no change. Now I am guessing it is a glitch somewhere but would appreciate any thoughts on this issue.




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09 Sep 2015   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

A long short - but a simple test:
Temporarily turn off the Command Bar.
Does IE still crash as shown?


Second test:
Close IE
Delete the desktop.ini file from C:\Users\username\Favorites\Links
Keep it in the Recycle bin for the test.
Open IE and test for the crash.
If IE crashes, restore the INI file or just leave it deleted.


Third test:
Most favorites are just text files with a hidden extension of ".URL". A special character in the file name or inside of the file might cause the crash. Also, any other type of file could go in that Favorites bar (Links) folder. e.g. an exe, or a shortcut to an exe.

Look at C:\Users\username\Favorites\Links using Explorer's Details view.
Scan thru the column named Type.
(If need be, add that column to the view.)
You should see "Internet Shortcut" for most files.
See anything odd?


Forth tests:
If you have a lot of shortcut files, then use half-splitting.
Make IE as narrow as possible.
(this should make all favorites shortcuts go into the hidden menu)
Test for crash. If it crashes, then use these steps:

Close IE
Use explorer to open C:\Users\username\Favorites\Links
Cut half of the shortcut files.
Paste them into a safe place.
Open IE
Make IE as narrow as possible.
Test for crash.

If it does not crash:
Close IE
Cut the other half of the shortcut files.
Paste them into a safe place.
Return the first half of the shortcut files to the Links folder.
Open IE
Make IE as narrow as possible.
Test for crash.

Hopefully, you see where that half splitting is going.
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09 Sep 2015   #3
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote:
Temporarily turn off the Command Bar.
Does IE still crash as shown?
Thanks mate this actually works and I don't really use or need for that matter the command bar and I shall keep the other stuff in mind if things go south again.
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09 Sep 2015   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Glad that it worked.

Now you have more favorites showing on the Favorites bar. One of newly unhidden favorites could be the trouble maker. Narrowing IE's window (to mimic the favorites in your screenshot) might bring the crash issue back :-(
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09 Sep 2015   #5
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok User I have only Ebay and one of my favourite suppliers there and who know the HP bloat could be fooling around with the machine
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