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Windows 7: “IE cannot display the webpage” after each Windows logon

27 Mar 2011   #11
Maguscreed

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Yeah, sorry if this were xp it would be simple to find, I can't figure out where they've moved the directly corresponding registry entry in win 7 though.


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27 Mar 2011   #12
Thomas R

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 Ver. 6.1.7601 (Build 7601)
 
 

What / where was it in XP?
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27 Mar 2011   #13
Maguscreed

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

The first location I pointed you to way up above.
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29 Mar 2011   #14
Thomas R

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 Ver. 6.1.7601 (Build 7601)
 
 

So I checked HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Connections
and compared it to one of my other 2 systems and these keys are significantly different.
In the image: left the system with the connection issues - right the comparison system with no issues (both on the same network)
The question now is what happens when I edit, replace (with the one from the other machine) or delete this key?


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29 Mar 2011   #15
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I would force a system restore point before attempting this, we are messing with something outside personal experience here, you want to have a recent full restore point to fall back on in case things go horribly wrong.

System Restore Point - Create

normally I wouldn't even suggest such a drastic measure, but I've run out of ideals here myself.
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29 Mar 2011   #16
Thomas R

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 Ver. 6.1.7601 (Build 7601)
 
 

I just renamed the key to "OldDefaultConnectionSettings" and restarted the computer.
Windows just created a new DefaultConnectionSettings key.
Though the problem persists ...
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29 Mar 2011   #17
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Sadly I don't think whatever has gone wrong here is traceable by any means I know.
It seems the others have given up as well.

You may be headed for a reformat of the system to fix this problem.
I would suggest only backing up bookmarks and personal files manually this time, as the transferred import is more than likely the source of the problem.
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29 Mar 2011   #18
Thomas R

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 Ver. 6.1.7601 (Build 7601)
 
 

Yeah, as far as I can tell EasyTranfer only works properly when used to transfer settings from XP to Windows 7 (at least that worked for me flawlessly on 3 different machines) but so far it failed me every time I tried to transfer profiles between Windows 7 machines ...

When the first transfer went completely bad and I had to scrap the system and re-install Windows 7 and all programs the second time from scratch (with the added inconvenience to call Microsoft for the Windows activation code) I made an image of the new installation before transferring the profile. I guess that was a wise precaution ...

Though I will try a little longer and contact Microsoft before pulling the plug on the current installation.
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29 Mar 2011   #19
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Well one final thing did occur to me, you can remove internet explorer and then reinstall it.
It's in programs and features on the left side add remove windows features.
You can actually uninstall ie and try installing it again without actually reformatting.
Don't know if this will solve your problem but it's the last thing I can come up with.
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02 Apr 2011   #20
Thomas R

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 Ver. 6.1.7601 (Build 7601)
 
 

I was able to identify the registry key that controls the “Automatically detect settings” check:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Connections\
Sub Key DefaultConnectionSettings

“Automatically detect settings” check not set
0000 XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX
0008 01 XX XX XX XX XX XX XX
0010 XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX

“Automatically detect settings” check set
0000 XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX
0008 09 XX XX XX XX XX XX XX
0010 XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX

By changing that bit I can check or uncheck the setting.

The issue is that after a restart (or log off/log on) the value is reset to “00” (=undefined?)
0000 XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX
0008 00 XX XX XX XX XX XX XX
0010 XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX

The question now is what resets this value an why.
Now I need to know how to track what accesses a given registry key. Is there any program that can do this?

BTW: as a test I installed Firefox an it works without being affected by this issue.
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