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Windows 7: How do you make IE9 look like IE8

11 Apr 2011   #11
hollyoaks777

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
"Corrupt file alert" is the key thing here.

That's not normal at all.

Can you post a screen shot or something? Sounds more like an issue with your ISP, network, bad hardware or a virus or something...
I will do it later mate as i have a load of updates to do.




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11 Apr 2011   #12
marsmimar

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I agree with fseal, hollyoaks, that something else might be at fault. I'm trying to run a time line though my head and thinking out loud here. If I get something wrong or out of sequence, please feel free to chastise me or beat me soundly around the head and shoulders with a usb cable. And in no way am I being critical or trying to find fault with anything you've done.

1. Your computer had Windows 7 installed along with the default IE8 for a period of time and all was good.
2. Presumably around the time IE9 was released to the public, "I hate IE9 but they have forced it apon me as downloads are corrupted..." I take that to mean Microsoft (through Windows Update) installed IE9 before you had a chance to decline it. And once IE9 was on your machine it wasn't working right.
3. "I tried a repair to IE8 and reinstalled it..." When you realized IE9 was borked you tried to repair/reinstall IE8, presumably from an official Microsoft website like this. But it didn't fix the problem. For clarification, did you attempt to uninstall IE9 first?
4. Eventually, "I have now unistalled IE9 via updates installed and the icon is still IE9 but i am on IE8 won't even let me download firefox says corrupt file." So apparently there was a problem with the uninstall process and you were not able to use the reinstated IE8 to download Firefox.
5. Finally, you also uninstalled SP1 and, "done reinstall mate and they are forcing it apon you just type in firefox and download you will get a corrupt file alert on no matter what link you choose. So i am stuck with IE9". Again, for clarification, when you say you "reinstalled" you're saying you did the Repair Install and even that didn't work.

If this accurately represents everything you've tried, it sounds like something is terribly wrong with your Windows 7 installation. Unless one of our resident experts can offer another repair option to try, I'm leaning towards a clean install of the operating system. That would virtually guarantee (short of computer hardware issues) elimination of all the problems you're having. And it would be your choice if you want to turn Windows Updates off and stay with the basic OS and IE8.

ADDED: In researching this problem I came across a registry tweak that might help. I tried it on my machine and it successfully removed my currently installed IE9. When I rebooted, IE8 was reinstalled. Your mileage (kilometers?) may vary. And you can disregard the instructions for removing Outlook Express. As always, if a mistake is made in editing the registry,your computer could become an expensive paperweight.

How to uninstall Internet Explorer/Outlook Express from Windows Registry | Windows Reference
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11 Apr 2011   #13
hollyoaks777

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
I agree with fseal, hollyoaks, that something else might be at fault. I'm trying to run a time line though my head and thinking out loud here. If I get something wrong or out of sequence, please feel free to chastise me or beat me soundly around the head and shoulders with a usb cable. And in no way am I being critical or trying to find fault with anything you've done.

1. Your computer had Windows 7 installed along with the default IE8 for a period of time and all was good.
2. Presumably around the time IE9 was released to the public, "I hate IE9 but they have forced it apon me as downloads are corrupted..." I take that to mean Microsoft (through Windows Update) installed IE9 before you had a chance to decline it. And once IE9 was on your machine it wasn't working right.
3. "I tried a repair to IE8 and reinstalled it..." When you realized IE9 was borked you tried to repair/reinstall IE8, presumably from an official Microsoft website like this. But it didn't fix the problem. For clarification, did you attempt to uninstall IE9 first?
4. Eventually, "I have now unistalled IE9 via updates installed and the icon is still IE9 but i am on IE8 won't even let me download firefox says corrupt file." So apparently there was a problem with the uninstall process and you were not able to use the reinstated IE8 to download Firefox.
5. Finally, you also uninstalled SP1 and, "done reinstall mate and they are forcing it apon you just type in firefox and download you will get a corrupt file alert on no matter what link you choose. So i am stuck with IE9". Again, for clarification, when you say you "reinstalled" you're saying you did the Repair Install and even that didn't work.

If this accurately represents everything you've tried, it sounds like something is terribly wrong with your Windows 7 installation. Unless one of our resident experts can offer another repair option to try, I'm leaning towards a clean install of the operating system. That would virtually guarantee (short of computer hardware issues) elimination of all the problems you're having. And it would be your choice if you want to turn Windows Updates off and stay with the basic OS and IE8.

ADDED: In researching this problem I came across a registry tweak that might help. I tried it on my machine and it successfully removed my currently installed IE9. When I rebooted, IE8 was reinstalled. Your mileage (kilometers?) may vary. And you can disregard the instructions for removing Outlook Express. As always, if a mistake is made in editing the registry,your computer could become an expensive paperweight.

How to uninstall Internet Explorer/Outlook Express from Windows Registry | Windows Reference
correct but I did a clean install not repair buddy
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11 Apr 2011   #14
marsmimar

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I guess that explains why you earlier told fseal that you had a load of updates to do. Did these updates come from the Windows Update site and did they include IE9 again? If so, the only other thing that comes to mind is perhaps you have a damaged or corrupt installation media that is somehow interfering with a good IE9 download. I'm totally perplexed.
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11 Apr 2011   #15
hollyoaks777

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
I guess that explains why you earlier told fseal that you had a load of updates to do. Did these updates come from the Windows Update site and did they include IE9 again? If so, the only other thing that comes to mind is perhaps you have a damaged or corrupt installation media that is somehow interfering with a good IE9 download. I'm totally perplexed.
Thinking the same mate
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11 Apr 2011   #16
marsmimar

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Couple of things to consider/try. If you can borrow someone elses installation media you could give that a go. It would have to be the exact same version and bit (32 or 64) as you have installed so your product key would work if reactivation is necessary.

Or, you could create a universal installation disk. There's a tutorial here or you could google "windows 7 universal installation disk mydigitallife" (can't give links -against forum rules.) They have official Microsoft links to all of the Win 7 versions and bits as well as instructions on how to put all versions of Win 7 on one DVD.

I'm really sorry we haven't been able to find a solution. It's frustrating.
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11 Apr 2011   #17
hollyoaks777

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I have just spent an hour and a half on the phone to my ISP they are sending out new hub. I don't think it's that does anyone else think it could be that?
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11 Apr 2011   #18
marsmimar

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Have you noticed any other problems with your internet connection like intermittent loss of connectivity?
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11 Apr 2011   #19
hollyoaks777

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No bud
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11 Apr 2011   #20
Mike Connor

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Have you tried downloading Firefox directly from Mozilla?

Firefox web browser | International versions: Get Firefox in your language

and have you scanned your system for malware?

Regards....Mike Connor
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