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Windows 7: Internet Explorer - Reset

Internet Explorer - Reset

How to Reset Internet Explorer to Default
Published by Brink
31 Dec 2008
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How to Reset Internet Explorer to Default

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to reset Internet Explorer settings to back their default state when Windows was first installed on your computer.

This is useful for troubleshooting problems that might be caused by settings that were changed after installation.

warning   Warning
When you delete personal settings, some webpages that rely on previously stored cookies, form data, passwords, or previously installed browser add-ons might not work correctly.

Resetting Internet Explorer's settings is not reversible. After a reset, all previous settings are lost and cannot be recovered.

Note   Note
Resetting Internet Explorer to its default settings does not delete your favorites, feeds, Web Slices, and a few other personalized settings. See the table below for a complete list of all settings and information about whether they are reset or maintained. All add-ons installed by you will be disabled though.

Internet Explorer - Reset-table.jpg

Here's How:
1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. Open Internet Explorer, click/tap on Tools (gear icon "ALT+X") and Internet Options, then go to step 4 below.
NOTE: In Windows 8 and 8.1, this would only apply to the desktop IE10 or IE11, and not the modern IE10/IE11.

3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Internet Options icon. Close all open Internet Explorer windows, and go to step 4 below.

4. Click/tap on the Advanced tab, and then click/tap on the Reset button. (see screenshot below)
Internet Explorer - Reset-internet_options.jpg
5. To Completely Reset Internet Explorer
A) If you also wanted to delete your personal settings, then check/tap the box as well, otherwise leave the box unchecked. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: See the table at the top of the tutorial for what will be affected by this. You should check this for a complete reset though.
Internet Explorer - Reset-reset.jpg
6. Click/tap on the Reset button. (see screenshot above)

7. Click/tap on the Close button. (see screenshot below)
Internet Explorer - Reset-in_ie7_close.jpg
8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You will not see this if you opened Internet Options from the Control Panel (step 2).
Internet Explorer - Reset-restart_ie.jpg
9. Close Internet Explorer.
NOTE: You will not need to do this if you opened Internet Options from the Control Panel (step 3) since it should alread be closed.

10. The reset will take effect the next time you open Internet Explorer.

11. You will now need to enable any toolbars and add-ons that you want back. Be sure to only enable them one by one to see if one may have been a cause for any issue you may have had with Internet Explorer.
That's it,

06 Feb 2009   #1

Windows 7 RC 7100

Yes, my goodness that is the rather simple way to do it. I suppose the fact that I had been doing all this oc'ing that caused the problem to begin with was in the wee hours of the night likely make for my not resetting it from the advanced options.

As well as that in my frustration I put the 32bit IE in the recycle bin and deleted it...ohhh nooo~!

Suppose resetting at this point would availe nothing, I will have to do the restore point going back previous to the happening...

It's o.k. as I have use the resore in W7 before already for something else. Might add that the restore is reminisant of xps restore points, can't say I remember vista ever having restore points or perhaps I just did not have a need for it within vista.

At any rate it comes in handy for events such as this yeaaaa
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06 Feb 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Thunder,

Since IE is considered a system file, you could also run a sfc /scannow command to restore the 32-bit Internet Explorer file.

Another option, would be to use Previous Versions to restore it in the original folder.

Hope this helps,
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07 Feb 2009   #3

Windows 7 RC 7100

Well I did the sfc, for whatever reason it said all files were alright but still no 32bit os. Since I have out grown my 80gb back-up drive as I now have 170+gb usage, I am not likely to do any fresh os installs or restore points as I would lose data(programs) with restore point.

So, now the moment I am using alternate browsers for flash related media usage...such as Max which btw while 32bit is faster than MSN 64bit browser~!!!
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07 Feb 2009   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


Here is a copy of the Internet Explorer folder from my 64-bit Windows 7 C:\Program Files (x86) folder with all of it's default filee. I hope it can help.

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File Type: zip Internet (2.29 MB, 2118 views)
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07 Feb 2009   #5

Windows 7 RC 7100

Hmm, that was the direct folder that I put into the recycle bin. I did not check that location after doing the sfc which must have replaced it ahh. Just goes to show you that sleep is something that prevents missteps and keeps one thorough.
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07 Feb 2009   #6

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

LOL, I hear that Thunder. I'm happy to hear that you have the file back. :)
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08 Feb 2009   #7

Windows 7 RC 7100

Yes...again thank you :)P
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02 May 2015   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I have tried to open Internet Options in Control Panel. Nothing open up the Internet Options so I can reset the Internet Explorer which I have serious problem with this.

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02 May 2015   #9

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello John,

What happens when you try to open Internet Options? Any error messages?

Is this for the same issue that you sorted in your thread below?

Internet Explorer 11 problem -- hang after type the URL link
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