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Can only open one IE window

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Scott H, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. Scott H

    Scott H Guest

    This just started happening recently. When I try to open a second IE window, the first closes and my home page comes up in the new window. Same thing happens when I try to use a link, say from a GT post, first my GT window closes and the linked pages takes its place. Also, when any window opens, it's a one inch square box that has to be maximized. I'm running XP Pro, and have done all kinds of scans and nothing helps. Any and all help appreciated.
  2. Washington D.C.

    Washington D.C.

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    Woestyn Kusdorp
    just off the top of my head,go to tools /advanced/and reset defaults.
    if nothing changes ,then try a IE repair;EN-US;q318378 I have found a work-around to open multiple windows. I can use CTRL-N to open as many windows as I want with no errors . . These might not help or you may have done them, but they're quick and simple to try...

    1. Right-click on the link you want to open and click on "Open in new window" in the pop-up menu.

    2. Shift-click on the link.

    3. Tools > Internet Options > Advanced tab > Browse section > uncheck "Reuse windows for launching shortcuts."

  3. Washington D.C.

    Washington D.C.

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    Woestyn Kusdorp
    The Internet Explorer Repair Tool

    This is accessed via Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs. Highlight the Internet Explorer entry then select add/remove. Choose the repair option.

    (Note: if you are using Windows XP SP2, you can try running the command "IExplore.exe /rereg" (without the quotes). This command line will reregister many IE files, including actxprxy.dll, asctrls.ocx, browseui.dll, cdfview.dll, comcat.dll, comctl32.dll, corpol.dll, cryptdlg.dll, digest.dll, dispex.dll, dxtmsft.dll, dxtrans.dll, hlink.dll, iepeers.dll, iesetup.dll, imgutil.dll, inetcpl.cpl, inetcpl.cpl, initpki.dll, inseng.dll, jscript.dll, licmgr10.dll, mlang.dll, mobsync.dll, msapsspc.dll, mshta.exe, mshtml.dll, mshtml.dll, mshtmled.dll, msident.dll, msieftp.dll, msnsspc.dll, msr2c.dll, msrating.dll, msxml.dll, occache.dll, oleaut32.dll, plugin.ocx, pngfilt.dll, proctexe.ocx, scrobj.dll, sendmail.dll, setupwbv.dll, shdocvw.dll, shdocvw.dll, tdc.ocx, urlmon.dll, vbscript.dll, webcheck.dll, wininet.dll)

    To uninstall IE you select 'restore previous Windows configuration' in the same window.

    The Repair Tool is not available Windows XP (or any other version of Windows) until the version of Internet Explorer installed with the operating system is updated.

    To repair Internet Explorer in XP, have a look at the advice at this link:

    How to Reinstall or Repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP (Q318378);EN-US;q318378

    Other Knowledge Base articles about the IE repair tool include:

    Description of the Internet Explorer Repair Tool [Q194177];EN-US;Q194177

    Things can also go wrong with the repair tool - for example:

    Err Msg: Internet Explorer 5 Could Not Be Repaired. Please.... [Q222491];EN-US;Q222491
  4. Washington D.C.

    Washington D.C.

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    Woestyn Kusdorp
    See if any of this helps:

    Start/Run/CMD. Type this command: REGSVR32 URLMON.DLL. Ok/Reboot.

    IE6 opens blank (empty) windows

    The "Open in a New Window" Command May Not Work;EN-US;q272322

    How do I get HTTP hyperlinks in OE to open IE

    How do I get mailto hyperlinks in IE to open OE

    Send To Mail Recipient Opens an Outlook Plain Text Message;EN-US;q234487

    Search Companion Issues: Read the issues the apply accordingly

    Search does not work when not connected to the Internet

    The file that is missing is BAR.XSL (Windows\srchasst\mui\0409\bar.xsl This
    file may be locally cached in the Temporary Internet Files, so this may
    explain why some users have this problem "intermittently".

    Here are 2 fixes. Both require access to the Win XP CD (or copy of the files
    in the I386 folder.

    1) Click Start, Run and enter CMD Then enter the following command
    where X is your CD drive letter.

    EXPAND -r X:\I386\BAR.XS_ C:\Windows\srchasst\mui\0409

    (if you're using a copy of the I386 files, then change the path above to
    point to that location. Additionally, if the Windows Folder is not on your
    C: drive, change the command line accordingly).

    2) Open Explorer and go to Windows\Inf. Locate the srchasst.inf file.
    Right click it and select Install. You'll need your XP CD or the files from
    the I386 folder.
    Error: "A file that is required to run Search Companion cannot be found. You
    may need to run setup".

    Here are two fixes.

    Fix #1) Right click on each of the links below and select Save Target As.
    Save the files to \Windows\srchasst\mui\0409 folder.

    The Windows\Inf folder is a hidden folder. You can adjust your Explorer
    Folder Options (View tab) to Show hidden files and folders.

    Fix #2) Open Explorer and go to the Windows\Inf folder. Locate the
    srchasst.inf file. Right click it and select Install. You'll ned your XP CD
    or the files from the I386 folder. (This fix will require you to have your
    Win XP CD).

    Again, the Windows\Inf folder is a hidden folder. You may need to adjust
    your Windows Explorer options to show hidden files and folders. You can
    also click Start, Run and enter %SystemRoot%\Inf to open directly to the Inf
    Search Companion does not work:

    Option 1. Depending on your version of TweakUI, run it, go to the Desktop
    settings and put the check mark back in Search Results.

    Option 2. If you don't have TweakUI installed, or this option isn't
    available in your version, copy and paste the following lines into a Notepad
    file and save the file with an REG extension. Make sure to add a blank line
    at the end of the file.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    @="Search Results Folder"

    Locate the file you just saved and double click it. Answer yes to the
    import prompt.

    Option 3: If manually editing the Registry is not to your liking, visit the
    web site at and visit the Windows XP section. In Tweaks
    and Fixes, follow the link for Fix Windows XP Search (error) and follow the
  5. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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  6. bambihunter

    bambihunter 10mm collector

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    You didn't say which version of Windows you were running, if you are running XP did you recently upgrade it to service pack 2? If so, you'll need to make changes there. I'm too tired to read what the others wrote so maybe they've already suggested the same thing in their long posts so disregard if it's fixed...