1. Does this behavior persist if you start IE7 in No Add-ons mode? To start
IE7 in No Add-ons mode:
Right-click on the blue IE desktop icon and select Start without Add-ons; or
Start > (All) Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Internet Explorer (No
Troubleshooting and Internet Explorer's (No Add-ons) Mode:
2. Does the problem persist if you Reset IE7 Settings (RIES)?
<= Read before using!
3. If you uninstall (a) IE7 *exactly* per the link below (which
automatically returns you to IE6), (b) all toolbars and (c) all third-party
Windows Themes (including Window Blinds) and do NOT reinstall IE7, does this
behavior persist? If it does, do NOT reinstall IE7.
[Only use the Command %windir%\ie7\spuninst\spuninst.exe if you cannot
uninstall via Add/Remove Programs!]
IE7 (Un)Installation and Anti-Malware Applications:
4. Required reading IMHO before reinstalling IE7:
Sandi's Installation Tips <= Steps #1-8, #10 & #11; take note of #12, then
I strongly recommend using
installation source, not Automatic/Windows Update.
Direct Download link:
Tip: Save the installer to your desktop, do not Run it.
5. Make *certain* that you check in at Windows Update immediately after
reinstalling IE7 to install any critical updates offered. If Optional
Updates category offers Root Certificates update, I recommend installing it
to take full advantage of IE7's additional security.
IMPORTANT! => IE and Windows XP Service Pack 3
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
AumHa VSOP & Admin http://aumha.net
William H. Bowen wrote:
> I'm at my wits end trying to fix a problem. I have 4 machines, all
> running Windows XP with IE7 and 3 of them run IE7 just fine. The 4th
> machine has a problem.
> Machine is a Compaq Deskpro 800 MHz with 512MB RAM and a 2 GB swap
> file (yeh, I knwo that is large - I'll explain in a moment). Windows
> XP Pro with SP3 and all the updates to current.
> If I start IE7 with the "-extoff" switch IE7 loads and runs just
> fine and consumes a normal amount of memory (about 75 MB RAM and 40 MB
> or so of swap file). If I start IE7 normally (no "-extoff" switch) IE7
> loads but instantly consumes approx. 400 MB of RAM and nearly 700 MB
> of swap file (now you see why I have the swap file set so large).
> Other than the high memory consumption IE7 seems to work just fine.
> I have gone in and manually disabled EVERY plugin, addin, etc. Even
> went as far as removing all the plugins and ActiveX files and
> stashing them in a temp directory. No dice - memory consumption is
> still sky high.
> BTW, I've also tried removing and reinstalling IE7 and SP3 (and all
> the plugins like Adobe Flash): no change. BTW, if I uninstall IE7 what
> I end up with for a web browser is a "little bit of this and a little
> bit of that" - bits and pieces of both IE6 & IE7 ("About" claims it is
> IE6 but the browser UI looks like IE7 including the tabs) that starts
> but cannot access the web to load any pages (though it will load a
> local HTML file).
> I know I could probably blow the entire OS up and reload it all from
> scratch but before I do that I'll just quit using IE and use nothing
> but Firefox (which BTW runs just fine) - on the other hand doing this
> would make Windows Update a royal pain.
> Anyone have any ideas?? Any help would be very much appreciated.
> I've been working with PCs since the old TRS-80 days and this one has
> really got me stumped.
> Best Regards,
> Bill Bowen
> Sacramento, CA