One down, much more to go...
1. Does the behavior persist if you start IE in No Add-ons mode? To start
IE in No Add-ons mode:
=> Right-click on the blue IE desktop icon and select Start without
=> Start | (All) Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Internet
Explorer (No add-ons).
Troubleshooting and Internet Explorerâ€™s (No Add-ons) Mode:
2. Does the behavior persist if you Reset IE Advanced settings (RIES)?
<= Read before using!
3. Does the behavior persist if you boot into Safe Mode with Networking?
[Careful! Only remain in Safe Mode just long enough to test!]
4a. What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
What third-party firewall (if any)? Were any of these applications running
in the background when you installed IE7 and/or SP3?
5b. Has a Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on this machine
(e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought it)?
6. Which was installed first, SP3 or IE7?
> I appreciate your effort to help me. I'm sorry to say that none of the
> options you recommended worked for me. I continue to get a blank page when
> start IE and the word "connecting" appears on the first tab. After a few
> seconds a (Not Responding) show up at the top of the window. I am
> with this. I really don't want to re-install but I might not ahve any
> options. Thanks again
PA Bear [MS MVP] wrote:
> Pick one:
> A blank Web page is displayed when you start IE7 [or IE8; ignore the
> You are unable to change the home page [Welcome screen] in IE7 [or IE8]
> When you open IE7 [or IE8], it may default to [the Welcome or Customize
> Settings] page
> NB: All of the above apply to IE7 and IE8
> Mario wrote:
>> I'm running Win XP Media Center 2005 edition SP3. About a month ago my
>> started getting stuck on the opening page. I've searched the net, tried
>> several options short of reinstalling Windows without results. My last
>> effort was installing IE8 and the behavior continues exactly the same,
>> getting stuck on initiation and it does not even get to the first page. A
>> lot of the solutions require going to the options menu after starting IE
>> but I can't even get to that. Any idea what could be happening and how to
>> solve the problem. BTW, I use Firefox regularly and only need IE for
>> Windows Update. Firefox works flawlessly in the same system. Thanks in
>> advance for any ssistance to solve this problem.