Are you running Vista, Vista SP1, or Vista SP2?
If the second, Automatic Crash Recovery-instance of IEXPLORE.EXE never
disappears, something else is going on.
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, is your
subscription current, and is it supported in IE8? 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
IE8 and/or WinXP SP3? May I assume you installed IE8 after you installed
4b. 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)?
5. Do you have an available Restore Point which predates the install of IE8?
<=Just asking for now!!
6. Is Adobe Acrobat/Adobe Reader configured to open PDF files in the browser
or in Adobe Reader? What version of Adobe Acrobat/Adobe Reader are you
running (e.g., v9.1.1)?
> Thank you for responding and for the link.
> Are you suggesting that Automatic Crash Recovery is the reason the file
> handles are kept open? I suppose that's reasonable if the handles are
> eventually closed/released (within a few secs) after the user has closed
> tab or moved on to some other URL, but the case I'm seeing where the
> is never released seems like a bug to me.
> What do you think?
> Do you know what conditions must be met in order for the handle to be
> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:
>> See if
>> makes things any clearer.
>> kp88 wrote:
>>> I am finding the IE8 on Vista does not always close the handle to a file
>>> based URL after the tab is closed. Specifically, I'm opening PDF files
>>> there's another mime-type handler process involved (in my case Adobe
>>> Acrobat) but using procexp.exe I can see that iexplorer.exe is the
>>> hanging on to the file even after the mime type handler has exited.
>>> I say not always because sometimes I don't see the file handle under
>>> iexplore.exe at all and other times, the file handle is closed after
>>> delay. In a 3rd case, the handle is never closed (where never >=
>>> at least until I manually exit from IE8.
>>> Is this a feature or a bug?