Please state your full Windows version (e.g., WinXP SP3; Vista x64 SP2) when
posting to this newsgroup.
Your previous threads about this include:
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 Explorer’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
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. Just asking for now!! Do NOT use such a Restore Point yet!! => Do you
have an available Restore Point which predates the install of IE8?
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
> Back in April 2009 I was having trouble with IE8.
> IE8 would try to download certain html pages instead of opening them as
> You can read about it here :
> Helpful people on newsgroups suggested all sorts of remedies.
> I disactivated all the accelerators and all Google Toolbar ...
> Nothing worked.
> Eventually I decided to roll back to IE7 and that solved the problem.
> Now ,in July 2009, I thought maybe MS has fixed the bug and so I installed
> Now the Wikipedia Salt page is still not opening and ....
> The Pepper page is not working either.
> That's new.
> In April, the Pepper page worked OK.
> I'm just thinking maybe I just reinstalled the old IE8 pack ?
> How would I go about deleting the IE8 update pack
> that is on my hard drive and
> forcing MS update to download a (hopefully )newer version ?
> Then I could uninstall IE8 and install it again but from the new download.
> Would that make any difference ?