Your re-installation of Windows was performed incorrectly.
Did you want to re-install Windows over itself? This is known as an
'repair install' or an 'in place upgrade'. If so, see here:
"How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install"
If your intention was to erase your hard disk and start over - known as
a 'clean install' - see here:
"Clean Install Windows XP"
If you intended to use your computer manufacturer's recovery CDs or
recovery partition, contact the manufacturer for instructions specific
to your make and model of computer.
In general, before performing any major changes to a computer, search
the web for detailed instructions. Don't ask me how I learned this, but
here's a hint: It wasn't 'the easy way.'
Errare humanum est
Dan Brennan wrote:
> I have been trying to get IE7 to start for a week after my Thinkpad "Blue
> Screened" and Windows XP wouldn't start even in Safe Mode. I ended up having
> to reinstall XP, which I did by going into Recovery Mode from the XP CD and
> renaming the WINDOWS directory to WINDOWS.OLD. I tried to rename PROGRAM
> FILES and DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS, but had no access, so the new install of XP
> had to write into existing directories.
> I loaded IE7 and the installation ran uneventfully. But IE7 will not load.
> I get an image of a window for a ┬╝-second, and can see iexplore.exe in the
> Task Manager if I watch really carefully, but the app crashes with no other
> I have tried the reregistration of ieproxy.dll. Nothing. I tried running
> IE7 from Safe Mode with Networking. Nothing. I tried uninstalling IE7 and
> reinstalling it, once in normal mode, once in Safe Mode. Nothing. I tried
> starting IE7 "with no add-ins". Nothing. And I tried Reseting Internet
> Explorer Settings. Nothing.
> My Fix-It Utilities Virus Scanner reports no issues with Spyware. Mozilla
> Firefox runs with no issues. I cannot use IE8 because it prevents Quickbooks
> from running.
> Any better ideas out there? Thanks in advance.