Thanks for your reply.
But it doesn't resolve the confusion. I was hoping to solve the add-on
problem by starting with no add-ons, and enable each one in turn until the
problem reoccurs (not that simple, unfortunately, as the "not responding"
can occur randomly. It does not always start as soon as an add-on is
enabled. It may start as soon as IE8 is started normally; it may not. It
may occur after one browser window or tab has opened without problem, but
then occurs at the second opening. It may only occur after the fourth or
fifth window/tab has opened. Very frustrating!).
As far as I can see, the link you noted applies to IE7, not IE8. It seems
possible to manage add-ons in IE8 even if it is started with add-ons
disabled. At least, their status can be toggled and remains in the last
state if the box is closed and reopened. However, the information toolbar
(is that its correct name?) still says that IE is running with add-ons
disabled, even if I enable all of them! If the toolbar is correct, then the
"manage add-ons" box is really confusing the issue by apparently having the
It's a pity that starting IE8 with no add-ons doesn't result in the "Manage
add-ons" being greyed out.
"Don Varnau" <don_04[at]varnau[dot]org> wrote in message
> The status of the add-on (enabled or disabled) is reflecting the normal
> state. When you startup with add-ons disabled, they're disabled for that
> You should disable all third-party add-ons, then re-enable them one at a
> time until the problem returns. The last to be enabled is the troublesome
> one. Downloading and installing the latest version of that toolbar/add-on
> may resolve the issue.
> For troubleshooting information see:
> IEBlog Troubleshooting and Internet Explorerís (No Add-ons) Mode:
> Hope this helps,
> [MS MVP- IE]
> "Jeff Layman" <jmlayman[at]invalid.invalid> wrote in message
>> Win7HPx64. IE8 (8.0.7600.16385)
>> Like many posters here, I get "Not responding" from IE8 (32 or 64 bit)
>> too many times when starting normally. So I have resorted to using
>> with no add-ons", which solves the problem (never necessary with XPH IE7,
>> but that's progress I guess...).
>> But I am somewhat puzzled when using this and then clicking on "Manage
>> add-on" from the information bar or Tools menu. After populating
>> and Extensions", it is apparent that these show as in normal use. In
>> words, their status is as enabled or disabled in exactly the same way as
>> though IE8 was started normally (particularly those which run without
>> permission). Why do these not all appear as "disabled"?