get this: in order to repair ie7 on vista you have to repair the whole OS.
Smart thinking from MS right?
try the shortcut that launches IE7 with no plug-ins (add-ons)
that you will find in the start menu as below:
Start> All programs> accessories> system tools>
Internet Explorer (No Add-ons)
see if that lets Ie7 work...
I would suggest you also downloading some antispyware like spybot search and
and adaware (search for them both on www.download.com
they are free)
as well as doing a scan with windows defender.
tell me if any of this helps
<email@example.com> wrote in message
> Hi, I'm having a few annoying problems with IE& on Vista, and I
> wondered if there was a way to reinstall the IE7 components.
> I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium edition (fully patched) and I
> have a number of issues that have existed possibly since the machine
> was built - i.e. I'm not sure it ever worked!
> The problems include:
> 1. The Search tool bar doe not work, I can type in it - but
> pressing enter, or the search icon does nothing
> 2. The drop-down list of "back history" does not appear ... the
> back button functions fine, but the drop down does not work
> 3. Most annoying of all - downloads, or new windows that are
> invoked via script do not work, there are two different versions of
> this fault:
> a) the window will open and do nothing, but you can "stop"
> the page and press refresh -- and then it works fine.
> b) if the window is a pop-up the URL is not populated, and
> there is no way to stop / refresh ... in this case I have found no
> work around (other than firefox).
> The problem also exists in the "no add-ons" version - but I'm not a
> fan of add-ons anyway, so I only run Google toolbar.
> Can anyone help?