How to Reinstall Your Browser
By Ruri Ranbe
Browser files can sometimes become corrupted, preventing the browser from running or functioning properly. When this happens, it is usually a good idea to uninstall the program and reload the most recent version of the software.
Internet Explorer 7
Download Internet Explorer version 7 from the official Microsoft website.
Right-click \"Start,\" then click \"Explore.\" Click \"Tools,\" and from the drop-down, select \"Folder Options.\"
Click the \"View\" tab. Under \"Advanced Settings,\" click \"Show hidden files and folders,\" which is located just beneath \"Hidden files and folders.\" Click \"OK.\"
Click \"Start > All Programs > Accessories > Run.\"
Type \"%windir%\ie7\spuninst\spuninst.exe\" in the dialogue box, then hit \"Enter.\" Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall Internet Explorer 7.
Install and run the browser file you downloaded from Microsoft. Follow the installation wizard to properly reinstall the browser.
Internet Explorer 8
Download Internet Explorer 8 from the official the Microsoft website. Then, click \"Start > Control Panel.\"
If you have Windows XP, double-click \"Add/Remove Programs.\" Click Internet Explorer 8, then click \"Remove.\"
If you are using Windows Vista, double-click \"Programs and Features.\" Click \"View Installed Updates,\" located on the left-hand side of the window. Double-click Windows Internet Explorer 8. Click \"Yes\" when the \"Uninstall an Update\" dialogue box appears. Click \"Continue\" when the \"User Account Control\" dialogue box appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall IE8.
If you are using Windows 7, double-click \"Programs and Features.\" Click \"Turn Windows Features on or off,\" located on the left-hand side of the window. Uncheck the box next to IE8. Click \"OK.\" Click \"Yes\" if a warning message appears.
Go to the official Mozilla website to download the most recent version of Firefox to your computer.
Click \"Start > Control Panel,\" and then click \"Add/Remove Programs\" if you have Windows XP or \"Programs and Features\" if you have Windows Vista or 7.
Scroll through the program list until you find \"Mozilla Firefox\" or some derivative thereof. Right-click the program, then click \"Uninstall.\"
Follow the on-screen instructions to remove the browser from your computer.
Install and run the browser file you downloaded from Mozilla. Follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall the Mozilla Firefox browser.
- If you have IE6, go to \"C:\\Program files\\Internet Explorer\\Setup.\" Double-click \"setup.exe\" to run the file. Follow the on-screen instructions to remove the program.
- If you have Windows XP SP3 (Service Pack 3) installed, you must uninstall the service pack before you can uninstall IE7 or 8.
Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.