Reset to Default Settings in IE7, IE8, and IE9

   Posted by David Kirk in Windows

If your browser is misbehaving, resetting IE to its default settings often will fix any issues. By resetting Internet Explorer, you will remove all your prior settings; however, your Favorites, RSS Feeds and WebSlices will be not affected. These directions work for all modern versions of IE including IE8 and IE9.

By following these steps, you will return Internet Explorer to its default settings. This is very useful in troubleshooting browser issues. Obviously, the reset process is not reversible. However, important things like your favorites, proxy settings, and RSS feeds will remain.

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. In IE7 or IE8, click Tools from the Command Bar. For IE9, select the gears icon in the upper-left-hand corner. Next select Internet Options.

3. Select the Advanced tab.

4. Go to the Reset Internet Explorer settings section and click the Reset button.

5. You will then see a window that outlines the impact of resetting IE. In IE8 and IE9, an expanded list of options will be available. A basic reset will disable toolbars and add-ons, and reset default web browser settings, advanced options, tabbed browsing settings, privacy settings, pop-up settings and security settings.

If you check the Delete personal settings checkbox, it will reset the home page(s), search providers and Accelerators to their default values. It will also delete the temp internet files, history, cookies, passwords and InPrivate Blocking data.

When you have it set to reset the desired information, click the Reset button.

You will need to restart Internet Explorer to see the changes.

If you fail to see changes after restarting the browser, it is often because a system error has prevented Internet Explorer from accessing the registry or file system correctly. Spyware is a frequent culprit in these circumstances.

 

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  • Anonymous

    hi guys,
    i’ve try to reset my IE8 several times but still fails to start any ideas please! bytheway it says option default setting fail but the rest went thru.

  • Swapno

    I also faced the same problem while using IE8. However when I used othe browsers like “Google chrome”, I could download the file.