Hi, I have been facing this problem for the last 5 days on my laptop. It has Windows Vista home as its operating system. About a month ago I had tried installing Google chrome on my system but it would not connect to the internet and later I tried the Safari browser as well and it also wouldnt connect to the internet. During this time my internet explorer was working fine. About 5 days back during windows update or I must have done it accidently I updated IE 7 to IE 8. Since then I am unable to connect to the internet using IE. The other chat softwares like Yahoo, Skype & Gtalk connect to the internet using the same laptop. Also when I boot the system in safe mode I am able to browse using my Internet Explorer. There is no problem with the Internet connection since I am able to browse on the same internet connection using my office laptop. Any help would be appeciated. PS : Also around the time that google chrome stopped connecting to the internet. My DVD rom also stopped working, whenever I put a CD/DVD into the DVD rom and try to open it, it gives an error stating that no DVD could be found and it ejects. Dont know if these two problems are interconnected.