Uninstalled IE7, can't connect to the Internet

By waterproof ยท 10 replies
May 21, 2009
  1. My friend just uninstalled IE7 from his computer, and well I tried helping him but I can't lol. The help that I need is how do you reinstall IE7 (where you can't connect to the internet any more, that you don't have any other browsers installed before hand) I went through system recovery and my friend has not done a system backup at all, and the XP CD, he doesn't have it any more.

    Any solutions?
  2. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    Install Firefox!!!!

    Now, here's how to install Firefox without using Internet Explorer:

    To start FTP, click on the Start menu, then "Run..." and enter:


    Then click "OK."

    When the ftp> prompt appears, type:

    open releases.mozilla.org

    Then press Enter. You will be connected to the Mozilla Firefox FTP download site.

    Note that you will need to press Enter after every command that follows.

    When prompted for your username enter: anonymous As your password enter: your email address

    When the ftp> prompt reappears enter these commands, one at a time, pressing enter after each one and waiting for a response from the server:

    cd pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases
    cd latest-2.0
    cd win32

    Now, to see a list of languages and countries that Firefox is available for, type:


    If you live in the United States or you prefer your interface in U.S. English, your next command is:

    cd en-US

    If you prefer another language, cd to that directory instead.

    Next, to find out the name of the current version of the Firefox installer, use one more "ls" command:


    This last "ls" command will show you the exact name of the installer for the current version of Firefox 2.0, among other files. You are looking for the filename that ends with .exe. AS OF THIS WRITING, it is:

    Firefox Setup

    But you need to use the ls command to see what the current version is instead of relying on this.

    Next, type the command:


    To make sure the file is moved as a program and not as a text file, which would ruin it.

    We're almost ready! But if we downloaded the file now, it would not wind up on your desktop. It would show up in your home folder instead... and you probably don't even know what that means! Fortunately, the desktop "lives" right inside your home folder, so we can use the lcd (Local Change Directory) command to go there:

    lcd Desktop

    Finally, we're ready to type:

    get "Firefox Setup"

    If that is the setup program name you found with the ls command.

    (The quotation marks are important!)

    Now: relax! The file will take a while to download. On a dialup modem it could take a very long while. Go get a cup of coffee.

    When the ftp> prompt comes back without an error message, type:


    Close or minimize your application windows and you'll find that the Firefox installation program is now waiting for you on your desktop! Double-click that file to install Firefox.

    In the future, of course, you can start Firefox from the Start menu. There is no need to install it every time, and you can drag the installer to the trash can when you are completely finished installing Firefox.

    and then you can download internet explorer, i suggest you have two internet browsers, just in case
  3. waterproof

    waterproof TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 208

    edit, thank you!
    but other than this, is there other ways or option as well?
  4. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,516

    I like to get browser installers by going to the browser's web site with a different browser. IE, I always get Firefox packages using Opera, and vice versa. That way,pretty much all you can do is save the file. If you go to the browser that you want to install's own website, it's usually a hassle, and an attempt to either update, or a live install. If you go to Opera with FF, they can't screw with you.

    There is a chance that you damaged your mobo's LAN driver, so if all else fails, try reinstalling that.

    I don't think that IE is actually uninstallable, per se, but I'm not sure.

    Just take a flash drive over to a friend's house, and grab FF & Opera at one shot.
  6. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    pretty much what i suggested captain hahah :)
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,516

    Well, I suppose we all should welcome a reaffirmation of our beliefs from time to time.
  8. waterproof

    waterproof TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 208

    My friend lives quite a distance.
    Anyway, could you download a internet browser through a proxy server? if it has a built firewall and that downloading via ftp couldn't be done?
  9. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    if he does not live near you,

    the first option i gave you is the best one in your situation.

    there is no other way if he has no way to connect to the internet.
  10. waterproof

    waterproof TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 208

    not even through proxy?
  11. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    no dude,

    i dont understand why you just dont give my first instructions a shot,

    i have tested it myself.
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