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How-to: Reset IE browser settings

10 November 2010 by J.M.

If Internet Explorer crashes often or gets painfully slow, resetting its settings may help. Resetting IE deletes all personal settings and restores the browser to the state right after installation.

When nothing works anymore in Internet Explorer, reset it with the following steps:

  1. Press the Windows+R shortcut and enter the following command (watch out for upper- and lower case!):

    rundll32 inetcpl.cpl ResetIEtoDefaults

  2. Click OK, then Reset.
  3. Now reboot Windows.

Internet Explorer will now start with default settings. If opening IE still doesn’t work properly, you can retry the process, but check the “Delete personal settings” option.

Reset Internet Explorer Settings

Tip: You don’t want to enter the command manually? Download the corresponding FixIt solution from Microsoft’s website at support.microsoft.com/kb/923737.


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