How to Reinstall or Repair Internet Explorer 6 in Windows XP

Last Updated: February 19, 2008


Reinstall Internet Explorer 6 by using the Ie.inf file:

If you already have Windows XP Service Pack 2 installed, and you do not want to install Internet Explorer 7, you may be able to resolve problems with Internet Explorer 6 by using the Ie.inf file to reinstall Internet Explorer 6. To do this, follow these steps:


  1. Click the Start button > Run.
  2. Type %systemroot%\inf then press Enter.
  3. Find the Ie.inf file that is located in Windows\Inf folder.
  4. Right-click the Ie.inf file, and then click Install.
  5. Restart the computer when the file copy process is complete.

Alternative Solution

Sometimes you may want to reinstall Internet Explorer 6 from your XP CD. To do so follow these steps:

  1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer CD drive.
  2. Click the Start button> Run.
  3. Type the following:
    rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 c:\windows\inf\ie.inf
  4. Press ENTER.