Normally, I use firefox on my computer - but I share my computer with my family, and my dad for some reason cannot bother to
learn firefox, so he still uses internet explorer. I recently just installed win7, so he had yet to use the computer until
today. I know my system had internet explorer 8 to begin with, because that's what I used to download the setup files for
firefox...but today, when my dad went to use the computer, he said he couldn't find internet explorer 8. Puzzled, I thought
it might just be the new file system of win7 that led to some confusion. But lo and behold, Internet Explorer 8 is nowhere to
be found. It isn't in the start menu, the programs and features menu, and it is also not listed anywhere when I typed in
"internet explorer" in the start menu searchbar. The only remnants of it, as it appears, is in the program files folder,
where it only lists 2 .exe's: "ieinstal.exe", and "ielowutil.exe". I've tried running both of these files normally, and as
the administrator, but nothing happens (I double-click the icons, it seems like the command was registered, but nothing
So my two questions are:
1) how did this even happen? Personally I wouldn't have even noticed it was gone if it weren't for my dad...but I'm curious
as to how IE8 could just "uninstall itself"
2) why aren't the .exe files in the program files>internet explorer folder opening? I know I could probably download IE8
again from microsoft, but this troubles me...
~Any help is appreciated!