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How to use Reset Internet Explorer Settings (RIES)

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Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP and Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista have many security improvements that make Internet Explorer 7 less susceptible to spyware and to malware. However, badly written add-ins, even though they might not be spyware or malware, can affect the browsing experience in Internet Explorer 7. We have included a new feature in Internet Explorer 7 named Reset Internet Explorer Settings. This feature returns Internet Explorer 7 to its basic state, without any add-ins or other browser extensions.

If you have an add-in that is causing problems or if some of your Internet Explorer 7 settings are changed without your knowledge and you cannot start Internet Explorer 7, the Reset Internet Explorer Settings feature lets you recover from those situations quickly and easily. When you have started Internet Explorer 7, you can isolate the problem add-in or find the incorrect setting and resolve the issue.

This article describes how to use the Reset Internet Explorer Settings feature. It also provides a detailed description of what the feature does, provides information about the feature for network administrators, and provides information about the feature for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and users who brand and distribute Internet Explorer 7.

The Reset Internet Explorer Settings feature restores the following items to their default settings:
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