Reset Internet Explorer Settings (RIES): IE7 One Click Restore

What happens when you install spurious add-ons, incompatible browser extensions, spyware or malware to your computer – Internet Explorer may become unusable or crash repeatedly. A new feature in Internet Explorer 7 and 7+ lets you perform a one click restore using Reset Internet Explorer Settings (RIES).

IE blog introduces the RIES feature –

Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP and 7+ in Windows Vista have many security enhancements which make Internet Explorer less susceptible to spyware and malware. But still browsing experience in Internet Explorer can get affected by badly written add-ons. This feature allows Internet Explorer to recover from such situations.

After RIES is run, the user will notice default settings of Home Pages, Search Scopes, Browsing History, Form Data, Passwords, Appearance Settings, Toolbars, and ActiveX controls.

To invoke RIES from IE7 and IE7+, go to Tools Menu, Internet Options, Advanced Tab and click on Reset… button. If Internet Explorer is in a state where it cannot be started, one can get to RIES from Internet Options in Control Panel.”

Wondering what is IE 7+? RIES resets all the user customizations from IE7. It disables all toolbars, Browser extensions and Customizations installed by the user and you need to selectively enable them. It clears Temporary Internet Files, Cookies, Browsing History, Form data, passwords and auto-complete data. You need to approve running specific ActiveX controls again. RIES does not clear Favorites and Feeds and does not reset Connection settings. RIES does not affect Group Policy settings. Administrators can reset Internet Explorer settings of all users by running RIES with admin privileges. It reapplies Manufacturer Settings and restores Internet Explorer customizations applied by the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) or via IEAK (Internet Explorer Administrative Kit).

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  1. Ben says:

    ok right i accidentially did this and now i cant get toolbars in my IE7, what should i do

  2. Barry E Skelhorn says:

    ever since I downloaded IE& my burner has run slow. I have had connection problems. I dont like it.
    I have been here before like so many others with bad experiences with Messenger live. Ouch. If they dont work – dont put them out. We want to trust you guys, but can we?

  3. mish says:

    My mum added mozilla fire fox to her pc and now ie7 doesnt seem to run, keeps saying no add ons even though i’ve turned them all, not sure what to do.

  4. Aamir Afridi says:

    I am so sick of ie7 problem. it restores it self anytime it want. Didnt found any thing anywhere on google.

  5. rjones says:

    Just did the whole rest thing on my own before I found this article and restarted my computer and everything wsa back to normal until the next day when I tried again and it was back to crappy. What’s going on here?
    No images appear on any web pages just text.

  6. Gerry says:

    I did the reset and nothing happened…still can’t get onto any pages from IE…can’t even get to my homepage.

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