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Internet Explorer problem after recovered user profile failure

By Hengest ·
Due to a hardware problem (failing power source) my user profile became damaged.

I installed a new power source - that problem solved.

To recover from the damaged user profile I tried System Restore. That did not work. But I was then successful at creating a new account and then coping my old user profile in its entirety to the new account. All my personal settings and data copied over and worked fine. The issue appeared to be solved except for one odd problem. MS Internet Explorer does not work. I get a ?The page cannot be displayed? error message for all addresses I try.

Note that I copied over my personal settings. I did not adjust any settings for Internet Explorer in the new user profile.

I use both Firefox & Internet Explorer. Firefox works in my new user profile. (Ie there is no problem with my broadband connection). (I use Firefox by preference but need Internet Explorer for such things as the Microsoft Updates site.)

My original user profile being damaged meant that I was being logged into a temporary user profile. In this temporary user profile (accessed by logging onto my old user profile) Internet Explorer did & does still work.

I have tried switching off all firewalls (temporarily!). This does not work.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling Internet Explorer. This does not work. (I have a vague idea or suspicion though that MS does not allow a user to properly uninstall Internet Explorer. I don?t really know about this.)

Note that I have not deleted my original user profile and data. It still exists as a separate account.

Note also - running Internet Explorer, Tools, Diagnose Connection Problems (after trying to open microsoft.com) gives ?
HTTP, HTTPS, FTP connectivity
info FTP (Passive): Successfully connected to ftp.microsoft.com.
error Could not make an HTTP connection.
error Could not make an HTTPS connection.
info Redirecting user to support call
Everything else reports no error.

I?m a bit mystified by this one. Any ideas?

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