RKD Help for Internet Explorer 8

On this page you should be able to sort out any problems or learn tips related to Internet Explorer 8. We have added some links to other pages at the bottom or you can E-mail our help team.

What this page covers.

 Screen shots from Internet Explorer 8.

 Hints and tips.


  Screen shots from Internet Explorer 8.

To help you sort out any problems we have put in some screen shots. All you have to do is match the screens in your Internet Explorer with the ones here.

How to check your Internet settings.

From the Windows desktop:



Then, CATEGORY, LARGE ICONS to get to this:


Click Internet options to get:


First click on the Advanced tab to see:


First click Restore advanced settings, then click Reset:


Click reset again.  Now click Close and close all open screens, you will be back to the desktop screen:


Open Internet Explorer by clicking the blue E next to start.  Or by looking in All Programs for the Internet Explorer icon with the blue E logo.  You will get a screen similar to this:


Click Next to see:


Simply select the options we have put a green dot next to and click next:


We recommend you Choose Custom Settings and click next:   


Where it says "Your current default search provider is...." this is who you will use to search with in the top right box of Internet Explorer.  If this is not who you want it to be choose Show me a webpage after setup to choose more search providers.  If it is who you want it to be just match the screen above and go Next:


Just match the screen and click next:


Again match the screen and go next:


Very important that you turn this on.  Just match the screen and click next:

Just match the screen again and click Finish.  Now close all screens down and click Start, Control Panel:


Click Internet Options: 


Make sure the address under HOME PAGE is HTTP://WWW.RKD.ORG.UK  We recommend you also tick Delete browsing history on exit.  Now click DELETE:


Tick all boxes then click delete.  Once back to the previous screen click on SECURITY then you will see:

Click Reset all zones to Default Level.  Tick Enable Protected Mode.  Now Click Privacy to see:


Click Default and make sure the slider bar says Medium.  Tick all boxes to match the screen above.  Now click Connections:


If the DIAL-UP AND VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK SETTINGS box is blank you may be using Ethernet Broadband.  If you have a USB modem or dialup internet you should see a connection here, if not you need to check your Network connections, click BACK at the top of the screen. If it is not blank it should say the name of your Internet Company. It should also say DEFAULT after it if you have more than one item in the box, if it does not say DEFAULT click on the name (eg FREESERVE) to highlight (turn blue) then click SET DEFAULT. Now make sure there is a dot on ALWAYS DIAL MY DEFAULT CONNECTION.  Click APPLY and OK.  Now Restart your PC and try.

How to reinstall IE8.

From the windows desktop:

 click on Start, then Control panel:

Click Category and then Large icons:

and then Programs and Features:

Click Turn Windows Features on or off to see:

Look for Internet Explorer 8, un-tick it:

Select yes then click ok and follow the screens through and make sure you restart your PC.  Once restarted follow these steps again and tick Internet Explorer, again restart the PC.  Try your internet again.

  Hints and Tips.

If you know you did not alter any settings on your PC many problems go away after restarting your PC.

If you are still having problems after checking your Internet settings try using Internet Explorer (No add-ons).  This is found in Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools.

You need to determine whether you are getting a connection.  If you are not getting a connection look at testing your modem or router setup.

Firewalls can block any program from internet access, check Internet Explorer is allowed.

Many programs conflict with each other so if you get a connection but no internet pages try closing all running programs then use Task manager to close anything you may not be aware about.  To do this hold down CTRL+ALT+DEL, on the blue screen select Start Task Manager then on the box that appears click Processes:

Click Show processes from all users first.  Now ignore items with a blank user name or SYSTEM, LOCAL SERVICE and NETWORK SERVICE.  Also Ignore EXPLORER.EXE and TASKMAN.EXE under Image name.  Close the rest (On the example you would close: ashdisp, dwm, mspaint, pen_tabletus..., reader_sl, sidebar, soundman, speedfan, taskhost ONLY) by selecting the item (like mspaint in the example) then click End Process:


Click End Process and the item disappears.  Repeat the process with other items.  Now close Windows Task Manager and try your Internet again.

On Windows 7 there is a brilliant tool called system restore where you can go back in time.  Try it!  Click Start>All programs>Accessories>system tools>system restore.  You get this:


Click Next:


First tick the Show more restore points box.  On the list, click a date that is before you had problems.  A system check point is a very good restore point.  Click next:


Click Finish and follow this.  It will restart your PC and restore files back to as they were.

Try checking for and installing the latest updates from Windows update.  Make sure you are online and then from the desktop:

Click Start, Control panel:

then click category and large icons:

Click Windows update:

Click Check for updates or it may say 'X' updates are available, click that:

Simply look through the list.  Place ticks next to all Critical or important updates.  Click ok.  They will get installed now.  Restart your PC

Useful shortcut keys:

Back to a previous page - Backspace key

Refresh page - F5

Full screen - F11

Stop loading a page - ESC

Add a page to FAVOURITES so that you donít have to remember the address - Click FAVOURITES then ADD TO FAVORITES.

In IE8 you can lock toolbars. To do so press the ALT key then click view>toolbars> then click lock toolbars.

Got any suggestions or can't sort out the problem from here, first PLEASE check the IE8 related pages below then E-mail: Here giving as much information as possible.


IE8 repair/hangs | Microsoft help site | Search results


Created: 15/03/10, updated frequently. All information on this page (including images) is © RKD Corporation 2000.