I am the administrator but cannot access Options in Internst Exporer

Question

In Internet Explorer, when I click on Tools, Internet Options, I get an error message, "This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator."

I AM the system administrator and the only person using the computer. I update and run anti-virus programs (Norton) and Spybot regularly. I am pretty sure that I don't have a virus or Spyware running. I can get to the Internet Options window by opening Help and going to a Help file that has a link from Internet Options (for example, Internet Options, Connections). But, even doing this, I can't change my home page. The home page selection portion is grayed out. So I am stuck with MSN.com. I can put an IE icon on my desktop that will give me a link to a different home page (e.g., Google), but that is not a very elegant or completely satisfactory solution to my problem.

Any ideas on how to repair IE without reinstalling Windows XP?

Answer

This question was answered on June 20, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Usually a re-installation of your internet browser will take care of a problem like this Sometimes programs and/or applications tend to go haywire for no apparent reason What we can do to fix this problem is simply re-install the program so that we have a fresh copy After the re-installation is complete, make sure to reboot your computer for all the new changes to take place Good Luck!!

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Posted by Sarwer of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 20, 2004