Troubleshoot: Internet Explorer opens and closes immediately

When you start Windows Internet Explorer, if you find that it opens, flashes, and then crashes immediately, then your Internet Explorer installation may have become corrupted.

IE opens and closes immediately

In such a case you may want to try one of the following suggestions:

1) Reset Internet Explorer settings.

2) Run Internet Explorer troubleshooters in Windows 7.

By default, Windows 7 has two Internet Explorer troubleshooters on a new installation. These are Internet Explorer Performance and Internet Explorer Safety. To access them, open Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Troubleshooting > All Categories.

Here you can see all the Windows troubleshooters. Ensure that the Get the most up-to-date troubleshooters from the Windows Online Troubleshooting service is checked.

Run Internet Explorer Performance troubleshooter. The troubleshooter will run and fix all identified issues automatically.

To open the Internet Explorer Performance troubleshooter directly use:

%systemroot%\system32\msdt.exe -id IEBrowseWebDiagnostic

To open the Internet Explorer Safety troubleshooter directly use:

%systemroot%\system32\msdt.exe -id IESecurityDiagnostic

More such Direct Commands to open Windows 7 Troubleshooters directly may also interest you.

Read more about the Internet Explorer Performance and Security Troubleshooter from Microsoft.

3) Run System File Checker.

4) Uninstall Internet Explorer from the Control Panel, if you upgraded it and then reinstall it.

Hope something helps!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

One Comment

  1. Josephbrown012

    Thanks for this post,i will try this.

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