[Solved] RunOnce Issue in Internet Explorer 7

When you’ve installed Internet Explorer 7 (IE 7) on a computer and launch it for the first time, it’ll try to access the Internet to Microsoft website for configure IE7. If you have an Internet connection, you simply follow a step-by-step on IE 7 and you’re done. But sometimes the configuration doesn’t success so your home page doesn’t open. Instead, it displays a blank page every time.

You may also receive an error message as below:

Line 56 
Char:2 
Error: Element not found
Code: 0
URL:http://runonce.msn.com/runonce2aspx

IE 7 - RunOnce
Note: Also, this error may occurs when you reset Internet Explorer settings.

Another problem, if you don’t have an Internet connection, for example, a stand alone computer. It’ll try to connect to the Internet every time you open IE 7 even if you configured default home page, it doesn’t work. That’s an annoyance.
IE Can't Display Web Page

Note: This solution changes values in Windows Registry so you should be familiar with it. Otherwise, I’m not recommend you to do by yourself. Modify Windows Registry incorrectly may cause the system damage.

Solution to RunOnce issue on IE 7

To fix the problems above, you have to modify the Windows Registry for each user account that has the problems.

  1. Open Windows Registry. Click Start -> Run -> type regedit and press Enter.
    Registry Editor
  2. Navigate to My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  3. Observe if you already have these values on the right window: RunOnceComplete and RunOnceHasShown. If you have had these values, skip to step 5. Otherwise, go to next step to create the new ones.
    Check if the keys are existed
  4. Right-click on Main (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main) -> New -> String Value -> Type RunOnceComplete on Name -> Press Enter. Also, repeat it on RunOnceHasShown.
    Create Key
  5. Once you have these 2 keys, double-click on each key and assign value to 1 on both keys as the figure below.
    Assign Value on Keys
  6. Open Internet Explorer again and the problem are gone.
    Internet Explorer

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