I am using Internet Explorer 6 with XP Home. For some reason it has stopped assuming that http:// should be typed into the address bar before www. Consequently, unless I start every URL with http:// it refuses to recognise the URL and doesn't go to the website concerned.
I don't want to use system restore, because I don't actually know when this problem started ( as I usually use Firefox)
Go to Start, Run and type regedit. Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\URL\DefaultPrefix and make sure it is set to http:// Also check the Prefixes sub-keys for correctness.
If it still doesn’t work, go to this registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoComplete and check that Append Completion is yes. Close the registry editor. Click Start, Run and type control inetcpl.cpl (note the space), select Content Tab, click the AutoComplete button and put a checkmark next to Web addresses and OK out.
Make a backup of the registry in Win98 or create a restore point in WinME/XP before making any changes in case you have finger-problems.