Steps for Using RSS Feed in IE ‘Internet Explorer’

RSS Feeds provide a great way of getting the latest news from your preferred sites. A lot of people, obviously, prefer getting latest updates in their feeds. That is why you have an option to automatically refresh the feeds to keep things fresh. In some cases, the RSS Feed might not refresh automatically. There won’t be an error. It just simply won’t refresh after its refresh time. For example, if you have set the automatic refresh time of 15 minutes then the feed should refresh after 15 minutes. But, in this case, the RSS Feed won’t refresh. The feed will refresh if you do it manually. Also note that this problem only happen to Internet Explorer users.

There can be multiple things that can cause this issue. There might be an issue with the task scheduler or the task (feed) might be corrupted. The problem can also be caused by an issue with the feed synchronization. Lastly, a problem with the feed database can also be a reason behind this. So, there are a few things that needs to be checked in order to confirm the real culprit behind this issue. So, start with method 1 and keep going until the problem is solved. Different methods will work depending on the reason that’s causing the issue.

Resetting the Internet Explorer’s settings have worked for a few users as well. Here are the steps for resetting the Internet Explorer

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type inetcpl.cpl and press Enter

  1. Click Advanced tab
  2. Click Reset… This should be in Reset Internet Explorer’s Settings section

  1. Click Reset again to confirm

  1. Click ok and close the windows
  2. Reboot

Now check if the feeds are updating or not.

Method 1: Check Feed Synchronization Issue

This issue can be caused by a synchronization issue with the feed. These type of issues can happen when there is a problem with the feed or the feed is broken. So, follow the steps given below to check whether there is an issue with the feed synchronization or not. Once we find the issue, we will give the steps for solving the synchronization issue.

  1. Press Windows key once
  2. Type command prompt in the Windows Search bar
  3. Right click command prompt from the search results and select Run as administrator

  1. Type schtasks /query | findstr /i “user_feed” and press Enter

Now check if there is an error shown in the results. The errors that you might see are given below

ERROR: The task image is corrupt or has been tampered with.

ERROR: Task cannot be loaded: User_Feed_Synchronization-{.

If you do see an error then that means your task is corrupted. You can easily fix this problem by typing the commands given below

  1. Make sure you are still in the command prompt. If, for some reason, you have closed the command prompt then follow the steps given above to open the command prompt with administrator privileges.
  2. Type msfeedssync disable and press Enter
  3. Type msfeedssync enable and press Enter

Once done, you should be good to go. Your feed synchronization issue should be solved by now.

Method 2: Fix Corrupted RSS Feed Database

If the method 1 didn’t work for you then the problem might be with the feed database. Sometimes the database can get corrupted. It is pretty normal for things and files to get corrupted so it might not be directly related to something you did.

So, follow the steps given below to fix the corruption of RSS Feed Database

  1. The first thing that you need to do is to export all the feeds from the Internet Explorer. So, open Internet Explorer
  2. Press Alt key once
  3. Click File and select Import and export…

  1. Select Export to a file and click Next

  1. Check the option Feeds and click Next

  1. Click Browse and navigate to the location where you want to export the file. Export it to somewhere like Desktop where you can easily access it again since we will have to use these after a few steps.
  2. Once you are done, click Save and then click Export

Now that you have exported the feed, it’s time to delete the database.

Before you follow the steps given below, make sure your hidden folders are showing in the explorer. You might not be able to follow the steps given below if some of the folder are hidden. So, follow these steps to Show the hidden folders

  1. Hold Windows key and press E
  2. Windows 10 and 8, 8.1
    1. While you are in the Windows Explorer, Click View
    2. Check the option Hidden items in Show/Hide section
  3. Windows Vista, XP, 7
    1. Press ALT key (skip this for Windows XP)
    2. Click Tools
    3. Select Folder Options…
    4. Click View tab
    5. Select the option Show hidden files and folders (in Advanced Settings section). Confirm any additional prompts
    6. Click Apply then select Ok

Once done, follow the steps given below

  1. Make sure your Internet Explorer is closed
  2. Hold Windows key and press E
  3. Type C:\Users\Your username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Feeds in the address bar located at the top and press Enter. Note: Replace Your username with your actual username. You can also just simply navigate to this location by going to C drive -> double click Users -> double click “your username folder” -> double click AppData -> double click Local -> double click Microsoft -> double click Feeds. Note: In Windows XP, the location of feeds will be %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Feeds. In Windows Vista, the feeds folder will be %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Feeds. Simply copy paste these addresses in the address bar.
  4. You should be in the folder Feeds now. Hold CTRL key and press A to select all the files in this folder. Press Delete key and confirm any prompts that you might see.

We are done with deleting the feed database. If the problem was caused by any corrupt file in the database then the problem should be resolved by now. Now it’s time to import your feeds back to the Internet Explorer. Follow the steps given below.

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Press Alt key once
  3. Click File and select Import and export…

  1. Select Import from a file and click Next

  1. Check the option Feeds and click Next

  1. Click Browse and navigate to the location where you exported the feeds file. Select the file and click Open
  2. Click Next

Once done, your feeds should work now.


Kevin Arrows

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