I am helping my cousin with her machine, and this one has me a bit baffled.
She is running IE8 on a Vista Machine. Whenever a download occurs, whether you choose "Run" for an executable, "Save" for any file, or "Open" for any file, the file completes the download, but it never arrives at its destination. Saved files are never in the destination folder, Opened files never open in their respective programs, and Run executables never start. Searches for the files by name come up with nothing.
I have tested two things. First, files that can be opened within plugins, such as a PDF, open just fine as long as they are opened within IE. If a PDF is downloaded to the HDD with the expectation that it will open upon completion using Adobe as a seperate program, the download finishes, and nothing happens. The file is nowhere to be found.
As a baseline, I wanted to know if another browser would work. I got Chrome onto the machine, and I do not have this issue, but my cousin would rather have IE back. Any suggestions?