Lately, Internet Explorer 7 feed synchronization has stopped working in my Windows Vista computer. The Refresh All command from the Feeds explorer dialog in Internet Explorer did nothing. And manually refreshing the feeds using the
msfeedssync.exe forcesync command-line did not help either. Using Process Explorer, I could see the msfeedssync.exe process running for a second and terminating.
In my case, the problem was not with the feed synchronization task or the Task Scheduler, but a corrupted Feed store database (FeedsStore.feedsdb-ms). I exported the Feeds to a .OPML file using Internet Explorer’s Import and Export Wizard, deleted the Feeds database (and subscribed feeds) and then re-imported the Feeds. That fixed the problem!
Step 1 – Export RSS feeds in Internet Explorer
Step 2 – Reset the Feeds store
Use these steps to reset the Feeds database:
- You must close all instances of Internet Explorer first.
- Then, open the following folder:
The above folder contains the list of Feeds that you subscribed to, using Internet Explorer.
- Delete all files in that folder.
Step 3 – Re-import the RSS feeds using the .opml file you created in Step 1.
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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.