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IE8, Firefox, Opera hang maxing cpu; chrome works

by ccx508 / November 12, 2011 9:29 AM PST

When I try to access any site in these browsers the task mgr shows them using over 90% cpu. IE shows "Waiting for ...", FF and Opera don't even show a frame.

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IE8 doesn't like XP
by trainer464 / January 27, 2012 2:40 PM PST

I installed IE8 on my wife's XP computer. She is using OE6. During install, MS warns that IE8 cannot be removed after installation. I guess it can, but it is a real task to do it.
During her use of IE8 and/or OE the computer freezes up. Trying to kill these tasks through Task Manager either doesn't work or takes a long time to shut them down. Logging off and computer shut down also too several minutes each. I did the following:
Removed all shortcuts and references to IE8 in Start lists.
Set IE8 as disabled (no startup).
Installed Chrome.
Performance was so-so and there were hangs and freezing up still at odd moments. I finally caught on that the default browser was still listed as IE8. Using Start/Set Program Access and Defaults, I made Chrome the default browser.
Everything seems find now. To use OE you have to have IE installed (true?). MS says it is "tightly coupled" with IE, meaning, I guess, it used some of the program parts (DLLs, etc.) in the browser. Anyway, I also added 2GB of ram, so the old Dell is running smoothly. The logical step would be to switch my wife over to a different e-mail client (Thunderbird?) but she knows her OE and just getting it switched would be TRAUMA!

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Assuming your Dell is about the same age
by lacsr / January 27, 2012 9:22 PM PST
In reply to: IE8 doesn't like XP

As the original post, then there are possibilities for repair. First try opening a run window and then cmd. The type "scf /scannow" (without the quotes) It may ask for the Windows XP install CD. Your PC may be old enough that you actually had one. If you do not, then one will be needed. It has to be the same version as the OS that is installed. (XP Pro or Home) Since this is a Dell, not as hard to find. You might as well locate one because if this does not work, a "Repair Install" is next step. WinXP Pro is easier to find, for example:

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