Did you try it with no add ins?
Did you turn off Flash Hardware Acceleration?
And why use this? Try Firefox and Chrome.
I have a dell machine with XP and running internet explorer 8 which has been causing me problems for a while because it will only launch from control panel > system > Automatic updates > without crashing. Recently however on accessing certain websites like hotmail after trying to load, IE8 crashes with a message "internet explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience" and crashes. I have reset my IE setting, reinstalled it and tried various anti virus and clean up tools but nothing has picked up why IE keeps crashing. The only other alternative browser I have is AOL 9 but that won't launch. It starts up and then disappears. When my IE8 browser does work on most websites everything is very slow in loading the page. Last night I got a prompt to update my Adobe but it would not update. Perhaps Adobe is causing these problems. I cannot figure out how to fix this. Any suggestions? thanks