then uninstalled all the way back to six (on an Inspiron 1720-xp MCE) cleaned up updates, patches, etc, then reinstalled skipping Seven. It was ok for weeks and has now started to do it again. I read about the hosts affecting it, so I renamed the hosts file and have tried that for a few days with no significant improvement. I also have an aged NCS laptop that eight runs fine on, never a hiccup, just slick and quick. I'm about to kick IE8 to the curb for good as the last three days when I click the 'Back' button I might as well have hit my thumb with a hammer. Occasionally IE8 will go back with one click, usually it takes three after waiting to see the first did nothing at all. Sometimes it just closes. I'm going to try the uninstall back to six again, one more time, then "Bye, Bye" Eight! If you can, try going back all the way to six like I did then repair / update it then install eight again.
Does anyone else seem to have a problem with IE8 openning new tabs extremely slowly. And is there anything I can do to correct this issue??