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Do I have to have IE7 to get IE8

by steve l / August 21, 2009 10:14 PM PDT

Hi All
although I use Firefox most of the time I do use IE as well and wanted to upgrade to IE8 I only have IE6 installed at the moment the problem is when I install IE8 it is so slow to start and slow to use is this because I do not have IE7 installed or is this normal for IE8 I never have trouble with Firefox.

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No you don't, and
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 21, 2009 11:08 PM PDT

no that slow performance is not caused by missing out IE7. It must be other issues.

I would start by looking at the installed add-ons in IE, such as BHO's, (Browser Helper Objects), ActiveX, 3rd party toolbars, (Google, Yahoo, etc), and other plugins. Disabling them all, testing, then adding them back in onr at a time and testing again would be what I would try.

I would also scan for malware.


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by steve l / August 21, 2009 11:24 PM PDT
In reply to: No you don't, and

Thanks for replying mark can I just say that IE6 works fine with all add ons its just when I install IE8.

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Well, that often happens.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 21, 2009 11:56 PM PDT
In reply to: Mark

All I can say is that IE8 works fine for me, but then I have very few add-ons.

If you're happy to stay with IE6 then that's fine, especially since you rarely use IE. Otherwise those steps seem to be the ones to try.


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Me too
by The ancient one / August 24, 2009 10:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Mark

Installed IE8 and it wouldn't work at all. As soon as I clicked on the ie icon my computer would freeze up and I would have to reboot. It didn't effect my other browsers. I did a system restore back to IE6 and everything is working okay. Although, I did run into the problem of having a website not accept IE6 and as time goes along, I am sure that more and more websites will want a newer version of IE and I will be forced to upgrade or use a different browser. My bank now accepts Google Chrome.

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