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Internet Explorer 7

November 6th, 2006 · 25 Comments

IE7 is now out in the mainstream. I know this because every time I boot up the ol’ PC I get told that Windows has an update to install. It’s Internet Explorer 7.

I’m scared. I don’t want to install it. I’ve read horror stories about IE7. I’m resisting installing it but for how long? At some point I’ll need to install it just so I can test new sites on what is going to be the default browser for 90% of users but what if it breaks my puter? What if it eats my head?

Has anyone installed it and got some feedback?

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25 responses so far ↓

  • RichF // Nov 6, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    I was the same and I blogged exactly the same about 10 days ago, not only about IE7 but about Firefox 2.0 as I was used to 1.5! I was forced to upgrade to IE7 at work and it has been fine though, and having upgraded to Firefox 2.0 also at work I found myself doing both at home!

    Do it, you know all your viewers will be using it soon! One technical bod at work managed to have IE7 running standalone as well as IE6, so that might be the other option and i’m sure there’s some info around on doing that!

  • Will // Nov 6, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    I’ve been using IE 7 for a while now and I’ve had no problems with it.

  • Mike // Nov 6, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    Hi guys,

    Thanks for the input and your experiences. I’d be very interested to hear more about running both IE6 and IE7 on the same machine.

    I must confess that I haven’t installed Firefox yet 😳

    Guess I might as well do that at the same time after I’ve made sure that everything is set up for a system restore…


  • Darryel // Nov 6, 2006 at 9:10 pm

    I am going crazy. I installed IE7 and a gazillion problems occurred. The biggest is that I cannot use IE& to go ANYWHERE. I can sign on to AOL (here now) but not to my high speed ISP. I uninstalled it yesterday and it did not help much. I reinstalled it today and YAAAAAAA! How do I run IE6 and IE7 on the same machine? This MIGHT help me. I have been to every help sight I can find.

  • Darryel // Nov 6, 2006 at 9:13 pm

    Yeah, I did submit it twice. This is my first visit here. I do not see it posted. How long does it take?

  • Mike // Nov 6, 2006 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Darryel,

    Posting is normally instant on here unless you’ve hit Spam Karma which you didn’t. I’m guessing IE didn’t refresh the page.

    Yeah I’m interested in the dual install too. Hopefully Rich or someone might be able to give us an idea on that one.


  • Bisbeejim // Nov 7, 2006 at 1:13 am

    It’s got my computer all screwed up! It will bug it and uninstalling WILL NOT take out the bug!

    IT’S BAD!

  • Mike // Nov 7, 2006 at 9:58 am

    Yikes 😯

    What has actually happened,Bisbeejim? How has it screwed up your computer?

  • RichF // Nov 7, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    Having said what I did yesterday I have just tried installing it on my laptop to a myriad of problems. Didnt seem to be showing correctly – so tried a couple of times and uninstalled, but windows now takes an age when now loading up. Don’t think its a problem anywhere else in my system… Strange when it worked so easily and perfectly on the home comp and work comp.

    As to standalone stuff – i googled and found the following

  • RichF // Nov 7, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    Hmm, the link didn’t seem to show – if you can see this then good, otherwise google “Running Standalone IE7″.

  • Mike // Nov 8, 2006 at 11:28 am

    Hi Rich,

    Thanks for the link. Dunno why it didn’t display…very odd.

    Here it is:

    I may well give that a whirl.

    I know that I shouldn’t be surprised that Microsoft have released a product which doesn’t work but..well..y’know..Aaargh!

  • Blog Bloke // Nov 10, 2006 at 6:21 am

    Resist the Dark Side!

    Never, ever, ever, never, ever use any Microsoft product that has a version number of .0

    Did I mention never?

    Just use the Maxthon Browser instead. You will be very happy that you did.

    …Darth Helmet

  • Mike // Nov 10, 2006 at 11:12 am

    Thank you, Darth. Whilst I would normally agree with you regarding version .0, the problem this young(ish) padawan has is that he wants to see how some of his older sites look in IE7.

    Many younglings who are not so wise will be..ahem..Forced to download it through the MS Auto Updates.

    I’ve just had a look at Google Analytics for this site and nobody is using IE7 but around 5% of users on some of my other sites which are not aimed at a tech savvy audience have gone to the Dark Side.

  • Gill // Mar 2, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    I Installed IE7 3 weeks ago and now I cant do a bloody thing, I am so frustrated and not being very PC literate I do not know what to do, I want to uninstall but am worried about the problems I might get if it doesn’t uninstall correctly, PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!
    Someone PLEASE HELP>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Any info will help as I am fed up with living and sleeping with this problem everyday, my night time (when I should be sound asleep) is spent writing to Agony Aunts. The doctor prescribed Prozac but they are not helping
    yours hopefully, Gill

  • Mike // Mar 3, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Gill,

    Your best option, in my opinion, is to install Firefox (a handy link is in the menu to your right) so that you can continue using the Internet whilst you fix IE7. You can import all of your Favorites into Firefox so you won’t lost any of your most visited sites.

    Once you’ve installed Firefox, have a look at this 5 Step Guide To Uninstalling IE7. This should help you with the process.

    Remember, nothing is going to screw up your computer by uninstalling IE7. Quite the opposite, in fact!


  • Bill // Aug 29, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Installed IE7 last week and have had nothing but trouble. Tried all sorts of suggested ways of curing the multitude of problems but got no where. If your lucky to sort one problem out then there is another one waiting to be tackled. My final method of ending the trouble was to uninstall IE7. This is now almost September 2007 and we are still having problems with it . Microsoft don`t seem to be over enthusiastic in curing the problems assosciated with this rubbish piece of software. Why then have they listed it on their updates when it`s no better than a virus?

  • Mike // Aug 29, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    Good question, Bill. I’m assuming you’re not Mr Gates, by the way 😉

    I had to move to IE7 as part of the problems I had when my computer died last month and it works OK on Vista. Mind you, I rarely use it as I’m very much a Firefox user but it hasn’t fallen over yet.

    What O/S are you using?

  • Bill // Aug 30, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Mike, No relation to Mr Gates – how did you guess? Anyway I’m using XP Home.

  • Mike // Aug 30, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    I think that’s where the problem lies. Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, designed IE7 for use on Vista and didn’t test it properly on any of their other operating systems. Now maybe this was a deliberate thing on their part to accelerate the take up of Vista, I don’t know.

    Have you given Firefox a whirl? I was unsure about switching having used IE since version 3.something but found I wouldn’t dream of going back to being a regular IE user now.

  • Bill // Aug 30, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    I`ve been considering Firefox for a while. Your not the only one I`ve heard who seems to have more faith in it than IE. I take it that there will be no problem in running it on XP?

  • Mike // Sep 3, 2007 at 11:52 am

    No problems running it on XP. Up until recently that’s what I was doing and only moved to Vista because I had to get a new machine.

  • Bill // Sep 3, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Ok, cheers I’ll give it a go.

  • firefox vista // Feb 27, 2008 at 6:19 am

    i still want the firefox. but you can still use the IE7 for backup. =)

  • Ashish // Sep 22, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Firefox is the best, Internet Explorer has not much of a future with Chrome too entering the scene.

    I think the best option for Microsoft now would be to completely revamp their browser.


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