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More Internet Explorer 7 troubles

November 28th, 2006 · 9 Comments

I’m guessing that Bill Gates probably isn’t a regular reader of Twenty Steps. He probably has more important things to do like making more money. However he might be interested to read this article so if any of Bills minions are out there, give the fella a shout.

I’ve been looking at my Google Analytics stats and see what the referring keywords have been over the last few weeks and Microsofts latest bug ridden software, Internet Explorer 7, comes out top by a long way.

Over the last 3 weeks (7 Nov-27 Nov) 44% of all search engine traffic to Twenty Steps has included the phrases “Internet Explorer”, “Explorer 7″ or “IE7″. Nothing unusual there, I guess, since I’ve written 3 posts about IE7 over that time. What is interesting, though, is the fact that 28% of all visitors also include the word “troubleshooting”. When I look at the search phrase trouble shooting ie7 in Google I see that there are 799,000 results returned.

In fact when I look at all of the IE7 related search phrases, almost all of them are looking for solutions to problems caused by IE7. Here are some of the actual search phrases people have used.

How can I uninstall IE7?
Install Internet Explorer 7 bad idea
Internet Explorer 7 screwed up my computer
IE7 screwed up internet connection
Internet Explorer bugs November 2006
Explorer 7 and system restore
Don’t upgrade to Internet Explorer 7
What happened to my bookmarks after loading Explorer 7
Explorer 7 will not boot

I think it’s pretty clear that Uncle Bill needs to do some serious fire fighting. By forcing users to install IE7 through the auto updates procedure, he has pissed off a heck of a lot of people. 67% of his customers if my Analytics data is anything to go by.

So what can people do? Well if you haven’t already installed IE7 – DON’T! Wait for the next release. If you have then take a look at the excellent Internet Explorer 7 Knowledge Base put together by Sandi Hardmeier. It also includes something that I think a lot of people will benefit from – a guide to uninstalling IE7.

Once you’ve unistalled Internet Explorer, either go back to using your old version of IE6 or install Firefox.

Incidentally, to the person who typed “do I have BO?” into Google can I suggest that Twenty Steps probably won’t be able to help you there…

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9 responses so far ↓

  • Anonymous // Nov 29, 2006 at 12:37 am

    Guest what I thought I ‘m the only one who got the IE 7 problem

  • Mike // Nov 30, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    Rest assured, Anonymous one, that there are plenty of people having major problems since installing IE7.

  • Anonymous // Dec 7, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    Fresh install of XP and this week IE7….. all kinks of problems… systems hangs and ie7 blacks out….why ?

  • Mike // Dec 8, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    Simple answer – IE7. There is a guide to uninstalling IE7 at the IE Vista site. XP comes with IE6 as default so I’d be tempted to reinstall the old browser or run with Firefox.

  • Claude // Dec 8, 2006 at 11:21 pm

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    Well I fix computers on a daily basis and have tried most browsers. I tried
    Ie7 beta and had to remove it. Much to buggy. This week I tried IE7 final.
    What a piece of cr*p!  You guys are correct, Bill Gates shoud be shot
    for letting a program like this out to the public. It gave me all kinds of
    problems. Frozen sceen. It would error out and close. Crash when I tried to
    download drivers from Asus (10 times)…..  NO GOOD… Stay away from it.

  • Larry // Dec 26, 2006 at 5:33 pm

    I have to use Google to find my home page.

  • dentist // Jul 26, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Yes i have also problems with IE7, it shuts down unexpectedly anytime.
    And IE7 encountered a problem(i recive this window msg always) when i am shutting down IE7.
    I will back to IE6.
    Microsoft – what is going on?

  • Mike // Jul 27, 2007 at 12:44 am

    You know the answer I’m going to give….



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