If IE Is a

 
 
By Eric Lundquist  |  Posted 2006-10-23 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Problem, Just Wait Until Vista"> I have installed the updated browser on 4 computers so far—all different in power and abilities—and the installs were completely within reason for time and set up. Not one freeze or misdirection. Your computer must be memory substandard.

I accept the Malicious Software Tool as a precautionary measure, mainly, because I get it once a month in normal Windows updates.
No big deal. And, the Validation tool is not an inconvenience for the extra 15 seconds it takes. Most of the better downloaded security software checks for updates post install. Why not IE 7?
One other key point: Unlike Firefox, I can use this browser out of the box on all the Web sites I travel to without submitting a report to Mozilla or sending E mails to Web sites which STILL do not display properly in Firefox. IE7 is a much improved browser and a lot more secure than past versions. I also seem to recall reading that Firefox won the most bugs award a month or so ago. Did you report this? Seems to me that you ought to get IE 7 installed—after you learn the basic restarting protocols, use it, then report on it. Thats the kind of stuff I would be happy to read. Not the usual Mozilla propaganda, but reasonably unbiased reporting.
Click here to read about anti-phishign tools that have been added to IE 7. I like Firefox, too. I have installed and tried the last 2 versions. Its smooth and clean and easy to use. I dont use it, though, because it still does not display a number of sites that I use, including some Ford Motor Corporate sites and even a simple GeoCities site that I use for my personal page. When they get that fixed, I will definitely try it again. See, that wasnt too hard. Its easy to be balanced! Another letter didnt bang on me too hard, but also thought that if IE was a problem, wait until I work with Vista. I read your article on IE 7.0, The Bumpy Road to Internet Explorer 7.0, dated Oct 19, 2006. You told a fairly accurate account of the installation process. While it did seem to take some time to load I had no problems with the upgrade from IE 6.0 and I found IE 7.0 to be very reliable. Perhaps it was Firefox wrestling with the installation of Internet Explorer … or it was your IBM ThinkPad. One of the worst laptops I have ever had to manage—over 100 ThinkPads and all of them had issues at one time or another. Over 1,000 Dell C series laptops had fewer issues than the IBM ThinkPads. I think the real problem is going to be Vista. None of my five computers or two laptops can run Vista Beta unless I update video cards and a dozen or more applications. Microsoft has done it once again … they are probably in bed with hardware and software vendors. The other alternative is to buy a new computer that indicates it is Vista compatible or just wait until the onslaught of agree MS customers drives Gates into submission. And finally, a letter from someone that ran into the same problems and came up with a fix. Again, beware before you start messing in your regedit! Glad it wasnt just me that had a problem. Yes, you had to go into options and turn back on networking (tools, connections, LAN Settings, AutoDetect) as you discovered. But the Run Once was a bigger problem. If you cant get there, it keeps going back again and again every time you start IE. You actually either have to successfully connect or do the following registry edit and create two new keys: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main] "RunOnceComplete"=dword:00000001 "RunOnceHasShown"=dword:00000001 This problem apparently existed in the beta and was documented. I cant believe it didnt get fixed before the general release. There is no excuse for that. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.


 
 
 
 
Since 1996, Eric Lundquist has been Editor in Chief of eWEEK, which includes domestic, international and online editions. As eWEEK's EIC, Lundquist oversees a staff of nearly 40 editors, reporters and Labs analysts covering product, services and companies in the high-technology community. He is a frequent speaker at industry gatherings and user events and sits on numerous advisory boards. Eric writes the popular weekly column, 'Up Front,' and he is a confidant of eWEEK's Spencer F. Katt gossip columnist.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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