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    Any reason to upgrade -- or not (IE 5.5, SP2)

    I running Windows 2000 and want to know if I there are compelling arguments for or against upgrading to 6.0.

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    Re: Any reason to upgrade -- or not (IE 5.5, SP2)

    What's New For End Users
    If you already use Internet Explorer, we highly encourage you to download the latest version, if for no other reason than to guarantee you are protected by the latest security improvements. If you are not an Internet Explorer user, we would like the opportunity to welcome you to the family of users by encouraging you to try this version of the software for a couple of weeks. In the unlikely case that you are not satisfied, you will be able to uninstall this version.

    The new features in this release simplify the browsing experience and enable even novice users to take advantage of the functionality and power of Microsoft

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    Re: Any reason to upgrade -- or not (IE 5.5, SP2)

    Thanks, but I think what I was looking for was along the lines of critical reviews not a sales pitch. I seem to recall seeing something in one of Woody's newsletters about problems with IE 6, but I they all kind of run together after awhile, especially when talking about Microsoft products, releases, service packs, upgrades and Windows and/or Office.

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    Re: Any reason to upgrade -- or not (IE 5.5, SP2)

    I did not see that as a sales pitch -- instead it is a list of the reasons WHY you might want to upgrade. If none of those are of interest you, then I don't see any advantage to upgrading.

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    Re: Any reason to upgrade -- or not (IE 5.5, SP2)

    Looking back at my original request, the article you referenced did answer half of my query. It does indeed describe good reasons to make the switch. Of equal importance to me are the negatives, which most messages from vendors neglect to point out, or at least downplay. I thank you for pointing me to a good review of the benefits of moving to IE 6.

    Now what I'm looking for is information on the downside. By way of illustration, Woody pointed out last year that upgrading to one of Microsofts fixes, service packs, service relases, or whatever for MS Office had a negative consequence. The fix, designed to prevent viruses from spreading via email, also prohibitied the users ability to open certain legitimate attachments. There was no way to get around it at the time, and no way to back out of it short of blowing off Office, starting from scratch, and not installing the patch. (Note: I probably don't have this exactly right, but it's how I remember it and I did not install the patch based on Woody's comments.) It's this sort of thing that I want to prevent. I'm looking to the users of the Lounge to point out negative consequences that they might be aware of. I tried looking through Woody's newsletter archives without much success.

    Please don't get me wrong. I do appreciate you pointing me to the informative article but before I jump in, I just want to know if there's a downside.

    Thanks again,

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    Re: Any reason to upgrade -- or not (IE 5.5, SP2)

    Actually, you asked for 'compelling' reasons for/against IE6 in Windows 2000. Rick has provided you with the former; there aren't any a priori reasons against the move.
    Stop agonizing and just do it. If you don't like what you get, use the (optional) roll-back feature to restore your original. Now, had you been considering using IE6 over Win 98, the answer would have been somewhat different.

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    Re: Any reason to upgrade -- or not (IE 5.5, SP2)

    <hr>Now, had you been considering using IE6 over Win 98, the answer would have been somewhat different.<hr>
    Hi Mel:
    What problems have you found with IE6 in Win98 (actually Win98SE)? (I could end up with buyers/upgraders remorse) <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Any reason to upgrade -- or not (IE 5.5, SP2)

    Personally : none - I don't use IE6 with 98.
    From users : numerous.
    It appears there are some systems using this platform where IE6 will just not rest easy. It may be a number of particular soft/hard -ware configurations - the underlying reason would need careful analysis and probably the physical presence of the system itself. However, even in practice it's a wonder it works at all. The code-base for 98 (DoS) and IE6 (NT) are radically different, and it's hardly surprising that the kludge resulting when IE6 is installed on 9x platforms sometimes will not operate correctly.
    This is not just a gut-feeling - it happens. Quite why, I don't know. All I can advise is that if you do decide to try it, utilize the roll-back feature and don't do it in mission critical situations. You may, of course, be lucky and find it works off the shelf, but I would also add that some of the signs don't arise straight away.
    May good fortune attend your every key-press.

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    Re: Any reason to upgrade -- or not (IE 5.5, SP2)

    Thanks, Mel. Of course, I already upgraded to IE6 about 6 months ago. It is listed in Add/Remove to restore the previous configuration, so I'll keep that in mind. The only problem that I've experienced (that I'm aware of) is that after I rebuild & optimize my registry, I have trouble downloading images on a page (e.g. WOPR Lounge has blank spots where the images go). After awhile, it corrects itself. Hmmm.

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    Re: Any reason to upgrade -- or not (IE 5.5, SP2)

    I misread the question <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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