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    IE7 Upgrade : Yes or No? (Windows XP SP2)

    I would appreciate some Loungers' recommendations on whether or not to upgrade to IE7. I've been reading through some of the IE7 posts in this forum and see loads of problems. IE6 seems to be working fine for me so I wondered if it's better just to stay with it until more bugs have been worked out.

    Any suggestions gratefully accepted!

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    Re: IE7 Upgrade : Yes or No? (Windows XP SP2)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by DaveA on 24-Jan-07 12:46. Added note about HP products.)</P>I have been using IE7 since Beta 2 and have NOT had any problems.
    That said, before installing IE7, remove all IE addins, i.e. search toolbars and etc. Then after installing IE 7 ,go to the source of these toolbars and other addins, get the latest version and all should be well.

    Also. If you have HP Director, installed on your machine, make sure that it is up to date, as there is a problem with it, if it is not the latest version. This comes with a lot of the HP Scanners and most of the 3-in-1 or 4-in-1 printers from HP.

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

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    Re: IE7 Upgrade : Yes or No? (Windows XP SP2)

    I switched to IE7 three weeks ago (when the Dutch language version was officially released) and I haven't had any problems either.

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    Re: IE7 Upgrade : Yes or No? (Windows XP SP2)

    I'm with you on this one. I don't have any issues with IE6 and figure, if it ain't broke....

    My intention is to wait until late spring or early summer to upgrade. That said, it is easy enough to rollback to IE6 by removing IE7 via Add/Remove Programs (unless, of course, you follow Dave's sound advice and remove all the add-ins and toolbars before you upgrade).
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    Re: IE7 Upgrade : Yes or No? (Windows XP SP2)

    I'd say go ahead. Be aware of DaveA's suggestions. I've also been running IE7 since beta 2. At home I have no problems. At work I have a couple of issues but that PC may not representative as I develop, install and test software on it. Note that you may run into a few sites that won't work under IE7.

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    Re: IE7 Upgrade : Yes or No? (Windows XP SP2)

    My step-mama had a problem with Norton Internet Security Suite (or whatever it is called) and had to revert back to IE6. I haven't had a chance to dig deeper but I'll see if I can find out what the final outcome was.

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    Re: IE7 Upgrade : Yes or No? (Windows XP SP2)

    Wow! Thanks. As always. a veritable cornucopia of helpful advice! I do have Norton System Works and am not quite sure how to remove the IE add ins Dave mentioned. so think I better wait another 2 or 3 months. We have relocated recently and use this laptop computer for our business and would be in trouble if there were any problems. Once we are better settled, we will set up our PC as well so there will be some back up. That would likely be a "safer" time for a non-techie to install the new IE7.

    Really appreciate all of your input. Will check back in to see what Leif finds out about his step mama's Norton issue.

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    Re: IE7 Upgrade : Yes or No? (Windows XP SP2)

    At some point it will be almost compulsory to install IE7, probably because support for IE6 in the way of security fixes will fade away.

    Rather than relying exclusively on IE, why not investigate a second browser, like Firefox or Opera? Undoubtedly you'll still need to have IE for Microsoft/Windows Update and anything that requires ActiveX. But having another string to your bow stops you putting all your eggs in one basket (to mix metaphors merrily!).

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    Re: IE7 Upgrade : Yes or No? (Windows XP SP2)

    Thanks, Dave and John, for the advice and Add-ins location. I do have Firefox installed, but have been hesitant to make it my primary browser (fears of messing up again). Maybe I should take the plunge, make Firefox the primary and relegate IE to secondary, primarily for automatic patches. Guess this also means upgrading to IE7, once I'm confident Firefox is working fine so there is a reliable back up. Does this make sense? If so, can you recommend a site where I can obtain information on making the switch without messing up! Or do I just follow the suggestions on Mozilla's site?

    Again, really appreciate your sound and techno-babble free advice.

    Linda

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    Re: IE7 Upgrade : Yes or No? (Windows XP SP2)

    Most of the addins can be uninstalled using "Control Panel, Add and Remove Programs".

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

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    Re: IE7 Upgrade : Yes or No? (Windows XP SP2)

    If you move from IE6 to IE7, you are likely to encounter the following two MAJOR problems which, if you are a small / medium business, could prove a diastrous drag on productivity:

    1. If you use OE6 for emails, you will be unable to print out copies of emails with picture attachments, unless you use a number of (slowing up) workarounds. You will find headers are lost (often essential as legal proof in a business) & message text is printed in miniscule font at top left.

    2. If you are involved in a lot of internet research (eg companies, etc), you will not be able to print off various web pages as they come up - again without time consuming workarounds.

    It would seem from the immense amount of coverage these issues are getting all over the web, that Redmond is aware of these MAJOR PRINTING PROBLEMS, & are working on a fix - the question is WHEN IS IT COMING?

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    Re: IE7 Upgrade : Yes or No? (Windows XP SP2)

    Thank you, new lounger! These would be major headaches for our very small business in which I am the only "tech person" - and I am not very technically proficient when things don't go as they should. Printing emails and Web pages is key for us.

    Linda

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