IE 8 causes big problems on some PCs

Dennis o'reilly By Dennis O’Reilly

The new version 8 of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser has some features that version 7 doesn’t.

But that’s no guarantee that upgrading to IE 8 will go smoothly on your PC.

The perils of software updates were brought home to computer-repair business owner Bob Millard as he attempted to heal the XP systems of three clients who had recently moved from IE7 to IE 8:

  • “I have a computer repair business. In the last two weeks, I’ve had to fix three XP laptops after the installation of IE 8 made them inoperable. In each case, after the update, the desktop on each of these computers was blank except for the desktop wallpaper.

    “It didn’t matter whether you started the system in normal or safe mode, all desktop items — including the taskbar — were missing. The only way I could get them back was by using one of my bootable utilities that would allow me access to the restore points. On two of these laptops, restoring back a few days corrected the problem.

    “On one of them, even though I got all the desktop functions restored, I didn’t have Internet access or any access to USB devices. I tried to remove IE 7 (IE 8 was gone after the restore) but there was no remove/uninstall option in the Add/Remove Programs window.

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