Ie 8 slow and no new tabs

March 19, 2009 at 19:07:48
Specs: Vista Home Premium Sp1, Amd/3Gb

I downloaded Internet Explorer 8 today and it was not beta or Rc version, but the real one.
However i seem to have a very big trouble with it.
After installation it takes forever to open the browser from desktop.
When i click the icon it takes about 15-20 seconds before it opens and if i open a new blank tab it takes at least the same amount of seconds, sometimes even more ?
And that is not all.
In the previous version of internet explorer (7) i had a function that when i right clicked on any link i got to choose to open the link in a new tab instead of new window.
In internet explorer 8 the option to choose to open the link in a new tab is gone ?
The only option is to open in new window ?
I checked the tab settings and even if i force it to open all pages in new tab it doesn't do that.
It still opens all the pages in the same tab (not new) or new window ?

Does anybody know how to fix it ?

I want to use internet explorer 8, but as it takes about 1 minute to open the browser and open a new tab i have no other option than to uninstall it and use ie 7.

Ps: I'm very sorry, but my English is not very good so i hope you understand me !

I'm using Windows Vista Home Premium and Ati Radeon 1650 3d card

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March 20, 2009 at 02:31:46

Absolutely, there is something wrong with your installation.

Can you uninstall and reinstall IE8 ?



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March 20, 2009 at 08:47:09

I'm running into similar trouble with the most recent edition of Internet Explorer 8.0.6 running on Windows Vista SP1. It takes quite a fair time loading the browser (unless the browser is already open where it'll load a new window immediately). Tabs are absolutely atrocious, and can take up to 20 seconds to load at times (freezing all other tabs at the same time). And despite disabling add-ons, it doesn't make any difference on the poor browser performance.

Although I don't get the previous poster's right-click problem, I find that (mouse) scrolling in IE8 is annoyingly buggy; when I try to scroll down it keeps returning me to the top of the page.

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March 20, 2009 at 09:53:04

Hi, and thx for your replies.
I tried uninstalling and reinstalling it several times, and i tried to install it as administrator too, but it don't work.
I tried to run it without add-ons too, but the same problem is still there.
When i roll back to ie 7 it works great again.

I read on the internet that this problem was a known bug in Rc 1 and other betas, but they all said it was fixed in the final release.
I have not installed any of the earlier betas or rc1, the only version i have tried is the final release yesterday.

The right click problem i have is with hyperlinks.

When i right click on my mouse on a hyperlink in internet explorer 7 i get the option to open hyperlink in new tab or open it in a new window.
On internet explorer 8 the only option i'm getting is to open the hyperlink in new window.
The option to open the hyperlink in a new tab is not there.
Even when i force the settings to open all pages in new tabs it opens the hyperlinks in new window only.

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March 20, 2009 at 10:09:48

I don't have IE8 but am curious to what happens if you click on the scrollwheel while on a link. Does it open in a new Tab or new Window?


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March 20, 2009 at 10:24:16

None, it opens the hyperlink in the same window/tab.

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March 20, 2009 at 10:36:47

I have none of the problems with IE8 Final.

Previously I had IE8 Beta2. I installed IE8 RC1 on top of Beta2. Now I installed IE8 Final over RC1.

But my Vista Home is different from yours. I have SP2 RC on my system. This may make the differnce.



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March 20, 2009 at 11:03:05

I also had none of the problems reported in this thread. I installed IE8 on three computers running XP SP3, Vista SP1 and Win7 RC respectively. Prior to installation I closed all running applications. I rebooted the PC when prompted to do so. Did you do all that?


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March 20, 2009 at 12:03:59

Yes, i rebooted the pc on all 5 installations.
After 5 tries i am now using ie 7, until any ideas on how to solve it comes out.

I am looking forward to vista sp2 as i think that could make i difference too, but we have to wait and see.

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March 20, 2009 at 12:36:25

I had the same issue as HELLFIRE. I installed IE8 on my Vista Ultimate X64 PC. IE8 was very slow to open. I have since uninstalled and reverted back to IE7. I operate this PC with all accounts as standard permission for security purposes. After doing some research it appears the slow IE8 issue may be related to use on standard permission accounts. There are some stating this issue on various forums.

Hellfire, does the account you use on your Vista Home Premium PC have standard or administrative rights?

I also installed IE8 on my work PC which is XP Pro w/ local administrator rights and it performs great!

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March 21, 2009 at 04:51:09

I'm using my Vista with administrative rights.
I'm using 1 account only and that's my main account.

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March 21, 2009 at 18:27:06

A nice sum of websites are having trouble with IE8. I ran into a few websites alone that aren't compatible with IE8 forcing IE8 to shutdown itself, even in compatibilty mode. Personally i'd stay away from IE8 until more sites become compatible with it. In the mean time i'd stick with alternitive browsers or IE7.

Iron Sharpens Iron.

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March 24, 2009 at 10:59:25

This fix sped up Internet Explorer 8 significantly for me:


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March 24, 2009 at 12:03:11

The "stable" release of IE8 is full of bugs and I'm fed up with Microsoft and all its crappy products!

I am testing IE8 the last 3 days extensivelly, I am a web developer, and I found numerous issues! Nevertheless, IE8 is a major improvement compared to former IE.

The most ridiculous thing I am facing right now is this:
Opening a new window of IE, or a new tab, and trying to navigate to any site brings the "Connecting.." message and that's it! Even the IE home page won't open!
However, navigating in any -already working- window/tab works fine! Pop-up blocker is off, and I have NO restricted sites!

pffff... disgust!

I am sure that I will come up with a solution if I start searching again, and digging, and after trial and error, and uninstalling/reinstalling, and, and, and, I will make it work.

Wow, what a user-experience! Loosing countless hours to make a product work as it should in the first place!

Microsoft please show some mercy... go kill yourself!

Or at least leave the browsing applications to folks who know what they are doing, like Mozilla for example.

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March 24, 2009 at 19:52:36

I'm having a similar experience.

My home page is

IE 8 comes up with a blank screen and says "Connecting" for
about 30 seconds before displaying it.

Can't believe it.

Firefox comes up instantly, as did IE 7.

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March 25, 2009 at 02:54:24

Some programs (Spyware Blaster etc) add lots of items to IE restricted sites list.
Removing these items fixes the slowness in IE8.

Search for DelDomains.inf It will automate the process ofremoving the restricted sites.

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March 25, 2009 at 09:24:27

actually response 12 was a bad suggestion. It deletes all the restricted files in your security. I would advise not using it.

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March 26, 2009 at 10:06:41

>actually response 12 was a bad suggestion. It deletes all the restricted files in your security. I would advise not using it.

I agree !
Deleting them will make the browsing less safe.
On Internet Explorer 7 it works with all items added, so why does it have to be removed in version 8 ?
I didn't think that microsoft would go back in time making their software less secure :-))

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March 29, 2009 at 08:41:21

>actually response 12 was a bad suggestion. It deletes all the restricted files in your security. I would advise not using it.

Well you're compromising as much security as if you downgraded back to IE7, since IE7 (and lower) was rated one of the worst browsers for security available on the web. It's amazing it took until the 8th version to finally implement stuff that Microsoft's rivals have been using for ages, yet they can't even do it right. I'm pretty disappointed they didn't bother to correct any of its flaws before officially releasing it.

Anyhow, I also have Spybot Search & Destroy installed on my computer; its immunization feature greatly expands the website security list. Seeing as how IE8 can't handle large lists for whatever reason, I used the 'undo' feature, and it greatly reduced the time it took to load the browser and tabs. Though still slow in comparison to Firefox (I assume because MS has their own list), it's a huge improvement time-wise : rather than taking 30 seconds to load a tab, it now takes roughly 3.

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March 29, 2009 at 09:18:09

I removed the restricted sites list too, and the browser was much faster however, what is considered most safe ?

Internet explorer 7 with spybot search and destroy resrticted site list added or internet explorer 8 without restricted site list ?

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March 29, 2009 at 09:26:40


i dont know if this 'fix' works but heres a

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March 30, 2009 at 05:44:42

I'm going to have to agree with other posters on here. IE8 is garbage for the most part. It's clunky, it crashes a lot more often then IE7 ever did and a nice sum of sites aren't compatible with it. This is def a step in the wrong direction for Microsoft to win over any people using alternate browsers as their main browser. If anything more users will prob end up switching to alternate browsers after they use IE8. At this point the final IE8 release still feels like a BETA.

I'm normally not this critical about Microsoft products unless there is something really wrong with them and there is something most def wrong with IE8. I sure hope they get all these problems fixed before the realese of Windows 7, because this is def not acceptable to have this many problems.

Iron Sharpens Iron.

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April 29, 2009 at 01:30:23

if you remove immunize in SpyBot then IE8 starts working fast like hell and so smoothly.

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April 29, 2009 at 16:01:18

Like others in this thread, I also had most of those problems with IE8, regular websites not opening, locking up not displaying correctly and more.
After about 3 days I went back to IE7.
Using IE8 in Windows 7 works fine, only one site I use that doesn't display correctly.
On Cnet forums the first 5-6 itmes display fine and the rest has the subject colum moved to the centre of screen, with the remainder squezed together, forcing time/date & replies columns to use multiple lines.

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May 7, 2009 at 14:36:26

I found this page because IE8 was slow coming up and slow opening a new tab on my machine. I ran procmon and discovered it was spending a ton of time opening the registry keys associated with "Restricted Zone" websites. I believe these keys were (in my case) filled up with thousands of restricted sites due to my use of SpyBot Search and Destroy.

By renaming the following keys:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains

to Domains.saved, my IE8 became extremely fast again!

Perhaps MS now loads that list when every tab is created when they did not load it as frequently in IE7? At any rate, IE8 is suddenly useable again for me!

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May 19, 2009 at 01:30:06

XP, sp3, 3.06Gh P4, 2.5 Gb ram.
Open in new tab painfully slow.
Turned off pagefile for other reasons (experimenting), now open in new tab is instantaneous! Coincidence? Perhaps IE8 is set to use pagefile first when opening in new tab. Thoughts?
IE8 still slow to load so I leave it minimised to save time when not in use.

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May 21, 2009 at 01:03:01

I have now noticed that the first "open in new tab" is slow and subsequent ones are fast.

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