|Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP|
Before downgrading, maybe we can assist in the problems you're having with IE8.
Additionally, would you consider one of the other popular web browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, or Opera? I'd even recommend Firefox 3.6 over IE 7 for improved security, better support of HTML 5 and CSS 3, and what I believe is a better user interface.
Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.