IE 7.....or IE 8?

June 30, 2009 at 19:51:58
Specs: Windows XP, 2.66GHZ 1.5G
i'm still with service pack one, and wish to know if i should update my ie browser to 7 or 8.....

can i also revert back if i don't care for it....either of these browsers ok with SP2?

thanks!


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#1
June 30, 2009 at 20:23:24
Unfortunately, Internet Explorer updates are NOT optional, even if you don't use IE at all, since it is heavily integrated in your Windows operating system.

You cannot 'choose' not to use IE 8. Updating IE to the latest version is a critical part of keeping your Windows installation protected from malware and the like.

For what it's worth, I will comment that IE8 is very, very similar to IE7, with a few minor differences. ''Under the hood", it runs quite a bit quicker I find, and displays web pages more like it should (IE is historically known for bad code compliance).

To directly answer your questions:
Should update? Yes, security and performance reasons.
Can revert back? Yes, but it would be a security risk to do so.

Compatibility with XP SP2? I'm not sure. Using SP2 is itself a security risk...is there any reason you've avoided updating?

Without meaning any offense to you, I do have to say this...
Windows Updates, including Service Packs and IE updates, are never optional...they fix important security holes, compatibility issues, and errors in the current versions of system files.

Hope this helps


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#2
July 1, 2009 at 08:39:46
In regards to the last post, Internet Explorer versions are most certainly optional. You don't have to upgrade at all. When you do recive the notice that upgrades are ready for your computer it gives you the the option to select which upgrades you want. If you remove the checkmark from the IE upgrade option, it also gives you the option not to upgrade in the future so you don't get asked each time a new set of upgrades comes out.

And if you do choose to upgrade to IE8, you have the option to roll back to IE7 or even IE6 in the Add/Remove programs section.


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#3
July 1, 2009 at 13:11:02
They are optional in the sense that they aren't forced on you. You don't have to install the newest version, you can ignore it quite easily.

That said, they are not optional in the sense that having an outdated Internet Explorer version is a major security hole...IE is one of (if not the) most targeted browsers out there...when a new version is released it protects you from the attacks that have been in development for the previous version.

IE6 is like internet suicide, which is unfortunate since it's the newest one you can install on Windows versions prior to XP.

I don't advocate anyone use IE at all (from a security standpoint, you're just askin' for it), but if you're going to, you have to use the latest version...either that or don't do anything that involves typing passwords, clicking links, or visiting web pages in an older one.


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#4
July 1, 2009 at 16:00:11
IE is no worse than any other browser. Just Google Firefox Vulnerabilities, I got 785,000 hits.

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#5
July 1, 2009 at 21:11:35
Yes, but Firefox gets updates every couple of weeks.

When an IE update comes out, it is an accumulated pile of updates, including security updates among others.

If you use Firefox, you get regular updates by design.

If you use IE, you have the option of completely ignoring the updates and never being bothered by them.

It's no worse than others if you keep them it updated.
It's dramatically worse when you disregard updates.
(I don't need a study to show me that, let's face reality...IE is heavily targeted because of a wide user base, so when updates come out, it's usually to fix vulnerabilities that are about to be or have just been exploited. not updating results in leaving that vulnerability unpatched.)

I'm not slamming IE...I'm slamming non-updated IE.


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#6
July 4, 2009 at 23:34:28
kizzle......you are not offending me at all, thanks for your response....i'm learning...
my reason for not updating was/is.....

1....all beta releases don't appeal to me, since they rendered my pc worse and sometimes crippled it..had to system restore on a few things....

2....if it is not broke why fix it, i was also told by a few techies...
3. after that i normally forget about it, if the pc works fine...
4....updates are disabled....but i did go and always install the patches for windows XP...

now i'm wondering if i should not try it again....

i need to install sp3 i guess first no? and then update my browser?

i did just install firefox latest version.......and will make a thread about something that is not right.

as always thanks to all who respond and educate me...


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#7
July 5, 2009 at 23:15:04
To address your points:

1 - beta releases - correct, you should not use them unless you are prepared for problems. Betas are "pre release" meaning they aren't 100% finished yet.

FYI, IE8 is complete now, that is, it has been officially released.

2 - very good point. It is true that you should usually not mess with things that are working. However, since you use IE as your browser, it is important to make sure it is secure. An important part of doing that is making sure it is fully updated, even if you don't like the new version

3 - very easy to do. If it works, don't touch it...I try to live by this also.

4. It doesn't matter if you have automatic updates on or off, as long as you occasionally visit Windows Update you should be mostly secure.

Before trying any 'major' updates like IE8 or SP3, you should back up important files, and set a system restore point. This way, if anything goes wrong, you have options for helping you recover (backups mean if you have to reinstall, unlikely but still possible, you would be able to get your files back. a restore point means you can try to undo the update if it goes wrong)

Firefox is not perfect, and I didn't really mean to advertise it here. I more or less was using it as an example. Still, it is generally regarded as being "more powerful" than IE by many, so it's worth trying. If you don't like it, you can always switch back to IE, but of course keep it updated if you do :)


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#8
July 9, 2009 at 01:36:21
i'm trying firefox now, and so far it is faster than the i.e.6...and i like the tabs...

only one problem....no matter what i try "privacy tab" and what settings...i still have a few links left in my browser history...each time i reopen the browser they are there when i click on the address tab despite clearing all each time i close the firefox..
what gives?..tia


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#9
July 11, 2009 at 23:08:59
I think the links you're talking about might already be in your bookmarks (aka Favorites). If a link is bookmarked, it will always be available in the address bar for quick access (I think the idea is that you can sometimes forget you bookmarked it, and then if you start typing the site name it will remind you you already have it saved).

Hope this helps


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#10
July 12, 2009 at 02:10:15
and i think you are right....after reading your response, i went and verified these pages and they were pages i bookmarked...

something new i guess....thanks for responding once again!

i think i like this firefox so far..


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