IE7 or IE8 which is suitable for use with XP?

July 30, 2010 at 17:02:54
Specs: windows xp, 512 MB

which browser is suitable with Windows XP, IE 7 or IE 8.



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#1
July 30, 2010 at 17:24:31

Either.

IE8 is the latest and most secure. It got off to a bad start but many folk are now using it just fine (including me).

Long Range Golfer


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#2
July 30, 2010 at 17:32:43

I'll stick with Firefox, thank you. :)

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#3
July 30, 2010 at 17:45:44

Jennifer, I agree.
Firefox and two plugins, NoScript and Adblock Plus.
Thats a great trio.

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#4
July 30, 2010 at 20:30:51

Alrigh, I wil go with IE 8.

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#5
July 30, 2010 at 21:49:54

IE7 is the best for XP. IE8 is too bogged down with securities and IE7 is completely safe and much faster.
Firefox has many drawbacks but is OK for an alternate browser. IE7 is also faster than Firefox and not so full of nags.

Here's a few nags with firefox.
In e-mails you HAVE to make an active link. In IE7, the links are automatic.
In firefox you HAVE to keep adding addons, plus you have to restart Firefox for each one. IE7 has all the addons already installed.

The biggest nag I found with firefox is when you open the browser and nothing happens, then another minute passes and then firefox says to wait while it downloads an update. That to me is a real hassle. IE7 has NEVER stalled out like that.

Contrary to what some people say, you HAVE to use IE in order to get your critical updates.
That pretty well sums it up for me.

IE8 is extremely fast in windows 7, much faster than Firefox.

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#6
July 31, 2010 at 00:07:27

@XpUser4Real:

You HAVE to be better informed about Firefox before making such categorical (and false) statements.

I HAVE to agree with Jennifer and Paulsep... Firefox.


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#7
July 31, 2010 at 02:51:54

"I HAVE to agree with Jennifer and Paulsep... Firefox.

Second (or third/fourth) that. Firefox w/Adblock Plus, NoScript and a decent virus-scanner makes surfing almost bullet-proof, and I prefer choosing my own add-ons...

"IE8 is extremely fast in windows 7, much faster than Firefox."

Not on my Win7 machine it isn't...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#8
July 31, 2010 at 03:25:03

I use Opera and it has never failed me yet.

As far as I am concerned Internet Explore is a historical curiosity.

You only need IE for critical updates if you connect directly to MS Update site. However, you do not need to connect directly to MS Update site to get critical updates.

Stuart


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#9
July 31, 2010 at 05:36:07


IMpatient,

Tell me what I said was false about Firefox. Show me where I lied.

"ou HAVE to be better informed about Firefox before making such categorical (and false) statements."

The truth is in the puddin, Firefox is just a modified Netscape. All that I said about firefox was ABSOLUTELY TRUE and from actual use. IE7 is much faster than Firefox in XP and that is a proven fact.

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#10
July 31, 2010 at 07:52:57

I prefer IE7 for XP rather than IE8. I've tried IE8 several times. I jumped on it as soon as it came out & was very disapointed with the performance, so I went back to IE7. I tried IE8 again last week for a few days but once again, went back to IE7. I keep Firefox for an alternate.

I tried Opera for a while but just didn't like it. I also tried Chromium (Google Chrome without the spyware) but didn't care for that either.

Tom's Hardware recently did a comparison of the top 5 browsers

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

If you can't stand the suspense & wanna skip directly to the conclusion, here it is:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#11
July 31, 2010 at 07:53:40

I agree with most of what XpUser4Real said about Firefox, though those things don't bother me as much and I use Firefox most of the time. Even if you do not have to use IE to get Windows updates, I would rather have it around to do the updates and for other occasional things as well which I might want to use IE for. For example, I seem to sometimes get a Java script error(or Java fails) in Firefox–maybe something needs updating.

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#12
July 31, 2010 at 08:25:53

XpUser4Real

There are others, but this one is so glaringly obvious: "...In firefox you HAVE to keep adding addons, plus you have to restart Firefox for each one...." Well, okay, that's two, just for starters.

Your statement about "actual use" does not bolster your side very well...


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#13
July 31, 2010 at 08:38:53

The most error you get in Firefox, came from the default missing ActiveX support.
ActiveX is non standard for websites and most dangerous.
So I use IE for critical updates only.
All the other web browsing I make with Firefox and the 2 plugins mentioned above.
Not well coded websites may not be displayed or not well shown in Firefox, but I'm not willing to pay this with less security.

Btw: I don't know, how the machines are configured, when IE is faster than Firefox, but I can't confirm that.
I'm using Firefox for years and it's always very fast and very secure.

Also the point, that IE has already installed all plugins is no advantage.
There are mostly much more plugins installed in IE, than needed. But all installed plugins are potentially security risks. The more plugins, the greater the risk.

But at the bottom line, everyone has to make his own decision on that.

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#14
July 31, 2010 at 13:33:37

IMpatient
Did you find a way for firefox to add hyper links automatically instead of always having to make the extra link when e-mailing?

I have many yahoo e-mail accounts and usually have to add links to certain sites, so having to do it twice is a real hinderance for me.

I would make a nice wager that IE7 on XP opens up twice as fast as firefox. I know, because that is why firefox is my back up browser only.

There are many more nags than that on firefox, believe me.

And you say thatyou have never had to wait when you open firefox (nothing comes on for at least a minute) when it was doing an update? I find that hard to believe.

paulsep

"But all installed plugins are potentially security risks."
I agree, but there are always critical updates for that.

People using firefox generally don't care too much about critical updates as they feel they don't use IE anyways....good luck with that. That's why you see so many problems with firefox in the security forum with re-directions etc.
It all boils down to critical updates.

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#15
July 31, 2010 at 13:45:36

This is all very interesting but the poster actually asked about IE7 -v- IE8,
not alternative browsers.

Long Range Golfer


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#16
July 31, 2010 at 13:49:18

"It all boils down to critical updates"
Yep, quite right, every month !!!
And IE is deeply integrated in the windows system.
So when you get a security problem with IE, the whole system is involved.

FYI: My Firefox tooks at max 5 seconds to start up.
So I guess, you have a problem with your windows system.

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#17
July 31, 2010 at 14:51:09

Back to the original question: IE7 -v- IE8. I don't think there's one answer to that that works for everyone. I find that IE 8 works very well and is probably somewhat better than IE 7, but there are those who have problems with IE 8, in which case it might be better to stay with IE 7.

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#18
July 31, 2010 at 14:53:42

FYI: My Firefox tooks at max 5 seconds to start up.

I have IE7 opening in 3 seconds on xp pro with 512Ram

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#19
July 31, 2010 at 14:53:58

I believe it is possible to roll back to IE7 if IE8 doesn't work out for you.

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#20
July 31, 2010 at 14:54:49

I believe it is possible to roll back to IE7 if IE8 doesn't work out for you.

Yes, that is correct providing they installed IE7 prior to IE8

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#21
August 1, 2010 at 08:49:44

"In e-mails you HAVE to make an active link. In IE7, the links are automatic." Call me "slow", but I'm not sure I understand that.

XForReal, can you clarify please? Thanks.

Derek said "This is all very interesting but the poster actually asked about IE7 -v- IE8,
not alternative browsers" Okay. If I MUST choose between those two, then IE7. :)


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#22
August 1, 2010 at 09:15:27

"Call me "slow", but I'm not sure I understand that.

XForReal, can you clarify please? Thanks."

Sure, when you type your email
yours@yahoo.com in IE it automatically makes a hyper link.
Same as if you type www.computing.net it automatically makes a hyperlink. Whereas in Firefox you have to do it twice, once in the e-mail, then you copy and paste it into a link after clicking the link icon....that is a pain to say the least. IE is automatic.
Hope that explains it for you.

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#23
August 1, 2010 at 11:05:33

Sorry if I'm a bit dozy but I've lost the drift ragarding the situation described about email and FF in post #22.

Is this when using Webmail or do you mean Thunderbird?

Long Range Golfer


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#24
August 1, 2010 at 12:35:39

"Is this when using Webmail or do you mean Thunderbird?"

This is using webmail such as yahoo, etc. I don't bother with Thunderbird and definitely not Outlook ;-)

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#25
August 1, 2010 at 14:37:50

Gotcha fine, thx XpUser4Real

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#27
August 6, 2010 at 09:30:49

Sorensenp
If I've understood correctly yours is a new post on a different topic. To get proper help make a post of your own on XP or whatever you are using. This is W95/98 forum.

Long Range Golfer


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