|Have you tried disabling unnecessary add-ons in Internet Explorer?|
The last time I used IE regularly was when IE7 came out, and that's because it was a big step up from IE6. I got annoyed with it and opted for Firefox, which was faster and more secure at the time. Another big reason I dislike IE is because it poorly complies with web standards. I don't even support IE on my websites anymore.
@ Jefro: IE9 is the latest released version, but IE8 is the last one that will run on Windows XP.
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