Solved Which browser is best to use in Win10 Anniversary Update?

September 21, 2016 at 13:24:41
Specs: Windows 10
I Have been using IE 11 since its inception; no real complaints (until now) and since I'm used to it I dread having to change.
Since the Windows Anniversary Update IE 11 is a total nightmare. I may as well just throw my laptop away since I can't do anything on it. Yahoo Mail does not recognize IE11 anymore since the update ( I had to adjust the compatibility view settings in order to be able to keep the latest version of Yahoo Mail); of course it took me several day to find this fix after hours of researching the internet!). I realize that anyone using IE11 is experiencing problems (freezing/crashing) and it is beyond frustrating. I don't have time for all it's problems.
How long can we expect a fix by Microsoft or am I better to just switch browsers? If I must switch to an other browser, any recommendations are appreciated.

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September 21, 2016 at 16:59:04
geekiamnot

I use IE but have none of the problems you mentioned. Have you tried IE Reset since the Anniversary Update? If not it might be worth a go as something could have hiccupped during update. It's IE > Tools > Internet Options > Advanced tab > Reset button.

You Favorites will be safe. You might lose your add-ons but they soon come back on their own (unless they are special ones you added yourself).

EDIT:
If you should give up, I agree with Linuxman about Firefox. It is also very similar to IE and doesn't snoop on you like Chrome. You can tell it to transfer your Favorites over and both browsers remain available.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

message edited by Derek



#1
September 21, 2016 at 13:48:26
If you are using windows10 it comes with the Edge browser, so I wonder why you are using IE11?

I encourage you to use the Firefox browser. Its very user friendly and has excellent performance.


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#2
September 21, 2016 at 13:50:48
You can download firefox here:

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firef...


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#3
September 21, 2016 at 14:28:22
"Since the Windows Anniversary Update IE 11 is a total nightmare. I may as well just throw my laptop away since I can't do anything on it."

I hear you pain. Rather than throw away your laptop have you considered a new operating system? Try Linux Mint 18 Mate! Its free and simple and stress free to use. Easy to install if you have a spare USB stick:

Download the .iso file from here https://www.linuxmint.com/download.php
Download the universal USB installer (UUI) here: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/univer...
Point the UUI to your downloaded .iso file to create the USB installer.
Restart your computer with the USB stick in it. (you may have to enter your BIOS setup and set your computer to boot from USB if it doesn't install right away.)

Have fun!



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#4
September 21, 2016 at 14:33:22
There's no reason why you can't have several browsers installed. You already have Edge & IE11, you can also install Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or anyone of their derivatives. Find the one you like the best & uninstall the rest.

"Yahoo Mail does not recognize IE11 anymore since the update"

Just the opposite, the "new" IE11 doesn't recognize Yahoo. That's why compatibility view settings has to be used.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...


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#5
September 21, 2016 at 14:35:16
Google's Chrome is currently the most used browser. You can try that.

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#6
September 21, 2016 at 16:37:24
I am reading that there are a slew of problems even with Edge. Frankly I wish there was a way to get rid of the recent update and install it months from now when Microsoft clears up all the problems associated with it.
I'm hesitant, but I may try Firefox. I hate change!
Thank you for your suggestion. p.s. have you switched to Edge yourself or are you using Firefox?

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#7
September 21, 2016 at 16:40:45
linuxman

Everyone has their own opinion about browsers. Before the Anniversary Update I found Edge as rickety as old hell and what's more after using it IE then slowed down. This was repeatable. So I went back to IE and never tried Edge again. I found IE fine but use Firefox and Pale Moon fine too.

OK, maybe there might have been some improvement to Edge with this major update so I will check it again sometime. You know how it is though, once you've had a bad experience for about a year you don't rush to repeat it.

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#8
September 21, 2016 at 16:42:51
The browser I want and that I have been using for 10 years is IE11. It is a valid and widely used browser. Why all the problems lately???

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#9
September 21, 2016 at 16:49:15
Derek
You're using IE so you are aware of the constant freezing issue and "recover webpage" (which have to do every 2 minutes). IE''s recent problems doesn't let me read anything since it takes too long between the freeze ups and constantly having to recover the webpage. This can't go on forever, I assume the Microsoft (or is it a IE problem?) must be feverishly working on a solution, right? But how long will this nightmare continue before we all get back to normal? ps. are these problems only happening with IE and everyone else in the world is fine?

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#10
September 21, 2016 at 16:55:39
Riider

"Just the opposite, the "new" IE11 doesn't recognize Yahoo. That's why compatibility view settings has to be used."

I don't get it. IE 11 has been out for quite some time and I have not had an issue with Yahoo ever. The problem started the day the update was installed. Who/what is the problem, is it the new update or IE11?


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#11
September 21, 2016 at 16:59:04
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geekiamnot

I use IE but have none of the problems you mentioned. Have you tried IE Reset since the Anniversary Update? If not it might be worth a go as something could have hiccupped during update. It's IE > Tools > Internet Options > Advanced tab > Reset button.

You Favorites will be safe. You might lose your add-ons but they soon come back on their own (unless they are special ones you added yourself).

EDIT:
If you should give up, I agree with Linuxman about Firefox. It is also very similar to IE and doesn't snoop on you like Chrome. You can tell it to transfer your Favorites over and both browsers remain available.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

message edited by Derek


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#12
September 21, 2016 at 17:04:58
"I hate change!"

Then why did you update to Windows 10?


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#13
September 21, 2016 at 17:17:52
Just a warning, but IE will leak your Microsoft account info to websites.

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#14
September 21, 2016 at 17:29:12
Riider

Ha! I bit the bullet and jumped right in with Windows 10 while it was free. In hindsight, it was riddled with quirks and glitches and we freebie people were the test market/guinea pigs. All is well now; I'm actually used to it! :)


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#15
September 21, 2016 at 17:30:44
to anyone...can I create a desktop shortcut where by my Yahoo comes through with another browser other than my default browser?

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#16
September 21, 2016 at 17:34:41
Right click on the shortcut, what is on offer in > Open with?

Or go down to Properties, what is on offer there?


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#17
September 21, 2016 at 17:40:55
Whichever browser you download should configure itself to be your default browser, so any bookmarks you have on your desktop should open in your browser of choice.

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#18
September 21, 2016 at 17:42:14
This should make things easier.
http://blog.scoopz.com/2008/02/25/c...

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#19
September 21, 2016 at 18:07:31
geekiamnot
If your alternative browser is set to default then you will not need to do anything, otherwise see #18 above (which works, I do it all the time).

Razor2.3 (#13)
But you don't have to have a MS Account in Win 10, although they do make you think so.

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#20
September 21, 2016 at 18:08:56
"But you don't have to have a MS Account in Win 10"
Correct.

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#21
September 21, 2016 at 18:54:36
Correct, but how many people actually know that? Especially out of the population that want to stick to IE because it's what they've always used?

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#22
September 21, 2016 at 19:04:13
John W/Razor 2.3
I don't have an MS account.
I would like the Yahoo Icon on my desktop to function so that it opens in Firefox IE 11 is my default browser). When I right click the desktop icon, the only option I have is "Open", not "open with". How can I open the shortcut in the browser of my choice instead of opening it with IE.?

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#23
September 21, 2016 at 20:32:11
" How can I open the shortcut in the browser of my choice instead of opening it with IE.?"
Did you read post #18?

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#24
September 22, 2016 at 07:11:04
geekiamnot
.. and the alternative of setting the browser of your choice to "default" so that it uses the existing shortcut (#17 and #19). There are many ways to tackle things with computers and often many ways to do exactly the same thing.

By the way, did you try the IE Reset I suggested to see if that fixed the IE problem you were having?

Razor2.3
Re #21. Sure, but after Win 10 is installed there is no IE icon. If folk don't know that you can avoid an MS account then they probably won't know how to set up a shortcut icon to IE either.

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#25
September 22, 2016 at 08:27:15
There's no icon, but if you click on start and type "Internet", it's the first hit. I know this because the Edge browser is so broken, the 32-bit version won't let you download files. And I really like downloading files.


geekiamnot:
Normally the desktop icon should start working in the new browser as soon as it's installed. If it don't work after running the new browser at least once and confirming you want it to be the default browser, the easiest thing would be to navigate to the page in the new browser, and drag its icon from the address bar to the desktop.

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#26
September 22, 2016 at 12:50:10
I just completed #18's suggestion for forcing my problematic Yahoo Mail to open in Firefox. It works!
I also successfully completed the IE reset as suggested by Derek.
End result...everything seems to be back-to-normal! Phew!
A huge thank you to everyone.
You guys really know your stuff! Highly recommend this website for all us non-techies! :)

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#27
September 22, 2016 at 15:35:51
Good to hear and thanks for the feedback.

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