|Re original post, the shortcut to IE should normally arrive automatically, without you having to create it.|
We haven't got much to go on:
Can we assume the answers to both #1 and #2 were no?
When you try to open IE8 does nothing happen at all or is there any error message?
Did you save the downloaded file somewhere then double click it or did you simply run the download from within IE? If it was the latter then try it from the saved download. We need to know the exact procedure used.
If you revert back to IE7 does that work?
We all live on a ball.