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Qdos
09-08-2009, 12:26
There's a campaign to close down many websites to you if you're still using Microsofts outdated 2001 browser product.

IE6 No More - Home (http://www.ie6nomore.com/)

Of course to install iE7 or iE8 your operating system has to pass muster, courtesy of Windows Genuine Authentication measures. If you're thought to be using a dodgy version of Windows itself then you will be denied the chance to update.

There clearly always comes a time to move on, and there's always Mozilla Firefox (or even Opera or Google Chrome) for those people who can't tackle WGA and win, a fact which probably explains the popularity Firefox enjoys more than any other single consideration :)

FatAndy
11-08-2009, 10:37
My wife still sits at IE6, and sees no problems with it at websites which she visits... mostly Russian ones. But it's not a problem to upgrade. IE7 seems to me more convenient than IE8 - last one looks like overweigh with different "bows and bells"

Qdos
11-08-2009, 10:51
Yup. I agree. Internet Explorer v8 has a lot of bloat in it's design. I mean who the hell needs a browser to analyse their browsing trends and make recommendations about sites which might interest them?

Not sure I believe Microsoft when they say... 'no personal information will be gathered... blah, blah...' as it seems to me they're actually using some of this information to power their new 'Bing' search engine... :rolleyes:

The accelerators are slightly useful. Private browsing is a heap of crock, because all you need to do to achieve the same, or better, is to install a file cleaner that wipes cookies, temp files, index.dat files and browsing history of course...

One thing I've always wanted is a lock tab function. Simple enough. Used to have that facility in NetCaptors tabbed front end browser for iE6 four or more years ago (NetCaptor was the first ever tabbed browser front end... so eat your heart out Mozilla...)

Still waiting in vain for Microsoft to catch up with simplicity... :rant:

M$ always leave me feeling like they're trying to run before they've even learned the art of walking... so many of their gizmo ideas that get media coverage and hype seem to fall by the wayside (sic... voice recognition in Vista, biggest joke I've ever seen... even Dragon were way out ahead of Microsoft in that game, and years earlier...)

Of course, if you're updating a machine now, the iE7 option has gone, all you can choose is to install the shiny new iE8 browser - unless, like me, you kept an original standalone installer for iE7... :)

FatAndy
11-08-2009, 10:56
if you're updating a machine now, the iE7 option has gone, all you can choose is to install the shiny new iE8 browser - unless, like me, you kept an original standalone installer for iE7... - "nein, Kurt, nein!"(C) ;)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=9ae91ebe-3385-447c-8a30-081805b2f90b - push the button and get the result.

It is found via search Microsoft Download Center: Search Results (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/results.aspx?freetext=Internet+Explorer+7&displaylang=en&stype=s_basic) from Microsoft Download Center (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/default.aspx) - BTW at last one it is in "popular downloads" section.

So this child isn't lost yet...

Moreover:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1e1550cb-5e5d-48f5-b02b-20b602228de6

Qdos
11-08-2009, 11:06
So this child isn't lost yet...

Sorry... I should have underlined that I purely meant automated updates, because iE7 isn't itself an integral part of XP, even at SP3 level... :)

I'd certainly recommend downloading from FatAndys links to anyone who suspects they'd prefer to keep iE7 up their sleeve... :D

FatAndy
11-08-2009, 11:15
Yes, automated updates offer only newest ones... but I don't allow automatic updates on my own PCs - only manual once a week... otherwise there will be too many traffic, first, and too many things I don't need at all, second. My own preferences always dominate over Microsoft ones.

rhand
13-08-2009, 20:04
I use Firefox 3.5 on Windows and Firefox 3.0 on Ubuntu. IE6 can be buried for all I care. It has not been updated for a long time and yes some websites won't display in it properly anymore. It's a dinosaur. When I use IE i use IE7 or IE8. I still run IE6 on a virtual PC partition, but only because I need to test sites on it for work. There are still quite a few (http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp) out there that use IE6 and they need to see my web design & development work properly..

andron
19-08-2009, 12:00
neither IE7 nor IE8 currently require WGA check to be installed on your PC. :shhhhhh:

Qdos
19-08-2009, 12:30
neither IE7 nor IE8 currently require WGA check to be installed on your PC. :shhhhhh:

They do I'm afraid, through the Windows Update process, unless you are running a pirated copy of Windows with WGA thoroughly disabled so that the system is fooled into believing a WGA check has already happened ;)