Thank you for your welcome.
That was my first thought indeed. But never the less, all I had was to install ie9 not ie8. Also removing ie9 from P&F did not result in getting ie8 back. I just had the option to install ie9 only.
That's why you need to deinstall it from installed updates. I've been working a few years with windows 7 and upon installing ie9 there was no revert option to ie8 in P&F.
So maybe this could be related to sp1? or new security settings because ie9 should be more secure? I find it a drag, because it ran smooth for 2 weeks and after that it took 30 seconds just to open google.
Maybe some more people need to confirm this is the right way to get ie8 back.