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Windows 7: IE8 needs FIXING - Not ready for Prime Time yet


12 Oct 2009   #1

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 
IE8 needs FIXING - Not ready for Prime Time yet

Hi all

Whilst I love Windows 7 and X-64 RTM has exceeded my expectations in stability and performance I'm REALLY disappointed with IE8 -- This DEFINITELY needs some major fixes and SOON.

1) Randomly get IE8 has unexpectedly stopped working -- you get a little popup to ask you if you want to return to your home page or restore your last session

2) Using Vmware server -- IE8 gets its knickers in a twist quite a lot -- the virtual machines are still acessible but you get message 1) as above.

(I think vmware made a bo-bo by deciding on using a Web interface for controlling Virtual Machines with vmware server - not a good idea but that's another issue).

3) security settings getting "lost" or changed randomly when switching from "public Internet" to loacal Intranet.

Other odd quirks when acessing some web sites with certificates -- Browser just seems to hang with some cryptic message in the status bar saying DONE (with a blank screen) or Javascript void(); or other equally cryptic error.

I'm not sure why the EU were ranting against IE -- I'd chuck IE8 in an instant if I could.

I can't for all sorts of reasons so PLEASE don't post use Firefox etc etc. I'm stuck with IE8.

C'mon MS -- IMO you've let done a great OS by a HORRIBLE unfinished implementation of IE8.

Cheers
jimbo


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12 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi all

Whilst I love Windows 7 and X-64 RTM has exceeded my expectations in stability and performance I'm REALLY disappointed with IE8 -- This DEFINITELY needs some major fixes and SOON.

1) Randomly get IE8 has unexpectedly stopped working -- you get a little popup to ask you if you want to return to your home page or restore your last session

2) Using Vmware server -- IE8 gets its knickers in a twist quite a lot -- the virtual machines are still acessible but you get message 1) as above.

(I think vmware made a bo-bo by deciding on using a Web interface for controlling Virtual Machines with vmware server - not a good idea but that's another issue).

3) security settings getting "lost" or changed randomly when switching from "public Internet" to loacal Intranet.

Other odd quirks when acessing some web sites with certificates -- Browser just seems to hang with some cryptic message in the status bar saying DONE (with a blank screen) or Javascript void(); or other equally cryptic error.

I'm not sure why the EU were ranting against IE -- I'd chuck IE8 in an instant if I could.

I can't for all sorts of reasons so PLEASE don't post use Firefox etc etc. I'm stuck with IE8.

C'mon MS -- IMO you've let done a great OS by a HORRIBLE unfinished implementation of IE8.

Cheers
jimbo
I was a frequent user of IE8 prior to switching to Firefox, I still use IE8 but less often now.

I have never had any real problems with IE8 on Windows 7 aside from it asking me randomly to do the setup it does, when you first run it.

While I admit they could have done better with IE8, I still say its overall pretty good in comparison to IE7.
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12 Oct 2009   #3

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there

this is what happens nearly every time I connect to the vmware server remote console to manage virtual machines.

cheers
jimbo


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12 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there

this is what happens nearly every time I connect to the vmware server remote console to manage virtual machines.

cheers
jimbo
Well, that sucks. I never use VMware, only Virtualbox, and I rarely even use that.
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12 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 build 7600 64 bit
 
 

I've never used IE, ever. Chrome is my primary browser and i use Firefox if i have to (some of the plug ins are really sweet )

En afhverju geturu ekki notađ eitthvađ annađ en IE ?
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12 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

IE was much worse in the earlier builds, losing cookies and frequent crashes.

It has improved greatly since then but I do see some room for improvment.

The stopped working messages with the page not loading does happen fairly often but I'm sure there is a reason for it and that it's fixable.

Havn't tried running any virtual machines with it but I'm sure your assessment is correct.
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12 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I have a simple and easy solution: use firefox. you can go get an IE 8 skin to make it look similar to IE 8 and get glasser to make the URL bar thing transparent.
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12 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wii Master 64 View Post
I have a simple and easy solution: use firefox. you can go get an IE 8 skin to make it look similar to IE 8 and get glasser to make the URL bar thing transparent.
That is a good solution for some, however its not a solution for others. A lot like to keep the native browser of Windows because, well its the native browser.
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12 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wii Master 64 View Post
I have a simple and easy solution: use firefox. you can go get an IE 8 skin to make it look similar to IE 8 and get glasser to make the URL bar thing transparent.
There is a long list of problem associated with using firefox also. It's not a perfect solution in many cases. Besides that, I get tired of people saying change to FF to fix IE problems.
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13 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

I like IE8 and have none of the problems mentioned have. It is extremely stable, it has not lost settings and when there has been the occasional crash (I'm talking 2 maybe 3 IE crashes per month) Crash Recovery has successfully brought it all back.

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I get tired of people saying change to FF to fix IE problems.
I do too. In fact, I've been tired of it from the start - that is, since IE6. It's just a cop-out, most often bred out of misplaced distain for Microsoft, and FF fans. IE8 works. If yours does not, you got a problem and changing to FF is simply a cover-up.

To say it is not ready for prime time is really an injustice. Not only is it more than ready, it's already here, complies with Web Standards and not MS standards, and is running perfectly fine on 100s of millions of Windows computers with no problems right now.

FF is NOT a fix for anything - it is just an alternative browser.
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