Microsoft's latest IE fix has issues

By Derek Sooman on December 19, 2005, 7:11 PM
Using an early version of IE7? Did you install the "critical" security fix for Internet Explorer which was released last Tuesday? Well, there have been reported problems by users who have been testing the new browser who have. The company has confirmed that there have been scattered reports of users experiencing odd browser behaviour after installing the latest updates.

Three different problems have been reported: the browser could crash right after starting up; links may come up blank; or multiple windows may open when the browser is initiated, according to the posting.

Jeremy Dallman, project manager for Internet Explorer security, wrote: "After investigating several of these reports, we have traced these issues to a common source." The culprit is IE 7, the next version of Microsoft's web browser, which is in beta testing. The problems occur only if IE 7 is installed on a machine alongside IE 6. That double-IE configuration is not supported by the fix, according to Dallman's note.




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PanicX said:
I can't help but think this is a result of rooting the browser so deep into the OS. If IE maintained its settings and files seperate from the OS, issues like this wouldn't be a problem. I wouldn't doubt that when IE7 is rolled out, it'll have to uninstall any previous version.
smtkr said:
I didn't even know that you can run two separate versions of IE on the same windows install, since it is so deeply rooted into the OS.
Bartzy said:
I definitely agree. Uninstalling IE from your system is quite a mess. Having 2 IE's is a problem. IE is using Windows explorer's dll's and resources, and I think that is the problem, just like PanicX said. As I recall, there was no compatibility issues with Firefox. Weird, Hah? :)
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by Bartzy:[/b]As I recall, there was no compatibility issues with Firefox. Weird, Hah? :)[/quote]There are actually compatibility issues with Firefox 1.5 - some extensions don't work with it like they did in 1.0.x (but most can be made to work with [url=https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=9
8&application=firefox]Nightly Tester Tools[/url]).
vnf4ultra said:
"The culprit is IE 7, the next version of Microsoft's web browser, which is in beta testing. The problems occur only if IE 7 is installed on a machine alongside IE 6. That double-IE configuration is not supported by the fix, according to Dallman's note."Wouldn't 99% of people have ie7 installed while ie6 is installed? The article almost makes it seem like the problems are an isolated possibiltiy, because it says "only occur", but I'd think it'd affect almost everyone using ie7. IE6 is such a pain to uninstall, if it's even possible, since it's built into the os. They should make the browser separate from the os, like firefox or opera, so it can be easily removed if desired.
mofoed said:
I think ppl should just wait if they are IE users. Obviosly there will be problems since its in a beta phase. Even when full release of 7.0 comes out it will most likely have a few bugs yet, and it will take months to work them through as well with MS monthly updates. I will still with firefox for the time being, until I see there being enough benefit to switch back to IE.
nimo333 said:
"Microsoft's latest IE fix has issues"Well what did you expect?
DragonMaster said:
Hehehehe...It can't even rendeer most pages properly(I don't see why people keep telling that it's better than FFX for this). The last time I saw someone going on MSN Chat with IE he had problems while it was OK with Firefox.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by vnf4ultra:[/b]IE6 is such a pain to uninstall, if it's even possible, since it's built into the os. They should make the browser separate from the os, like firefox or opera, so it can be easily removed if desired. [/quote]It is possible to uninstall with 3rd party tools like [url=http://www.litepc.com/]98Lite, XPLite[/url] or [url=http://www.nliteos.com/]nLite[/url].But then all the applications that require IE presence (for one reason or another) would have to be fixed.
mentaljedi said:
i use IE and its fine. I haven't looked at FIrefox yet but i will if it starts to play up. As for the comments about IE's intergration into the OS... TOTALLY AGREE!!!
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