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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Parker, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. Parker

    Parker Guest

    The question is to upgrade or not to upgrade?

    Yahoo mail seems to be pushing toward upgrading and Windows Update seems
    to want to install IE7 but from what I hear the latest isn't always the

    Maybe a little bit off topic for this group but it seems that many of
    the posters would probably have some experience with upgrading.
  2. I say upgrade, to Firefox 2.0.
  3. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest

    I second that. Go all the way, though. Firefox

  4. IE7 has some pretty cool features, like you can uninstall it which I did
    after 2 weeks. The only benefits that I noticed it had over previous
    versions was tabbed browsing and a search bar, but Firefox always had those
    and Firefox was always a much better browser.

    IE7 also has a Phishing filter which was more of a pain in the ass then
  5. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Yup, and if you had your prior browser set to not ask if you want it to
    be the default browser, when install IE7, it does not reset this how
    ever, reading your email and clicking on a link which normally takes you
    to the browser will then just sit there and do nothing for you.
    You have to fish around in IE7 settings and make it the default
    browser.. then the click able links in your OL will work.
  6. Hi!
    I wouldn't, if it were even an option for my computer. (It's running Windows
    2000 Pro SP4, and probably will be that way for some time to come.)
    Microsoft changed the UI quite a bit by ramrodding the toolbars around,
    putting the menu bar underneath them (!!!!) and then removing a lot of the
    customizability. Some webpages don't work with it properly. Most publicly
    accessible stuff does fine, but just try older stuff like the built-in
    webservers on various embedded devices. You will see what I mean, especially
    if these devices use active content. Some apps that call upon Internet
    Explorer functionality to display certain content may break. I haven't seen
    that yet...the only reports I have are those from other people who had
    broken apps after the upgrade.

    I have received several reports (seeing as my hobby is computer repair) from
    people stating that they really didn't like the new UI.

    From my own experiences using it, I'm sure that it is a decent browser. I
    always liked how Internet Explorer was generally quick to respond, and this
    seems true in IE7. What I don't like is the new UI and the pushy "security"
    measures that busily try to assure me that I'm going to break my computer if
    I allow an unsigned ActiveX control to run, even though the very device or
    service is one I would trust...

    As much as I liked the comparative efficiency of the "Trident" HTML
    rendering engine behind IE, I have given up on it and now recommend Firefox
    or Opera as a worthy alternative.

  7. Hi!
    Hilarious! (also true, IMHO) Can I quote you on that?

  8. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest


    And should it happen to be of any interest, ie7 dropped the telnet

    Take care.

  9. Sure. I'm not sure if it was the software or my laptop, but it seems
    that IE7 was just a little too bloated.

    But then, I am still using Real player G2 and Windows Media player 6.4
    and because I don't need 5 different "DVD Player/CD Burner/Jukebox/Music
    Download Service/Portable Device Managers in one" programs.
  10. didn't they also drop FTP client?
  11. That's because if you don't upgrade you'll get your computer hacked
    You're goddamn right this is off topic and if you keep it up i'm going
    to report you for abuse.
  12. That's because it's not 1983 anymore, cumstain.
  13. kip

    kip Guest

    I take it your an Adult MAKE your own decision...
    Why make a Decision from some body you don't know.
  14. Parker

    Parker Guest

    Sorry Malissa, I was kind of asking people what they think of Internet
    Explorer 7 before I make such a decision. They can tell me it's great or
    they can tell me it fried motherboards.

    Ever hear of Consumer reports and whatever?
  15. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    Stay with 6
  16. AZ Nomad

    AZ Nomad Guest

    There are a *lot* of sites that won't run on anything but internet explorer
    version 6. If you upgrade to seven, those sites will be unusable.

    Microsoft has shot themselves in the foot with their proprietary broken
    html "enhancements." The same broken html that keeps firefox from reaching
    some sites also keeps internet explorer 7 out.

    Eventually those sites will get fixed; in the meantime, use firefox and
    keep internet explorer 6 around for those broken sites.
  17. AZ Nomad

    AZ Nomad Guest

    Are you sure? My understanding is that once you install IE7, there's
    no going back without doing a total OS (and application) reinstall.
  18. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    That and ActiveX, so far I'm not aware of any way of using ActiveX in
    Firefox. It's a big security hole in itself but that doesn't stop the
    fact that many websites and some cheap network cameras require it to work.
  19. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    IE7 touches many different areas of your operating system. Best to make a
    system restore point in XP before you install IE7. Then when tire of it
    (you will) you can simply restore back to before you installed it.
  20. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    I put it on my machine, largely because MS are not carrying out any further
    maintenance support of IE6, which will leave it ( even ) wide ( er ) open to
    abuse from those intent on getting into people's machines. I think it's
    largely just a case of " If things don't change, they'll stay as they are ".
    Yes, the layout looked a bit alien at first, but once I'd customised it a
    bit to make it feel a bit more 'comfortable', I quickly forgot that it was
    anything new. I actually shut the phishing filter off, because I felt that
    it slowed things down a little on some sites. The multiple tabbed windows
    are useful, as is the ability to put a whole series of open windows into a
    single Favourite.

    The machines that I have are very heavily used, and to date, I have had no
    particular problems or issues with my IE7 installation.

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