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Internet Explorer 7 problems
9 January 2007
At BDB Computer Systems we recently experienced various problems
apparently arising from the installation of Internet Explorer 7.
Immediately after allowing Microsoft's automatic update to take place
(replacing IE6 running on Windows XP Professional SP2) it was found that at
various times the whole system slowed down, and at least one specific
application simply ceased to function.
We restored the system back to the Windows Restore Point immediately prior to
the IE7 update and all was well.
Some of our customers have subsequently experienced similar problems.
Fortunately, restoring to a pre-IE7 Restore Point has always seemed to solve these
It seems that once again Microsoft is using us (its long-suffering paying
customers) as guinea pigs and unpaid software testers.
A quick search of the Internet reveals what appears to be many problems being
reported from all over. Not least from Microsoft itself. For example, at
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/aa740486.aspx there is a Microsoft
Release Notes for Internet Explorer 7
These Release Notes give you information about
installing Internet Explorer® 7 and contain information about known issues
and possible workarounds for those issues.
It has to be said that this does not exactly inspire confidence in the
We have no doubt that, in due course, MS will address the more serious issues.
And we are equally sure that there will be many users of IE7 who will experience no
problems and will be more than happy with it.
However, for the time being we believe that, in all conscience, we have to
advise our customers that if you allow Microsoft to update your Internet
Explorer to version 7, then you do so entirely at your own risk. As
with any new piece of software, at the very
least you should be prepared to either uninstall IE7 or to restore
your system back to an earlier point. Of course, if you are an adventurous soul
and have plenty of time in which to experiment and test, then by all means go
You have been warned!