IE 7 creates more problems than it solves for users, Dont
by educateme - 1/6/07 9:55 AM
In Reply to: Desktop Icons by phildo49
When you allow the auto-update of critical patches from Microsoft you will likely get slipped the IE7 update and then the fun begins. This browser luckily can be un-installed from Add/Remove programs, which is what you should do as soon as you find out you got the unexpected upgrade.
IE7 has a new icon, logo, and a whole new menu bar and design that looks foreigh to anyone who used IE6 or IE5 thru the years. Microsoft made IE7 to catch up to Firefox, which it doesnt quite do, and then made some UI changes that will confound new and old users alike. The best part of IE7, Tabs, can be installed into IE6 with the FoxIE plugin for IE6, then youll have Tabs.
As for IE7 and what it does to your system, it does break Link icons you might have to sites on your desktop, it changes the Icons to generic IE icons, and it also has a tendency to alter the Video display driver characteristics of the Windows XP OS, leaving video artifacts and blank gray areas on your screen when you open menus or close windows. If you use QuickBooks or other programs that are built to use the older IE6 rendering engine and HTML display components in XP you might also find irregular looking displays of the menus and buttons of those programs.
Overall, IE7 is a forward hack by MSFT to try to get caught up to Firefox while also giving XP some of the dopey UI look of Vista, while all it really does is serve MSFT to make it look like they cared about improving the browser to stop Windows users from going to Firefox, and unfortunately they failed at making it good, and many ISVs who make Windows apps that use IE6 are going to spend a lot of time trying to fix programs that worked fine until IE7 came out.
Install IE7 at your own risk, unless you have an afternoon to waste learning how to circumvent the many changes it makes, and ultimately uninstalling it once you see it has little merit.
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