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Microsoft Locking XP SP3 Users To IE8

September 1st, 2008 13:46 pm | by Ed |

A couple of days ago Microsoft made an announcement to warn users that if they installed IE8 Beta 1 prior to updating Windows XP to SP3 that they could be stuck with both SP3 and IE8 if they upgrade IE8 to the Beta 2 version release on 8/28/08.

According to a Computerworld article, the good news is that there is a way to avoid getting stuck in a situation where you cannot remove this particular bit of modern furniture that Microsoft wants to see on every computer desktop. The bad news is that in typical Microsoft fashion, it's a royal PITA.

If you absolutely MUST "Upgrade" to IE8 Beta 2 and don't want to be "stuck" with it and unable to remove it or SP3, then the thing to do is uninstall SP3, then uninstall IE8 Beta1, re-install SP3 and then install IE8 Beta 2.

Do this right and you have the ability to reverse it. Do it wrong and the only fix will be re-installing XP from scratch and doing everything over. (talk about a five star PITA!)

Apparently Vista users have even more issues with IE8 Beta 2. Of course the whole thing is moot if you make the better choice of using Firefox, Seamonkey, Opera or any of several other browsers instead of any version of IE. I would go ahead and keep IE6 because there are some annoying programs that insist on using IE for some functions but I can't see any good reason to upgrade past that.

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  1. Alex on 06.09.2008 at 18:14 (Reply)

    You should upgrade to IE 7 at least. IE 6 has too many security flaws to be used.

    Or avoid it altogether by switching to Firefox. :D

    1. Ed on 06.09.2008 at 23:38 (Reply)

      My opinion would be using Firefox instead of IE anything. The only reason I ever use IE is for the occasional app that uses parts of it or to test a (local off the network) page.

  2. James on 21.09.2008 at 15:10 (Reply)

    Ye use Chrome or Firefox 3. IE is only for people that enjoy frustration.

    Jamess last blog post..Hard drive speed

  3. CLEETUS JONAS on 27.09.2008 at 03:59 (Reply)

    Any body know how to unhide hidden folder i am using XP SP3. I tried attrib -s -h etc.

    also tried “my computer” menu “Tools” tab “View” select “Show hidden files – ON”



    1. Ed on 30.09.2008 at 00:32 (Reply)

      You should be able to do it with attrib -r -s -h foldername. I just used that command to unhide a folder and it worked.

      The trick is that there are three attributes that you need to turn off: read only (-r), system (-s) and hidden (-h).

      Use the same arguments with plus signs instead of minus signs to turn them back on:
      attrib +r +s +h foldername

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