[Crosspost to IE General] Those with IE7- and/or IE8-specific questions or comments can post to and seek support in IE General newsgroup: microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general On the web: http://www.microsoft.com/communitie...?dg=microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general In your newsreader: news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general Resources: Hyperlinks do not work in Outlook Express after you upgrade to IE7 [and/or IE8] http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929867 No-charge support for Internet Explorer 8 installation, set-up and usage (only) is available via telephone (based on your locale) and has been extended until 02 July 2010. Customers must be running Windows XP or Windows Vista in a non-domain environment. => US & CA Residents: 1-866-234-6020 => Other locales: https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&prid=13043 My personal recommendations include: => Install IE8 manually, not via Windows Update/Automatic Updates!! => http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/worldwide-sites.aspx NB WinXP users: Save the installer to your desktop, do not Run it. When you're prepared to install IE8, double-click on the saved file. NB Vista users: Save the installer to your desktop, do not Run it. When you're prepared to install IE8, right-click on the saved file and select Run as Administator. => Uninstall all third-party toolbars (e.g., Google; Yahoo; Windows Live) and third-party Windows Themes before installing IE8. => Close all open applications (i.e., anything with a taskbar icon) before installing or uninstalling IE8. => I would strongly recommend disabling your anti-virus application and any anti-spyware application's "system protections" (other than Defender's) before installing (or uninstalling) an IE upgrade. If you're running a third-party firewall, I would recommend disabling it and then enabling the Windows Firewall before installing (or uninstalling) an IE upgrade. => Create a Restore Point manually before installing IE8. [Do NOT use System Restore to remove/uninstall IE8; instead, see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957700. Then use the Restore Point prior to reinstalling IE8 per these recommendations. Norton users will need to see http://bertk.mvps.org/html/symantecdoc1.html.] NB WinXP users=> Reboot twice after installing or uninstalling IE8, then go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com | Select CUSTOM and scan | Install any Critical Security Updates offered (i.e., KB976325). If a Root Certificates update is listed in the Optional Updates category, install it to take full advantage of IE's enhanced security. NB Vista users=> Reboot twice after installing or uninstalling IE8, then check-in at Windows Update and install any critical security updates offered. => For best chance of success with IE8, make certain that your anti-virus application version, any anti-spyware applications (other than Defender), and your third-party firewall (if any) are supported in IE8 before you decide install it. -- ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear) MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002 Homer wrote: > I currently am running IE 6 however there are a number of sites that I go > to > frequently that just don't function properly. I would like to upgrade to > IE > 8 but I had such problems with IE 7, especially regarding Outlook Express > that I'm concerned about installing IE 8. I've also read about problems > with IE 8 as well. Is there any justification for my concern?