Monthly Microsoft Patch Hides Tricky IE 7 Download

For some people who ran Microsoft's January 2007 security and products updates, including me, clicking on the familiar gold shield icon was not much different from getting suckered into opening an e-mail message infected with a virus or a worm Trojan. That's because unless you checked before you clicked, you were unwittingly giving permission for Microsoft to install Internet Explorer 7.0. And in too many cases, users are experiencing application crashes or Web site incompatibilities that are rendering IE 7 and your computer useless for Web browsing.

I found that IE 7 totally refused to work on my machine. It crashed every time I launched it, without a single message or word on what caused the problem. I was left angry and frustrated, thinking that I was effectively cut off from the Web and all my favorite links unless I could figure out a quick way to dump IE 7 and safely restore version 6. Since as far as I knew, IE 7 had permanently overwritten my IE 6 installation, I felt no initial confidence that I could restore my machine to its previous configuration. As a result, Microsoft's misguided attempt to get people to upgrade to IE 7, whether they wanted to or not, has likely caused lasting mistrust of the latest version of the browser. It certainly has for me.

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I prefer the GUI of IE 6.however been using IE7 for quite a while and it's a better drive.

Yes, M$ have been putting IE on windows update for a long time.

It doesn't surprise me at all that people will have issues using IE7....so listening to the endless "I don't have issues so why are you bitching about it" is getting old....damn near as old as the browser vs browser discussion.

What does surprise me, is an avid Windows user not knowing how to wipe the system clean of IE 7 and go back to 6!

Add/Remove programs...uninstall IE7. Reboot. Add/Remove Programs, Add/Remove Windows Components, uncheck and remove Internet Explorer. Reboot. Go back and recheck the box, and have your XP CD ready to use if needed.

Works like a charm.

The part that killed me was where a busted IE7 locked him out of the internet.

...backup browser, anyone? Anyone? Install Firefox if just for this. To have a small, compact, unobtrusive browser politely waiting in case you need to use it.

Indeed. Ok, he found out that IE really sucks, I'll give him dibs on that, but that's nothing new.
He should better use a real browser like Firefox or even better Opera.

I've been using IE 7 since early beta and had absolutely no issues. It has been a dream. Not that I would want to, but I have been unable to install it due to the fact that I routinely delete patch backups to save space. Why bother whining about this and instead of downloading Firefox or some such since he obviously has no interest in or ability to make IE 7 work?

And in just a few seconds we've found out that this guy has as much knowledge as a bananna.

Oh yes and blame Microsoft. That makes you look real adult.

IE7 works fine. It's worked fine for me since beta. If you can't handle a new web browser then you obviously aren't running your computer very well and probably opened a few too many of those virus infected e-Mails you were talking about, huh?

"are rendering IE 7 and your computer useless for Web browsing."
Only in a country of free speech coudl such garbage be allowed to spew forth from someone's mouth.

I hope someone showed him that fancy Add/Remove Programs Control Panel before he had a nervous breakdown.

Next time, when your computer asks if you want to install IE 7 click 'No' and save us all your cry fest.

User Error.

That's all I have to say. If the user does not care enough to check what batch of updates Windows/Microsoft Update wants to install or set their settings accordingly so it will not automatically install things and they just click on the on the tray icon and let it run in the background and they just continue with their tasks, I'd hardly call it a sneaky attempt from Microsoft to force IE7 onto you.
Now they can see how they deal with the consequences of their ignorance. Bitching around and pointing fingers won't fix anything though.

My mom came into my room like a week ago with her laptop and she was like "Internet explorer is totally different." This told me 2 things... 1 she realized something was up, and 2 she is keeping up with her windows updates :D

I gave her a quick tutorial on how to use the tabs and the alt key to get her menus and she kinda figured out the rest. There have been no complaints otherwise. I always find it interesting when people who "think" they know what they are talking about write articles that scare the people who definitely don't know what they are talking about out of upgrading.

One of these days I'm going to start a blog that explains modern technology and security to people, without laying down FUD on noobs.

Not only that, but how hard was it to go to the "Add or Remove Programs" in the control panel and *gasp oh noez* removing "Windows Internet Explorer 7"

The guy clearly has no clue what he's doing.

How long ago did Microsoft say that Internet Explorer 7 would be pushed through Automatic Updates? That was months ago. Around the same time, they also made it well known that if you didn't want it installed you could install the IE 7 Blocker Toolkit.

The guy writes about computers and didn't know any of this?

One last thing

Internet Explorer 7 has been on Automatic/Microsoft Update for a while now and he's just now updating his computer?

I found that IE 7 totally refused to work on my machine. It crashed every time I launched it, without a single message or word on what caused the problem. I was left angry and frustrated, thinking that I was effectively cut off from the Web and all my favorite links unless I could figure out a quick way to dump IE 7 and safely restore version 6.

The article is crap besides this which is actually a problem I have encountered as have others. For me to get around it I had to reenable a stack of services I had previously disabled because I didnt need them. For some reason IE required one service to be enabled on the first run (not subsequent runs).

I really dont know if thats the same issue, it may well not be but the symptons are the same as what I was getting. For all I know the issue I described above has been addressed. Im not aware what service it was causing the issue but, I didnt have the patience to do them one by one to see.

This guy is an idiot.

Why would you experience horror at having an update, having just clicked on a button that you know updates your computer?

Why click it? If you don't want any updates, then just turn automatic updates off, and wait for you computer to get spywared the hell out of...

It's probably due to a crappy toolbar - which obviously is down to user stupidity, not down to Microsoft.

Can't wait till Vista is out properly, and people forget their admin passwords, then we won't have to deal with these morons, as there won't be any more people installing software/updates that they don't understand...

I can't see many major sites having issues with IE7, MS published information on the changes ages before they released it.

So if a site works in IE6 but not 7, get onto the webmaster.

I cant agree with the article, my machine did a windows update automaticlly, and then displayed a very clear dialog asking my permission to install IE7 or not, with yes and no buttons.

Also has this guy never heard of System Restore?

Probably his issues are down to a crappy toolbar extension.

haha?
Idiot should have checked what he's downloading rather than blindy accepting whatever.

As a result, Microsoft's misguided attempt to get people to upgrade to IE 7, whether they wanted to or not

See above. Its hardly MS's fault

cheesegoduk said,
haha?
Idiot should have checked what he's downloading rather than blindy accepting whatever.
:rolleyes:

He got IE7 through the security update feature of Windows, and as there are a great amount of updates people don't usually check every single one. Luring IE7 onto people PCs as a "Security Update" is considered malware practice. Only this time you don't pay for it by browsing history and pop-up ads, you pay for it by strenghtening Microsofts monopoly and when you buy a new PC it will have Vista bundled.

I'm still waiting for an EU ruling forcing Microsoft to remove most full-featured applications from Windows so people can buy them over disk or Internet and actually have a choice. An ability to download and buy them from Windows Update should be removed, incase Microsoft would be bundling an "Windows Catalog" like thing. Microsoft has proven themselves untrustworthy and everyone should have equal chance. Linux and Mac is bundling lots of programs, but they don't have 50% market share or more (monopoly), yet.

GamblerFEXonlin said,
I'm still waiting for an EU ruling forcing Microsoft to remove most full-featured applications from Windows so people can buy them over disk or Internet and actually have a choice. An ability to download and buy them from Windows Update should be removed, incase Microsoft would be bundling an "Windows Catalog" like thing. Microsoft has proven themselves untrustworthy and everyone should have equal chance. Linux and Mac is bundling lots of programs, but they don't have 50% market share or more (monopoly), yet.

So you’re the ass who we have to thank for Windows XP N Edition, that did really well didn't it! Pretty much the only thing I've seen about sales since it was released is user’s complaining about it having a lot of the features of Windows XP missing!

People do "actually have a choice", they can change whenever they want, if your suggesting your average user can make an informed decision on which browser to use if IE wasn't bundled then they can make that same decision with it bundled.

IE 7 provides a lot of usability and security upgrades. Since IE6 is provided with windows it makes sense to automatically upgrade it to IE7 as this will potentially help secure the system. IE7 doesn't force itself upon you as the default browser when it installs it honours your settings.

"buy them from Windows Update should be removed", you pay for your updates?

"Linux and Mac is bundling lots of programs, but they don't have 50% market share or more (monopoly), yet", hypocrite. If Microsoft were bundling Office and their games then I would agree with you, but an internet browser is a base requirement and what other "full-featured applications” are you talking about? Paint? :P The only one that comes to mind is Media Player and the people have spoken with their wallets on that one with N edition.

And BTW, no my new PC won't be bundled with Vista, but I will be buying it to put on there. Personally I like it when things like brand new graphics subsystems are put in and the network stack is rewritten for greater performance, I don’t know about you but I bet the average user (who could always buy a Mac) will be happy with Vista. And as for Linux, great for geeks and business use, pants for the average home user, I have no quarms with Linux except it is not ready for everyday comsumption by your average user home user.