If you could go back in time, would you still install IE 7.2 Beta?

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Georgew6, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. Georgew6

    Georgew6 Guest

    I am no techie but do like to install the newest versions of software that is
    important to me as a heavy user. I only have one PC with IE 6 SP2 running as
    best it ever will. Having put up with one crash, uninstall and install, I
    would hate to do it again. Should I give the latest Beta a try? Do I need to
    back up my entire computer, prior to the download? I look forward to your
    informed opinions.
    Georgew6, Apr 30, 2006
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  2. I suppose it depends how important the one PC is to you. If you're using it
    for business and it's your only PC, I would steer clear.

    For what it's worth, I've installed it on three machines. It works OK (with
    the odd bug that you'd expect of any piece of beta software) on two of them,
    but on the third, IE won't load at all.

    Oli Restorick [MVP], Apr 30, 2006
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    Ray Guest

    most important thing is to make sure that you have scanned with uptodate
    antivirus and spyware software. Same rules apply when installing sp2 for
    xp. Google desktop is not liking ie7beta2 at all, so if you cant live
    without google desktop, disable indexing and should work ok. Have to agree
    with Oli, if it's a work or production pc, steer clear till the final
    release. I work for customer support for microsoft and we use IE6 on all
    our production machines, however we do have crash boxes with IE7 installed
    to help recreate customers problems.
    Ray, Apr 30, 2006
  4. Georgew6

    Mark Guest

    I would strongly advise against installing IE 7. Though many people seem to
    have no problems, you only need to look through the postings here to see how
    many people are having problems, some minor some serious.

    I installed the Beta 2 preview couple of months ago. While it did have some
    nice features, it was too buggy in too many areas. When I realised it was
    causing problems with Visual Studio .Net (I'm a developer), I immediately
    uninstalled it. All up, I had it installed about a week.

    With the recent release of the Beta 2, I thought I would give it another
    try. Big mistake. I found that it couldn't stand on its own two legs if it
    tried. To me, this build is buggier than the last. All up, I had it installed
    under an hour.

    Until MS proves that its new browser works reliably (and it has a LONG way
    to go on that!!), avoid it like the plague. Use Firefox if you want tabbed
    browsing/security/modern browser. Use IE 6 otherwise.

    Personally, I've always used IE, and still want to. But I'm really losing
    faith in IE 7. I hope that MS can get it together on this, but frankly I'm
    not holding my breath at this point. I'm not actually a big firefox fan, but
    it's looking like I may have to bite the bullet on this and leave IE behind.
    Mark, May 1, 2006
  5. Georgew6

    Georgew6 Guest

    Thanks to everyone who answered. You helped me. I will wait until things
    calm down and MS IE 7 Beta loses the Beta. I thought this would be the
    answer, but wanted to be sure. If I had another PC to just fool around with,
    that would be OK for me, but I don't want this PC that I am using to crash or
    even confound me. Thanks again.
    Georgew6, May 1, 2006
  6. I think most of the problems have to do with other stuff installed on the OS
    that interferes with IE7 or changes files that IE7 depends on, not
    necessarily IE7 itself. Or, at least, that's what I've come to believe.
    Chris Cost
    Rous and Associates, L.L.C.
    Computer Consultants for Arizona
    Rous and Associates, May 1, 2006
  7. Not unless you have everything important backsup and are prepared to format
    the drive and reinstall everything.

    Beta means

    Another program

    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM
    Please respond in Newsgroup. Do not send email
    Protect your PC
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE, May 1, 2006
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    SeaShel Guest

    I had it in for one whole day when the first Beta was released a few months
    ago. I can't stand having all that space taken up at the top of the browser
    window by all the menus, toolbars, and address bars...stuff that I could
    move around and/or remove in IE6.

    I had no trouble uninstalling it and going back to IE6.

    For this latest Beta, I found out that nothing in that area had changed, so
    I didn't bother trying it again. Today I downloaded Firefox and am giving
    it a whirl.
    SeaShel, May 1, 2006
  9. Georgew6

    Geo Guest

    I can be very brief.
    1. I made an image of my C: drive first (that's a must - believe me).
    2. I installed IE7 beta 2 (no problems whatsoever on my machine).
    3. I got used to the new GUI (don't say too fast that you don't like it
    because it's different).
    4. I'm NOT going back to IE6

    IE7 beta 2 is already a marvelous browser ! This is absolutely promissing
    for the final release !
    Geo, May 3, 2006
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