slow speeds after uninstalling IE7 and re-installing IE6

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by stevenski, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. stevenski

    stevenski Guest

    I installed IE7 on recommendation of Windows Update. It wouldnt connect so I
    uninstalled it(also having read many horror stories), and it automatically
    re-installed IE6. However, this left me with these 2 problems:
    1. Slow connection speeds: initially, VERY slow after rebooting when I make
    first 'net(IE6) connection-homepage loads very slowly; then still fairly slow
    loading individual webpages. I note that the page display slowly-in bits.
    Before attempted installation of IE7, my speeds were good: I have a broadband
    modem, and my ISP is Telewest Blueyonder.
    2. Slow connexion to Outlook express.

    I tried all the following remedies and diagnostics:
    1. switching off, then on again, my modem. Speeds no faster.

    2. My ISP helped me run the standard tests on download speed and transfer
    rates, which are actually slightly higher than normal for my type of
    broadband connexion. So its not a problem with the iSP or the net connection
    itself.

    3. I created a restore point to before I attempted to install IE7; again, no
    return to the original fast speeds or the quick connexion to Outlook.

    4. The ISP helped me check if the problem was that bits of IE7 were still
    installed in my system files. I looked-there is nothing there. They came up
    with a likely(it seems to me too) conclusion that bits of IE6 may not have
    been re-configured or re-installed properly. How do I check this and what can
    I do about it?.

    5. My ISP also suggested that i see if my McAfee Security programmes(I only
    have VirusScan and Firewall) were thinking IE7, or parts of it, were still
    installed. I disabled the VS but the 'net and Outlook connection and download
    speeds stayed slow. I am very loathe to disable the Firewall, but am open to
    suggestions if there could be a possible clash here.

    6. I have installed firefox 2.0 . Kept IE6 as default browser. speeds are no
    faster.

    I am, in no circumstances, willing to attempt to re-install IE7(as it is so
    heavily problematic), but want to keep IE6 as it was very efficient till the
    attempted installation of the demon IE7.

    I am loathe to do a full restore to original factory settings or to change
    my 'net connexion settings but, again, will have to consider these options if
    appropriate/necessary.

    I will be glad of any ideas. Thanks
    Steve
     
    stevenski, Nov 11, 2006
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  2. 1) Reduce the size of your IE cache to 50 to 150 Meg at the most. I'm
    betting, if you check, it'll be a Gig or more, far too large for IE to
    handle.

    <historical info> IE used to set cache size to a percentage of disk size.
    With the advent of larger disks, that cache has gotten so large as to be
    unuseable. IE7 reduces the size of the cache to a more manageable level in
    most circumstances. </historical info>

    2) Do not use the "automatically" option for checking for new versions of
    Web pages. It has always been buggy and will *always* lead to IE failing in
    the way you describe eventually.

    3) After emptying your cache and reducing its size, run a scandisk/defrag
    of your system in safe mode.

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    Sandi - Microsoft MVP, Nov 11, 2006
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  3. stevenski

    KEBABEATER Guest

    Have tried all this and still no joy. Clearly there are many user who have
    installed ie7, uninstalled it as per your instructions but still getting
    ridiculously slow reponse times from their pcs. Not just using ie but trying
    to boot-up the pc takes 10 minutes now as opposed to less than 1 minute prior
    to ie7. HOW DO WE GET OUT PCS BACK TO NORMAL OR ARE MICROSOFT GOING TO START
    FOOTING THE BILL TO EVERY USER WHO'S PC IS NOW UNUSABLE!!
     
    KEBABEATER, Dec 14, 2006
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