IE 7 Warning

Norm and I both run Windows XP machines and we are happy with that for the most part. I do a lot of website design work so I have multiple browsers installed on my computer and I primarily use Firefox 2.0 as my browser of choice. When the new IE 7 came out I decided not to install it on my machine because I needed to be able to review website designs in IE 6 since IE 7 has not been around long enough for it to be utilized on a majority of computers. Norm chose to update his computer to IE 7 sometime last week and we also updated another one of our working computers to IE 7. Well on Friday and Saturday we noticed some intermittent problems with our Internet connection, especially on Norm’s computer. We have all of our computers networked and mine is the main one. Long story short — we lost Internet connectivity completely on Saturday afternoon. Qwest said they didn’t know what was going on so they had a repair man come out early Sunday morning. He got things working again and said that there was nothing wrong with the lines coming into our home, so any problems we were experiencing had to do with the network configuration on our computers. Norm’s computer and the other computer could not get on the Internet at all. We were going to have to get someone out to the house to examine our network set up. I was not looking forward to that since it can be quite costly.

Norm and I decided it must have something to do with the only thing we had changed recently — IE 7. After consulting with my brother (our unofficial network guy) via web cam we decided to uninstall IE 7 from Norm’s computer and the other working computer. Suffice it to say everything is hunky-dory now with our network. Hooray! Poor Norm was going through Internet withdrawal since he could only log on to the Internet with my computer. Sure, we share computers around here, but only to a point!

So I’m writing this post as a warning to others out there who may be considering upgrading to IE 7. Do so with caution because there must be some bugs that haven’t been worked out yet. Déjà vu? Seems like we’ve encountered that before with stuff coming out of Seattle. LOL


  1. Garrett O'Hara
    Dec 5, 2006

    I typically use the IETab extension for Firefox whenever I need to see a page in IE. Saves much time and Microsoft headaches.

  2. Paul Katz
    Jan 1, 2007

    I downloaded IE 7, the computer ran slower which I did not mind but the printer printed only 1/2 a page. After uninstalling IE 7 the computer ran faster and the printer worked.