Sorry for the delay in replying to your last post but, sometimes "life intervenes"!! (There's actually a bumper sticker that says it better "Sh#$ Happens!", but I was trying to clean it up here for the more sensitive viewers!)
In response to removing IE8, I caution against it. (I know this is contrary to my last post but, I was p. o.'d at the entire situation at the time.) I'm sure there are many others who will disagree. But, my first reason for keeping IE8 is Microsoft's updates. I have experienced failed updates if I try to use a browser other that the "great & powerful Wizard's" browser to access their
update site. (By the way, IE7 works just as well for Microsoft Updates and doesn't seem to have as many problems.)
My second reason is personal preference. I do like IE8 and, occasionally use it. I also keep it as my default browser. Why? No clue! Just never changed it.
I use Firefox as my main browser. I've never tried Safari. There was a time when I kept seeing articles about Safari having more security weaknesses as compared to Firefox. I don't know if that is true today or not. I haven't researched Safari for some time. Opera was another browser that I heard was good but, like Safari, was reported to have more security risks than Firefox. Again, I've not researched it for some time. Most, if not all of the issue may have been corrected by now.
So, my advice is to either get IE8 cleaned up and working or use IE7 for Microsoft Updates. However, if you are able to keep Windows updated using Safari, then ignore my advice. There is a VERY good chance that I've just never learned how to use a non-MS browser to get my updates.
By the way, I'm also one of those that turns Microsoft's Automatic Updates off completely! I chose to manually review any updates and decide what to download and install and when. I have had one or two occasions where I've installed a "Critical Update for XP" (according to MS) and had conflicts that were difficult to diagnose. Then, after pulling my last few hairs out trying to find the problem, I found that MS knew about the problem for quite a while and had issued a fix which removed the update as unnecessary. (OK. Then why was it "CRITICAL"!) That fix is great for those who already have the problem, but you would think they would have made a correction to the update to stop the rest of us from having to deal with it in the future!!
Sorry for the "soap boxing". My bad for being
!! As you can tell, I'm not Microsoft's biggest fan.
& hope this helps.
Edited by StartingOver, 11 April 2010 - 10:54 AM.