Let me preface this by saying I've never personally owned a computer and have used ones owned by others, so I've never personally upgraded a version of Internet Explorer to a newer one.
The computer I am running now, on Windows Vista, is using an out-of-date browser (IE 7). I am thinking of updating it, but I don't know which version is best for Vista and I have some general questions, since as mentioned beforehand, I have no done it myself before.
When an upgrade is made, will settings be lost? Security settings, Privacy settings, and so forth, when you click on Tools (Assuming newer versions still are done that way).
I know this could fall under the above paragraph, but I just want to make sure. I've over time put together a pretty good list of sites to block cookies from (Tools > Privacy > Sites) and I certainly wouldn't want to lose that list and would want to save it beforehand.
One of the most frustrating things is learning that cookies keep getting moved around and even hidden and you have to find them almost like you were an e-Sherlock if you didn't want to empty them all and only certain cookie files. Will it still be in the same folder on the computer? A newed IE version doesn't move it, does it?
A new version, be it 9, 10, or 11, won't leave having to be forcefull upgrading other things or lose them, will it? For example Adobe: in the past I have unthoughtingly just upgraded it, this time I more thoroughly read what I am agreeing to and I found three things in there I found so stunningly odd, I could not agree to them, leaving me unable to update it.
Am I missing anything I need to address when considering an upgrade?
And yes, I know the constant battle between people always suggesting other browsers over IE, but at this time I choose to stick with IE for some reasons.