I have had to do a clean install of XP and IE8 on two older laptops. Tried to connect to Microsoft Downloads to reinstall updates etc but without success ("Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage")
I was concerned that Automatic Updates would not work as it relies on IE (not that they are offering support anymore...). I have tried EVERYTHING I can find online and am starting to wonder if it is a new Microsoft policy to kill older software? If I follow the "Diagnose problems wizard"" it tells me it cannot get an http, https or FTP connection. Here are some interesting symptoms:
IE8 won't display the microsoft https sites - but Chrome on the same computer will do so (so not wifi, router etc? Not computer per se? must be an issue unique to IE8?)
Same symptoms on both computers
If I manually change the https to http in the address bar it works on IE8 (issue with security? With IE8?)
I've tried SSL cache, internet history, hosts file replacement, clean boot reload, winsock, compatibility view, browser history, add-ons, reset settings, default security settings, date and time, sfc, re-registered dll, trusted sites, restricted sites, SSL 2.0 and 3.0, and probably lots of other things....aaaargggghhh.
I'm kinda expecting someone to say "oh, sorry, didn't anyone tell you...microsoft disabled https access for ancient IE8 in April 2014...no fix" but at this point it would just be a relief to know why it doesn't work, and that I am not totally crazy!!
Any offers of help, ideas, pure genius, all gratefully accepted...