Ok. I confess. I don't use Internet Explorer 8 as my default web browser (in fact, I do not even have it installed on any of my production machines -- I do have Internet Explorer 7 on the Windows boxes). So why am I writing about it?
A client called the other day. His machine was "so slow" he wanted to buy a new computer "now". With a machine about 5 years old, and a keen interest in computing, this seems logical ... right? After all, this keen interest in computing has not only presented some unique challenges over the years ... it is good job security for me.
When Windows7 is in full release and has been out for a few months, we will get this guy a Windows7 machine. Until then, we don't need to do so. Why?
In one of his experimental moods, he installed MSOffice2007 while still running WindowsXP SP2. He allowed WindowsXP SP3 to load on the machine and has installed all of the MSOffice2007 updates -- and Internet Explorer 8. Concerned about the resource load on his machine, a couple of weeks ago, he uninstalled MSOffice2007. His machine started freezing ... Microsoft (and Windows) Update no longer ran ... etc. He though it was related to Firefox3 so downloaded Safari and uninstalled Firefox.
Ok, here's the fun. The MSOffice2007 uninstall removed many components of IE8. Admit it or not, Microsoft does have an interdependent relationship between Internet Explorer and its operating system Explorer function.
So if this is happening to you ...
1. I downloaded the IE8 setup (which took quite a while to run).
2. Just for grins, I installed Google's Chrome which is now using as his default browser.
I was able to then successfuly cleanup, defrag, and backup his machine (did I mention, Norton Ghost had started erroring out when trying to backup)?
The moral of the story ...
Some programs don't want to be uninstalled.
Update: 1/11/2010 -- By way of disclosure, I now have Internet Explorer 8 on one of my production machines. It is moving quite stably, though I had to update some of the add-ins (like google translator) manually.