I have a laptop that has Windows XP installed. I am working with Internet
Explorer 6. Should I update to IE7? Some people told me there are a lot of
problems with 7. I keep getting pop ups to upgrade. Should I?
I’m a little concerned about those popups, but my short answer is yes, I
believe that it is now safe to do so.
In fact, you might have to at some point.
Let’s review how you should prepare, and how you should upgrade…
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IE7 has been out for over a year now and while it has some user interface
differences that I find a little annoying, it appears to be quite stable and
usable for most people. Certainly no mater what browser you use, there will
always be a few people who have a problem; that’s not unique to IE7. By and
large IE7 seems to be doing quite ok.
Like I said, I’m a little concerned that you’re getting a pop-up. I’m
actually unaware of any pop-up notification for the IE7 upgrade, but I could be
wrong. I would not click on that popup to perform the upgrade, that’s
get used to.”
I would, however, take these steps:
Back up. Back up your entire system. This is just good
practice whenever you’re about to perform a major upgrade. IE7 definitely
qualifies as “major” simply because IE is such an integral part of Windows.
Set a Restore Point. I actually have very mixed feelings
about restore points, since they don’t restore everything people expect them
to, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to set one before your install. (Even though,
I believe, the install will also automatically set a restore point.)
Visit the Windows Update
web site. There you will see a list of available updates, both
critical and non-critical, that are available for your machine. IE7 should be
one of them. Select it and proceed with the installation.
After you’ve installed IE7 you’ll have a few changes to get used to. The
location of some of the commonly used controls have changed, for example.
You’ll also have an opportunity to begin using “tabbed browsing”, a convenient
way to keep multiple web sites open in the browser without having to have many,
many browser windows open.
You’ll note that I mentioned above that at some point you might have to
upgrade to IE7. The rumor (and it is only a rumor, to my best knowledge) is
that the IE7 upgrade will become mandatory at some point and that IE6 will no
longer be supported.
On a personal note, while I have installed IE7 on my machines, I actually
run Firefox as my primary browser. It’s somewhat safer, and I find many of the
extensions available for Firefox very useful. I still use IE7 for a handful of
web sites that still require it.