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Old 08-30-2008, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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OK: as many of you know; my Mac Mini died about a month ago and I replaced it with an H-P machine running Windows Vista 64 bit. Remember I have a 2.4 Gig Dual Core CPU and 4 Gig of RAM along with a 500 GB hard drive.

Sometimes said Vista gets 'pissy' as in Internet Explorer locking up, etc.

Would a clean install of a new copy of Vista help or; would I be better off installing Firefox?

Too; I do have a Key Code copy of Win XP SP 2 stashed away.

Thoughts, anyone?
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:47 AM
 
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Install the XP. Dump any copy of IExplorer. Install Firefox. Only alternative is to go Linux.

Life is good.
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Old 08-30-2008, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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Install the XP. Dump any copy of IExplorer. Install Firefox. Only alternative is to go Linux.

Life is good.
Thank you for the tip.

I went ahead and downloaded/installed Firefox and, it really seemed to perk up the speed of my machine---------to Apple OS levels.

Firefox seems to 'play well' with Vista so I will leave well enough alone for the interim.
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Old 08-30-2008, 03:18 PM
 
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With Firefox you can install an add-on for an IExp tab. You can instruct that tab to load an IExp rendering engine. Those half built web pages that respond to IExp only rather than Firefox also will load properly. Seems like it's mostly local government pages.
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Old 08-30-2008, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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Thank you for the tip.

I went ahead and downloaded/installed Firefox and, it really seemed to perk up the speed of my machine---------to Apple OS levels.

Firefox seems to 'play well' with Vista so I will leave well enough alone for the interim.
Under Vista the Windows IE, Explorer, and Control Panel among others every once in awhile will hang up and then shut itself down to restart. This sometimes happens after "updates." I usually go to the restore function and that cures it. And yes, Firefox does work well, and Realtime Video player, in Vista.
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Old 08-30-2008, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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Under Vista the Windows IE, Explorer, and Control Panel among others every once in awhile will hang up and then shut itself down to restart. This sometimes happens after "updates." I usually go to the restore function and that cures it. And yes, Firefox does work well, and Realtime Video player, in Vista.
Question: is there any way to defeat the default to Internet Explorer whenever I click on the 'Windows Messenger' icon on the tool tray, then click on 'E mail inbox'? I would like to have Firefox be my default browser there as well--------------IE sucks.
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I wouldn't get rid of IE inless I was getting rid of Windows. I think you need IE for WIN downloads at times, and also for certain sites, like crucial.com for RAM or some other sites for online scanners and so forth.

I was just curious what version of IE you have. I was thinking maybe you could go back to an earlier version to see what happens. Then maybe you could go back to the newer one...something like that.
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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Question: is there any way to defeat the default to Internet Explorer whenever I click on the 'Windows Messenger' icon on the tool tray, then click on 'E mail inbox'? I would like to have Firefox be my default browser there as well--------------IE sucks.
Just click on start button at bottom left corner and type in search box at bottom "default programs," then select "set your default programs" to switch to Firefox instead of IE. Not sure if this works on Windows Messenger as I never use it.
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Old 08-31-2008, 09:48 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Question: is there any way to defeat the default to Internet Explorer whenever I click on the 'Windows Messenger' icon on the tool tray, then click on 'E mail inbox'? I would like to have Firefox be my default browser there as well--------------IE sucks.
If you want to make Firefox your default browser (not recommended), start Firefox, go to Tools|Options and look on the advanced tab for the Check Now button.
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Old 08-31-2008, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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If you want to make Firefox your default browser (not recommended)
Why not?
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