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Old 12-01-2008, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Northern VA
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I'm gonna go ahead and keep it. I'm glad this thread came back up b/c I was thinking of deleting it.
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I could be mistaken, but I'd heard it said several times in a Cnet forum that it was needed for security updates,but at the time, it had to do with XP or under. I'd be happy to be corrected, though, since I don't like spreading incorrect information.
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:56 PM
 
Location: kcmo
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It's mis-information is my very experienced/educated guess.. but the only way to prove it is try for yourself.. (I'm too lazy) remove IE use a 3rd party tool and then see if the automatic windows update in System (control panel) doesn't work..
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Actually, there is a way to remove IE's icon from your desktop (does NOT remove IE from your computer) so that it doesn't show up if you never intend to use it:

Start | Settings | Control Panel | Add or Remove Programs. On the left side panel, select Add/Remove Windows Components. In the window that pops us, remove the check mark next to Internet Explorer and click the Next button. Once the message that the operation was successful (or similar wording) appears, OK your way out.

I personally keep both IE and Firefox icons on my desktop. About the only time I use IE is for my ISP (Time Warner Cable) streaming Internet radio (doesn't work too well in Firefox).

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