Windows Internet Explorer 9 was released on March 14th,
Beta-1 of IE8 was released on March 5th, 2008.
Beta-2 of IE8 was released on August 27th, 2008.
RC-1 of IE8 was
released on January 26th, 2009.
IE8 Final was released on March 19th,
Where can I install IE?
IE7 "Strict" pages fail to render correctly?
IE8 user-agent is blocked?
Click the "Compatibility View" button
in the toolbar.
Tips and tricks
How do I install IE7 over IE8? How do I uninstall IE8?
Use the system Control Panel to remove IE8 (beta or final)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957700/ for more information (or
help topic for Windows Vista).
When you uninstall
IE8, your computer will revert back to whatever version of Internet
Explorer you had previously.
Issue: How can I tell what rendering mode a page is in?
Hit F12. Look at the Developer Tools toolbar or
How can I troubleshoot other problems like crashes or hangs?
Issue: Creating new tabs is slow?
Usually, this is caused by poorly-performing add-ons. Please see
tips for information on running IE8 in No Add-ons mode to verify
which addon is the culprit.
Issue: DHTML Menus on SharePoint or ASP.NET sites appear blank?
A hotfix is available to correct the buggy HTML generated by ASPNET.
Issue: The browser takes a long time (>5 seconds) to start?
This can happen if you have a huge number of sites listed in your
Restricted or Trusted sites zone. Some tools, like "SpyBot Search
& Destroy" will place thousands of sites in these zones if you use their
This may also be caused by poorly-performing add-ons. See above.
Issue: Visual Studio Wizards do not work properly when IE8 is
for the workaround from the Visual Studio team; it consists of setting one
Issue: Inline autocomplete doesn't work in IE's address bar
This was a by-design change; the workaround is to hit SHIFT+ENTER to
automatically open the best match. This gives the closest approximation to
the IE5/6/7 user-experience available in IE8.
Changed in IE9; Inline autocomplete is back and on-by-default!
Issue: When I use the Visual Search Suggestions feature, all images
show as a red-X
While network problems are a potential culprit, we recently determined
that when the user has disabled QuickTabs (inside Tools / Internet Options
/ Tab Settings) GDI+ is not properly initialized and hence the search
suggestion images will not render.
Re-enable QuickTabs to fix this.
Issue: When I hit CTRL+F, a blank white bar appears instead of the
expected "Find" bar
This usually means that some program (e.g. an antispyware) deleted
some important registry keys. Try this:
1> Go to a command prompt (run as Administrator). Enter the
following three commands, one at a time.
- cd \
- regsvr32 oleacc.dll