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.NET Hobbyist Programmer Staying Confused in a Busy World

IE8 Beta 1 now available here.

My initial experience with this version was not good.  As soon as I viewed my Favorites and started to mouse over the list, the browser crashed.  Every time.  After the fifth or sixth time, I uninstalled it and returned to IE7.

After downloading a new copy, I reinstalled.  It still crashed.  Then I started the browser without add-ons.  (Right click the Desktop icon and choose "Start Without Add-ons.")  No crashes when viewing Favorites.

Ah hah.  I went in and pruned down the list of add-ons.  I was surprised at how many things had crept into the list.  A couple of companies got turned off entirely: InstallShield (2), Symantec (6), Groove Alliance (1).  I also disabled a couple of duplicates and some strange things I never used.  In the end, I had stuff from Adobe, Apple, Sun, Microsoft, and a few others.  After restarting in normal mode, I had no more crashes.

I am not sure of the precise culprit, although Eric Law hints on the IE Blog that it may be the Sonic Solutions Drive Letter Access (part of the Roxio CD/DVD burning software which I got from Dell) and disabled in the browser.  I wondered why InstallShield and Symantec needed such a browser presence.  I will see what complains as I work and if things seem faster.

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Posted on Saturday, March 8, 2008 11:21 PM Software | Back to top


Comments on this post: IE8 Beta 1 - Fixing the Favorites Crashes

# re: IE8 Beta 1 - Fixing the Favorites Crashes
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There are 2 options either to start by Start--->Accessories--->System Tools--->IE without Addons or incase you are frequently using favourites try to disable the Drive letter access Add on by going in Manage Add ons
Left by Sunny Rattan on Aug 30, 2008 12:10 AM

# re: IE8 Beta 1 - Fixing the Favorites Crashes
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I can confirm Sonic Solutions Drive Letter Access is the culprit. Having read you comments it is the only Add On I disabled and it resolved the issue/
Left by Dan O'Connor on Sep 03, 2008 7:35 PM

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