firefox vs. ie
Posted 09 November 2006 - 07:44 PM
Posted 09 November 2006 - 08:47 PM
Posted 09 November 2006 - 08:50 PM
Posted 10 November 2006 - 02:35 AM
If you would truly like to rid yourself of IE you should check out nlite. It allows you to customize your XP install so that it has what you want and you can make it install unattended.
Posted 10 November 2006 - 10:08 AM
Posted 10 November 2006 - 12:44 PM
It's a deployment tool and free. I've used it to trim the things I don't like in XP like WMP, support for foreign languages, visual styles(XP theme), OE, and yes IE. Windows Explore will function without IE. You can leave the IE core if want to run a browser like Maxthon or Avant.
You would be suprised what you can strip out of XP and still have a very functional OS. Look at Bart's PE. It will load a XP environment from CD/DVD, USB thumb drive or can be installed to HD as a rescue partition.
Oh, you can always update your windows the way network administrator does and download them your self or use Autopatcher like I do to update the XP machines I have.
Edited by silverbeard, 10 November 2006 - 12:54 PM.
Posted 10 November 2006 - 01:45 PM
I have no doubt that someone with your level of experience can use nlite productively, but it's a powerful tool, and a user without your skills could really bork a computer. Thanks for the link- I think I'll play with it on my laptop, just for fun.
Posted 11 November 2006 - 08:07 PM
There is a way to remove Internet Explorer from Windows, but it's not worth the hassle. Whether or not you realize it, you actually do need IE; it's used throughout Windows. For example, Outlook, Word, Windows Explorer--basically any apps that need to render HTML--all rely on IE to some degree. If you remove IE, which requires editing your system registry files (something I don't recommend unless you have experience and a good backup first), you'll then have to associate these apps with another Web rendering product in order to view, for example, HTML-enabled e-mail. Not impossible, but I'm sure you have better use for your time. Instead, simply drag and drop your IE icon to the trash and just forget about it.
This is a good simple elaboration - via Robert Vamossi (C|Net .com)- of something Johanna touched on.
Some day I might learn how to extract the parts of IE I have no use for, but it's never safe for a beginner to try, with a tool like nlite.
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