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IE8 Soon to Play Nicer With Other Browsers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 28 comments

Express means that Microsoft got to choose for you.

Microsoft has made a change to Internet Explorer 8 that'll make it less of a control freak when being installed into a system where another browser is the default one.

Currently, when users install IE8 and select "Use express settings" during the setup process, the software will automatically make IE8 the default browser without asking the user first. Only those who selected "Use custom settings" would get to see a screen asking users whether or not they wanted IE8 to be their default browser.

This will all change next month when Microsoft rolls out a dynamic update to correct this behavior.

"We decided to use dynamic updates in order to deliver this change to the market as quickly as possible, rather than re-release IE8 in over 60 languages.  We expect to roll this out in mid-August," Wrote the IE team in the IEBlog. " This change applies not only to IE8 installations on Vista and XP, but also when these users with a non-IE default browser install Windows 7."

Advanced computer users almost always choose to install with custom settings (at least we do), but were you affected by this apparent install "feature" of IE8?

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    htoonthura , July 20, 2009 10:25 PM
    How hard is it to change your default browser? Why people are making a big deal out of it?
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    apmyhr , July 20, 2009 11:12 PM
    I was affected! It took me two whole seconds to fix the situation and make Firefox my default browser again. It was horrible! Darn you M$
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    IzzyCraft , July 20, 2009 11:11 PM
    Don't all browsers try to trick you into getting on your default list anyways.
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  • 24 Hide
    htoonthura , July 20, 2009 10:25 PM
    How hard is it to change your default browser? Why people are making a big deal out of it?
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    dman3k , July 20, 2009 10:27 PM
    Just a bunch of whiners...
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    IzzyCraft , July 20, 2009 11:11 PM
    Don't all browsers try to trick you into getting on your default list anyways.
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    apmyhr , July 20, 2009 11:12 PM
    I was affected! It took me two whole seconds to fix the situation and make Firefox my default browser again. It was horrible! Darn you M$
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    ckthecerealkiller , July 20, 2009 11:20 PM
    Wait.... People are actually downloading IE8?
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    zerapio , July 20, 2009 11:40 PM
    ckthecerealkillerWait.... People are actually downloading IE8?

    You REALLY don't want to stick with IE 6 in your computer. Even if you use another browser (like I do) you must update and patch IE to keep it from being a vector for malware to infect your computer.
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    jimmysmitty , July 20, 2009 11:41 PM
    htoonthuraHow hard is it to change your default browser? Why people are making a big deal out of it?


    Because if people didn't do you think a lawsuit against MS would ever work? Not really.

    The fact is that people claimed they couldn't use another browser other than IE. These people are gold diggers.

    MS has never forced anything upon ppl per say. People are just too stupid to know how to change the simpleist of things.
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    ckthecerealkiller , July 20, 2009 11:57 PM
    zerapioYou REALLY don't want to stick with IE 6 in your computer. Even if you use another browser (like I do) you must update and patch IE to keep it from being a vector for malware to infect your computer.

    I guess I forgot the /sarcasm
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    maigo , July 21, 2009 12:04 AM
    People are installing IE because they DON'T want to use it?
    OR
    They added a check box to the installer, that took 30 seconds?
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    skykaptain , July 21, 2009 12:59 AM
    I have always used the custom settings whenever possible. Never had a problem.
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    Anonymous , July 21, 2009 2:03 AM
    The crybabies that made this possible just granted me the freedom to forever living without the abomination of Firefox.

    It's the same group of shitheads that will sue someone at a restaurant for farting audibly, and I refuse to use a crippled OS where failfox or some other lackluster, broken-source piece of junk browser is forced upon you.
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    seatrotter , July 21, 2009 5:05 AM
    Let's face it. A lot of "computer/internet users" are really not that savvy to use one. I'm sure a lot of you are shouting that they be taken back to the stone age. But in reality? You'd be the one who'd be pissed as hell when constantly being asked questions by family members, and would be the first one to suggest to them to buy a computer and search for the answers themselves in the interweb tubes. Heck, you'd even be the one to set them up yourselves.

    Stop making it seem like a clear-cut issue of "people who can't change their default browser in less than -1s" are lazy/stupid. Ok, so maybe some of them are :D 
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    zerapio , July 21, 2009 5:17 AM
    ckthecerealkillerI guess I forgot the /sarcasm

    :(  oops
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    eddieroolz , July 21, 2009 6:37 AM
    Firefox and Safari and others have this same default behavior, I don't see them getting dinged.

    Anti-Microsoft sentiment wins again. Microsoft then has to make public "amends" to try to make people happy. What a world.
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    hemelskonijn , July 21, 2009 7:08 AM
    The problem is not that the default setting is to turn IE8 in to your default browser since all major browsers suggest this.
    The problem is or was at least that IE8 did not ask or suggest it but just went along to do it.

    Yes it only takes 2s to change back the default browser on your computer but here is the kicker its your computer should not have to change it back in the first place.
    Ultimately you should be in control and not by being able to set things back the way you want them but by keeping them the way you want them for you are the Person in Personal Computer.
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    mitch074 , July 21, 2009 7:33 AM
    @eddieroolz: Firefox does ask at install time if you want to install it as default: there's a (checked) checkbox on the third install screen that says so (meaning that you can choose not to during a default install run).

    In IE 8, if you chose 'express install', the default choice, only your previous search engine would be kept, the rest would be overwritten - including your default browser.

    Apple got quite a lot of flak for forcing the install and defaulting to Safari whenever iTunes got installed, and that is indeed true.
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    eddieroolz , July 21, 2009 7:36 AM
    mitch074@eddieroolz: Firefox does ask at install time if you want to install it as default: there's a (checked) checkbox on the third install screen that says so (meaning that you can choose not to during a default install run).In IE 8, if you chose 'express install', the default choice, only your previous search engine would be kept, the rest would be overwritten - including your default browser.Apple got quite a lot of flak for forcing the install and defaulting to Safari whenever iTunes got installed, and that is indeed true.


    Thank you kind sir for you through explanations. I was wrong about Firefox but my statement about Safari stands true, then.
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    apmyhr , July 21, 2009 9:42 AM
    hemelskonijnThe problem is not that the default setting is to turn IE8 in to your default browser since all major browsers suggest this.The problem is or was at least that IE8 did not ask or suggest it but just went along to do it.Yes it only takes 2s to change back the default browser on your computer but here is the kicker its your computer should not have to change it back in the first place.Ultimately you should be in control and not by being able to set things back the way you want them but by keeping them the way you want them for you are the Person in Personal Computer.

    Yes it is your computer. But it is also their]/b] software that you choose to install. It's perfectly reasonable for a company to assume that when you install their browser, you intend on actually using it, therefor I don't see anything wrong with them setting it as the default browser when you select "Express Settings." And Microsoft does ultimatley give you control by letting you easily choose "Custom Settings." You don't have to be an advance haxorz to know how to use Custom settings during software installs. If you don't know how to do this, then you probably aren't tech savy enough to care about what browser your using in the first place.
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    jgiron , July 21, 2009 12:53 PM
    it's a marketing strategy, IE8 gets downloaded, sets itself as a default forcing users to use it. Imagine everyone who downloaded IE8 and were forced to use it, or run it just 1 time. Now they say Opps, we'll make it more friendly. The marketing goal of IE8 has already been met.
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    hardwarekid9756 , July 21, 2009 2:46 PM
    kinda sorta yeah? I'm a pretty solid IE lover (I know, hate me) simply because it does what I want, and good judicious browsing techniques and a solid platform outweigh all security risks for everything, always. So, I just use what's packaged and it launches fast, browses at adequate speeds, and does what I want. When a web page doesn't work, I open FF, so I'm not a purist. But, i had FF as my default for a while because my GF likes it and when IE8 auto-installed and i configured it (I'm incredibly lazy and just used express because they looked ok) it switched it back to IE8 and I didn't know. My Girlfriend got a little ticked and gave me a frowny face when i came home the next day, but it didn't do any damage, and I don't necessarily care what browser i use as long as it's not chrome (Google is fail).
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