IE 8 Upgrade It’s a One Way Trip

If you have Vista like I do, you may want to know that upgrading your browser to IE 8 is a one way trip. You cannot uninstall it and go back to IE 7. I found this out the hard way.

I have really liked IE 7. I like the clean polished interface. When I clicked install IE 8 just the other day when I received other Windows updates, I did not realize the ramifications for doing so. As I am designing a new client site, and not many people have IE 8 right now, I need to be able to test my site on the mainstream popular browsers. After a few days with IE 8, I decided I wanted to go back to IE 7.

You cannot uninstall the program nor re-install IE 7 over it. In fact if you try as I did, you will receive a message that IE 7 is not compatible with your system. So if you need access to IE 7 here’s a super work around that I have found IE Tester.

I downloaded the application and wow, what a great tool. I can view my site URL in IE 5, 6, 7, and even 8. What a life saver.

So here’s my tip, if you are a regular web surfer, get IE 8 as it is more secure, — sure looks a lot like Firefox. If you are a web designer, be careful about installing IE 8. Now that you know it is a one way trip, make a careful decision. If you do upgrade, make sure to download IE Tester it is an excellent tool and allows for your testing on multiple Internet Explorer versions.