phileysmiley wrote:I just don't get it.
1) First of all, Update sent me IE8 without my even asking.
2) Second, IE8 is NOT even installed. IE6 is still installed even though it says IE8 was successfully installed.
3) Third, it is IE6 WITH tabbed browsing. I checked online and from what I can see you can have IE6 with tabbed browsing by installing the MSN Toolbar but I don't even have that either.
I'm not using Windows 7 or IE7.
Well it does sound as if your experiments with Internet Explorer have finally destroyed it !!
It sounds as if, on your machine, you have over the years had : IE6 ; IE6 with tabbed browsing (NOT the same IE6
) ; IE7 (did you ever install any IE7 Beta btw ?) ; IE8 Beta ; IE8 Final ; IE8 Broken Edition ; and I don't know how many other IE versions LOL
... errrrrr ... needless to say this is NOT the ideal installation scenario, and BTW neither is it *supported* by MS, nor can you even expect it to work ...
... AND it would be logical to assume that this is a very old XP setup anyway, did you use a setup CD with Service Pack 2 integrated ?
Also, if this is the same machine that you used to use for Windows Codename Longhorn testing, you should realise that there was a pretty bad partitioning bug in build 4074 particularly, so that installing it anywhere other than the boot partition could lead it to write data into whichever Windows version happened to be residing in C: at the time, which would in this case be your XP setup -- and installing 4074 as a secondary OS in a multi-boot scenario could very basically muck up your main OS in some unusual, unpredictable, and very strange ways. It's possible that your IE6 with tabbed browsing is an artefact of an old 4074 setup that may have been mistakenly ported into your XP ... IIRC the LH 4074 IE6 version *did* include tabbed browsing ... which would btw make your broken IE completely un-updateable...
In a nutshell, and whatever the forensics, the part of Windows that governs Internet Explorer would seem to be completely hosed -- and sadly, because IE is actually a PART of Windows and not just some random 3rd Party software, that means your Windows XP is basically hosed too.
My honest recommendation is : reinstall Windows XP from scratch.
You should realise that problems with IE can potentially affect ALL of your internet activity, even when using a different browser -- because some of the internet connections elements of Windows actually belong to IE.