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Windows 8 and older versions of IE

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  • Doctor Who

    Is it possible to downgrade Internet Explorer from version 10 to something like 9 or 8, in Windows 8?

  • Sven Groot

    Not in any supported fashion. And any unsupported hack that might conceivably allow you to do it will inevitably hose your system in some way, since IE is a rather important component of the OS.

    Why do you want to do this? If it's for testing purposes, I recommend using a VM.

  • magicalclick

    If you are annoyed by sites that gives you IE6 pages. Press F12 and set the browser mode to IE9, so the sites will serve you IE9 pages. As for dealing with these sites with terrible new window popup, just pray the sites will update soon enough.

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  • elmer

    , magicalclick wrote

    If you are annoyed by sites that gives you IE6 pages. Press F12 and set the browser mode to IE9, so the sites will serve you IE9 pages.

    I don't know if IE10 works the same as IE9 (I'm not running Win8) but with IE9 I found the better solution to be disabling all of the compatibility options, and in particular, disable the 'Use list from Microsoft' option, as they always seem to force the browser into the wrong mode.

  • Doctor Who

    , Sven Groot wrote

    Not in any supported fashion. And any unsupported hack that might conceivably allow you to do it will inevitably hose your system in some way, since IE is a rather important component of the OS.

    Why do you want to do this? If it's for testing purposes, I recommend using a VM.

    I don't want to do this, my son does. He's looking at buying a new laptop, with Windows 8,  but he wants to go to IE8.

  • jonathansam​pson

    I would encourage your son to not attempt this. If he's a developer and needs to test Internet Explorer 8, have him check out http://browserstack.com. Aside from that, Internet Explorer 10 is going to give him a better experience online as developers move towards adopting use of the latest APIs, and standards.

    If he wants the web to be useful and enjoyable, don't move backwards. If he wants his browser to be identified as Internet Explorer 8, he can change the Browser Mode by pressing F12. It will, by default, be in Internet Explorer 10, but he can easily change it to 8. This will modify the userAgent string provided by the browser, as well as much of its behavior.

  • figuerres

    , Doctor Who wrote

    *snip*

    I don't want to do this, my son does. He's looking at buying a new laptop, with Windows 8,  but he wants to go to IE8.

    why ?  is there a problem he has with IE10 ?  is there a web site he can not view in IE10 ?

    if we knew more we might have a way to fix the problem for him.

  • evildictait​or

    , Doctor Who wrote

    I don't want to do this, my son does. He's looking at buying a new laptop, with Windows 8,  but he wants to go to IE8.

    What problem is he trying to achieve. Downgrading to IE8 is a means to and end, not an end in itself. Instead of trying to fix the problem of how to downgrade to IE8, what problem is he trying to solve in the first place, since downgrading IE is almost certainly the wrong solution for the problem he's facing.

  • JoshRoss

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Teenagers are weird.

  • evildictait​or

    , JoshRoss wrote

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Teenagers are weird.

    Jeggings?

  • Sven Groot

    , evildictait​or wrote

    *snip*

    Jeggings?

    And don't forget the Cheevos!

  • magicalclick

    , elmer wrote

    *snip*

    I don't know if IE10 works the same as IE9 (I'm not running Win8) but with IE9 I found the better solution to be disabling all of the compatibility options, and in particular, disable the 'Use list from Microsoft' option, as they always seem to force the browser into the wrong mode.

    I couldn't find it in my IE10 settings. Do you have a clear instruction for it? Maybe I just don't know where it is. Thank you.

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  • magicalclick

    , Doctor Who wrote

    *snip*

    I don't want to do this, my son does. He's looking at buying a new laptop, with Windows 8,  but he wants to go to IE8.

    IE8??? Not IE9??? Head explode.

    Well, if he wants IE7, I would consider him trolling because it is the only version that doesn't know how to do box-sizing: border-box, which is essential for pure percentage based responsive web design.

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  • Doctor Who

    , figuerres wrote

    *snip*

    why ?  is there a problem he has with IE10 ?  is there a web site he can not view in IE10 ?

    if we knew more we might have a way to fix the problem for him.

    From my son's point of view, there is a problem with IE10. There's a problem with IE9 for that matter, from his point of view. You see what he wants is to have between 40 and 50 or more tabs automatically open whenever he gets into IE. He's found that IE9 restricts the number of tabs he can have opened at once to something less than 40 (I think it is). Certainly IE10 restricts the number to something less than 40. I typically have 1 to 3 tabs open at once. Sometimes when I'm in a hurry I might open up to about 10, but that's it, and that's not for long. My son, on the other hand, always has a boat load of tabs open in IE. IE8 gives him that flexibility.

  • magicalclick

    @Doctor Who: holy cow. I can only suggest adopting multiple IE using pin sites. And use the favorite blue arrow on the folder to open all favs at once. Sorry to hear IE9 is not capable of satisfying his need.

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  • kettch

    Wow. FWIW, I've found that no browser really likes to go above 30-40, depending on the content. I haven't tried Chrome in a while, but Firefox hits some arbitrary limit and just disappears. Poof!

  • Lizard​Rumsfeld

    After trying to use IE10 on Win8 for any extended period of time, I would probably like to downgrade as well - the sole reason being the lack of Cleartype (or the awful implementation).  Man do some fonts just look atrocious in IE10 on Win8.

    Aside for that, I have no complaints - it's extremely fast and I generally have no problems with the  interface.  But man, that font rendering is a huge stumbling block.

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