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Upgrade IE6 to IE7 (not 8)
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August 13, 2009
3:09 AM
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I am looking for a site which has detailed, exact directions (like MS's KB) for switching from IE6 to IE7 WITHOUT LOSING ANY Favorites, History, Settings, IE data (e.g., AutoFill), extensive OE Data. My OS is XP Pro.

I am not interested in IE8 until all the bugs are fixed (has that point been reached yet?). Also, it may be too big for my little system(?). I have a small, old system, and upgrades of older programs are often prohibitive in size nowadays.

Until I find out a sure-fire way to upgrade to 7 without loosing any data, I will stick with my old IE6. .

 
I have an English interface which is Hebrew-enabled. General consensus is that Firefox is not good for many basic Hebrew sites (e.g., banks, health system, etc.) and my system is too small for both IE & FF.
 
Ideally it would be good to do a total, new installation, but I do not want to have to deal with redoing all my data/settings from scratch, especially since OE has years of business records (Does OE still get uninstalled when you uninstall IE?).
 
Thanks for any references!
Janet
August 13, 2009
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Janet you have IE6? You have been missing out on some cool dotTech drop down menus!

As far as upgrading… I don't think upgrading from IE6 -> IE7/8 should make you lose your data should it? I never really paid attention though…

August 13, 2009
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Sounds like this is a business computer, may pay to get a “professinal” in to do it for you, just to be on the safe side if your not sure what your doing. If your going to do it yourself, backup everything first. Also, you dont want to uninstall IE. In theory I can't see that you would loss any data, it's just a straight forward update.

August 14, 2009
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Ashraf said:

Janet you have IE6? You have been missing out on some cool dotTech drop down menus!

As far as upgrading… I don't think upgrading from IE6 -> IE7/8 should make you lose your data should it? I never really paid attention though…


Hi A!

1. Then I must be missing such things on other sites as well…..

     a. Will 7 get me your menus?

     b. I don't know how long 8 has been out….Is it debugged yet?

2. Since my 6 has been on the machine for so long, and 7/8 have so many advances, I thought I should do a clean install. There must be a way of exporting everything (?), but I don't have time to go synthesizing a bunch of instruction sources ( what I usually do) to make sure I am not going to lose anything. I need a lot of time to do that safely. I usually work from MS Knowledge Base articles only, which are very exact, very detailed, and don't leave out any steps (they don't assume you know anything)–but did not find one for this particular activity. I don't like to rely on random forum posters (I don't mean specifically Dottech!), because well-meaning posters out to help, don't always give correct/adequate info. I thought you might be able to reccommend a reliable site (that you know and trust) that deals specifically with IE/OE.

3. Actually, now that I think of it, my concern was not so much with IE, but rather the fact that OE was a component of  IE, and thus removal of IE (for a clean install) meant removing OE with it. That's what I don't want to play around with…..Maybe I'll just do an update after all….To 7 or 8? I hope the size hasn't tripled…(another reason I don't upgrade some programs until I get a new system)…

August 14, 2009
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amnesia said:

Sounds like this is a business computer, may pay to get a “professinal” in to do it for you, just to be on the safe side if your not sure what your doing. If your going to do it yourself, backup everything first. Also, you dont want to uninstall IE. In theory I can't see that you would loss any data, it's just a straight forward update.


Hi amnesia!

I always make SURE I know what I am doing first–that's why I kept putting this off….:-)….

I brought in a well-known, experienced professional to replace my 2KPro with XP. In the end, it took him 12 hours, and I paid by the hour! The other time I brought in a highly recommended professional, she didn't solve the problem, but rather caused additional problems which she had to come back and fix. I paid her by the hour for all that and ended up where I started……Now I do all my own fixing…..It takes me a long time (checking out posters' suggestions) and I learn a lot. But I rarely do anything complicated/dangerous without a MS KB article printout in front of me…..As I said above, I may end up just doing an update, for which I certainly don't need any help. Even on that route, most update links are for going from 7 to 8, not 6 to anything…..

August 25, 2009
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The name of this thread is supposed to be UPGRADE IE6 TO IE7 (NOT TO IE8). There shouldn't be a smiley instead of IE8…..

Janet

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