1. Did you install the "MSN Optimized" version of IE8? You can uninstall
that version and install the regular version.
957700- How to uninstall Internet Explorer 8:
IE8 Home http://www.microsoft.com/windows/int...r/default.aspx
Do the problems persist if you set a different or blank homepage?
2. With the warning that a reset will delete autocomplete data, such as
passwords and you will have to reinstall or re-enable browser add-ons, work
through this article:
936213- How to optimize or reset Internet Explorer 7:
Useful for recovering stored passwords before you clear all stored login
IE PassView- NirSoft:
What a reset of IE settings will do:
Windows Vista Help- Reset Internet Explorer settings:
3. You may have an incompatible browser add-on installed. (Also covered in
For troubleshooting information see:
IEBlog Troubleshooting and Internet Explorer’s (No Add-ons) Mode:
928426- Internet Explorer 7 may exit immediately when it includes an add-on
Problem: Crashes or hangs
4. If the problem is not caused by an add-on, look for a third-party program
as the cause.
936214- How to troubleshoot compatibility problems that affect IE7 in
(Also applies to XP)
5. Third-party antivirus/antispyware programs should be disabled when
installing Internet Explorer. If they weren't you may have a corrupted
installation of IE8. Reinstalling with these programs disabled may be the
Hope this helps,
[MS MVP- IE]
"Landshark" <Landshark@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> I just installed IE8 and both my desktop (vista 64-bit ultimate) and my
> laptop (vista 64 bit home premium) and I am having the issue on both
> If I open IE8 it tries to load msn.com as the default page. The problem
> it never opens the page, there's no error message, and it just shows the
> loading bar at the bottom forever.
> If I keep the browser open and then open a new tab, type in any website,
> will only load the page about 50% of the time, the rest of the time it
> hangs with the loading bar filling up forever. I never receive an error
> Also, after installing IE8 I noticed that many image files no longer load
> (.jpg and .bmp specifically). All I get is a red X.
> The same exact .jpg and .bmp files load perfectly fine using firefox or
> chrome on both of these PC's. This is very frustrating as I do a lot of
> graphic design work and need to be able to view images in a web browser.
> Everything was working great until I installed IE8 and now web browsing
> using IE8 is pretty much broken.
> What changed with IE8 to make this be so difficult?