It was a combination of guesswork and leg work. IE was helpful enough to
display a message (I forget the particulars) indicating that Data Execution
Prevention (DEP) was somehow related to the issue, and Google led me to this
My best guess as to the cause of the problem - and I could be way off base -
is that it's a conflict between the way the Windows OS handles DEP and the
way IE 7/8 handles DEP on top of that. But only MS knows the truth of the
matter. Or at least I hope they do.
BTW - This problem doesn't just affect the Microsoft Update ActiveX control
- it seems to affect pretty much *every* ActiveX control, including Flash.
So while I didn't have any problems loading the home page on this system
(google.com), any attempts to go to a Flash-laden site like yahoo.com would
crash the browser. That took a while to figure out, too. Blech.
> I was getting ready to pull the rest of my hair our over this!
> Worked lika a charm on XP pro
> What made you think of that!?
> "Nathan Lewis" wrote:
> > OS: Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3 (32-bit, of course)
> > Browser: Internet Explorer 8 (8.0.6001.18702)
> > PC: Dell Dimension 8400, Pentium 4 @ 3GHz, 512MB RAM, 160GB HDD with 120GB
> > Free. Memory passes Memtest86+, HDD passes all Western Digital DLGDIAG tests.
> > Problem: Went to Windows Update site which, as expected, asked me to upgrade
> > to Microsoft Update. Attempted to do so, IEXPLORE.EXE crashed as soon as it
> > attempted to install the ActiveX control. Restarted IE, tried again - same
> > result every single time. Wash, rinse, repeat - ugh.
> > Solution: Tools / Internet Options / Advanced / Security - UNCHECK "Enable
> > memory protection to help mitigate online attacks" option.
> > Why: Who knows?
> > Hope: This helps someone and/or someone at MS notices this problem and does
> > something about it. Soon. :P