No, IE 8 was not "meant for Vista users." I use it on XP Home SP 3 and
it works great.
I'm going to presume that you removed IE 8 by carefully following these
"How do I remove or uninstall Internet Explorer 8?"
If you did not follow these instructions, stop reading now and tell us
how you removed Internet Explorer.
Follow these suggestions and you are virtually assured of success:
1- Read about the new features of IE 8 on Microsoft's website (and
elsewhere on the web).
2- Read the Release Notes for Internet Explorer 8.
3- Make sure your computer is 100% free of malware.
4- Make sure your computer is otherwise problem-free. Upgrading Internet
Explorer is almost never a fix for problems you are currently experiencing.
5- Make sure all your software (including Windows itself) and drivers
are up to date.
6- Make sure all your security software, as well as any other software
you frequently use and websites you frequently visit, are compatible
with IE 8.
7- Backup your personal files (documents, photos, spreadsheets, etc.) as
well as your e-mail, address book and Favorites; and create a restore
point. (If you're familiar with disk imaging, backup your hard drive.)
8- You may need to uninstall third-party toolbars from your current
version of Internet Explorer; or reset Internet Explorer to default
settings. When you reset Internet Explorer settings, all add-ons and
customizations are deleted, and you basically start with a fresh version
of Internet Explorer.
9- Download the IE 8 installer from the Microsoft website.
10- Close all open applications, i.e., applications with an icon on the
11- Disable your security software. Turn on Windows Firewall.
12- During IE 8 installation, agree to "Install updates."
13- Reboot /twice/ after installing IE 8.
14- Turn off Windows Firewall. Re-enable your security software.
Errare humanum est
> I know that IE8 is probably meant for Vista users, but I have always prefered
> IE over FF and other browsers. So, I downloaded and installed it on July 19,
> but, after running IE8 for 10 days I had to removed it. Turns our that it
> just locks up the whole XP OS after opening more than 2 or 3 Tabs (seems to
> be a heavy resource hog).