[Crosspost to IE General newsgroup]
After 12 April 2010, your computer will NOT be offered any critical security
updates nor will Windows Update website be available until and unless you
get SP3 installed so you'd best get WinXP SP3 and all post-SP3 patches
About IE7 & IE8 and Windows XP Service Pack 3
HOW TO get a computer running WinXP SP2 fully patched (You can probably skip
2. To install IE7, see Sandi's Installation Tips for IE7 (Steps #1-8, #10 &
#11; take note of #12, then STOP!)
(ignore any references to Vista)
IE7 will not be offered via Windows Update. You can download the installer
for WinXP here:
Save the installer to your desktop, do not Run it. Then double-click on the
saved file when you're ready to install IE7.
Make *certain* that you check in at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
immediately after installing IE7, select the CUSTOM option & scan. Install
any critical security updates offered. If Optional Updates category offers
Root Certificates update, install it to take full advantage of IE7's
NB: DO NOT INSTALL IE8! Uncheck it then "hide" it.
About IE7 (and IE8) Installation and Anti-Malware Applications
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
> .I have seen a lot of forum posts where people got into a lot of trouble
> upgrading from IE6 to either 7 or 8. Thus, I have stuck with my IE6. But I
> have recently discovered that I am consequently missing out on various
> dropdown menus; also a number of sites say they are phasing out
> compatibility with IE6. I thus feel compelled to upgrade....
> I am looking for a site which has detailed, exact directions (like MS's
> for switching from IE6 to IE7 WITHOUT LOSING ANY Favorites, History,
> Settings, IE data (e.g., AutoFill), and/or extensive OE Data.
> My OS is XP Pro SP2.