Upgrading in hopes of fixing an existing problem is seldom a good idea.
That being said...
Please state your full Windows version (e.g., WinXP SP3) when posting to
1. Does the behavior persist if you start IE in No Add-ons mode? To start
IE in No Add-ons mode:
=> Right-click on the blue IE desktop icon and select Start without
=> Start | (All) Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Internet
Explorer (No add-ons).
Troubleshooting and Internet Explorer's (No Add-ons) Mode:
2. Does the behavior persist if you Reset IE Advanced settings (RIES)?
<= Read before using!
3. Does the behavior persist if you boot into Safe Mode with Networking?
[Careful! Only remain in Safe Mode just long enough to test!]
4a. What anti-virus application or security suite is installed, is your
subscription current, and is it supported in IE8? What anti-spyware
applications (other than Defender)? What third-party firewall (if any)?
Were any of these applications running in the background when you installed
4b. Has a Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on this machine
(e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought it)?
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
Dave Porter wrote:
> Hi all,
> This problem existed during IE7 and now IE8 on my XP box...
> Sometimes ( in fact maybe 80% of the time ), when I fire up IE to go to a
> web site I'm working on, it just hangs ( makes no difference what web site
> ! ).
> Sometimes I then close it, fire it up again and it is OK ( sometimes
> problem persists ).
> I have latest versions of FF, Safari, Opera and Chrome and they all work
> fine !
> any one have any thoughts ?
> cheers Dave Porter