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IE8 A Public Service AnnouncementA comment from Bob Fox (via Twitter, @bfox11b) reminded me that I had meant to throw together a quick blog entry describing a problem and my solution to Internet Explorer crashing on me all the time.

A few months ago, I got a new laptop (Dell Vostro 1720).  This is my first 64 bit machine and I was running 64 bit IE8.  Over time, it started to crash unpredictably, but frequently (probably every day).  It�s pretty agile at recovering from all that, but it was a real nuisance. 

The problem seems to have been an adobe plugin, �Air� or their flash plugin � I don�t really know what it�s called or care all that much.  It turns out that it�s not compatible with a 64 bit environment (which is *totally* reasonable; it�s not like 64 bit is the kind of thing that anyone except ***crazy*** companies want to support or anything).  I tried to uninstall it but that experiment only lasted about 15 minutes.  It turns out that a ridiculous number of sites are using flash tech (I may be the last one to realize this on the planet).  So, I can�t live without it and I can�t use IE8 64 bit. 

My answer is to switch to 32bit IE8.  It�s been smooth sailing since then.

Paul Galvin, MVPPaul Galvin, Microsoft MVP - SharePoint
Web site: Paul Galvin�s SharePoint Space

Paul is a Solutions Architect currently working most closely with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. He was recently awarded Microsoft MVP - SharePoint status for his work with the SharePoint community.

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Matt Snow

IE8: A Public Service Announcement

Thanks for the tidbit. A good piece of knowledge for IT departments with a to a soon-to-be 64-bit USER environment.

Keep up the good work!

Posted 08-Sep-2009 by Matt Snow
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MadWhiteHatter

IE8: A Public Service Announcement

I ran into that problem when I first got 64-bit IE7. Adobe hasn't fixed this problem for Flash even though it knew of the problem for over two years now. And some people claim Microsoft is slow to release patches....

Posted 09-Sep-2009 by MadWhiteHatter

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