Should I download Internet Explorer 9?

posted by Firas Sameer on January 11, 2011 in Tools & Software with 6 comments
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If you are a Microsoft user and used to use the Microsoft Internet Explorer in your internet browsing, or if you were suffering for the last period of time from its performance or bugs , so this is your solution.

Is it better than Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 7?

Recently Microsoft has released the latest Internet Explorer which is version 9, a lot of enhancement has been implemented into this version that makes it somehow competitor to other browsers such as Firefox and google Chrome hence Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 7 had some slow performance or less featured than other browsers.

Internet Explorer 9 has many new features implemented in a new style which makes it is so close to Firefox and Google chrome specifically but with addition features.

Note: Internet Explorer 9 is now in Beta version, however its up to you to download it and try it as Microsoft will add it to the Windows updates list once they launch it’s final version officially.

Can I use Internet Explorer 9 on my Windows XP?

I am sorry to say No you cannot, Microsoft has provided Internet Explorer 9 to be compatible only with Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7.

What is new in Internet Explorer 9?

Several enhancements have been implemented as Microsoft stated such as the below:

  • Streamlined design (Basic controls presented, other advanced ones are located inside the tools drop down menu)
  • Pinned Sites (Allows you to access regularly visited sites directly from the taskbar on your Windows 7 desktop)
  • Enhanced tabs (Tear-off tabs facility allow you to drag a tab out of Internet Explorer to open the tab’s webpage in a new window)
  • New Tab page (Displays the sites you visit most often and color codes them for quick navigation)
  • Search in the address bar (If you enter a search term or incomplete address, you will launch a search using the currently selected search engine)
  • Notification Bar (The Notification Bar gives you information without getting in your way)
  • Add-on Performance Advisor (tells you if an add-on is slowing down your browser performance, and then allow you to disable or remove it directly)

But the most enhancements that took my eyes were the Hardware Acceleration and the Download Manager features:

  • Hardware Acceleration (If you are visiting video streaming or online gaming websites that require graphical tasks or websites that have a lot of graphical presentations, the new Internet Explorer 9 provide a new method of handling graphics heavy tasks by using your computer’s graphics processor “also known as GPU” which will show you a real difference from the old method that uses your computer’s CPU that was used by older versions such as Internet explorer 7 and Internet explorer 8).
  • Download Manager (Is a powerful new feature that keeps a running list of the files you download from the Internet and notifies you when a file could be malicious. It also lets you pause and restart a download (which is the thing that everyone is looking for)—if you have a slow internet connection— then shows you where to find downloaded files on your computer, hence its up to you if you want to clear the list at any time) take a look at the below snapshot.

How many versions of Internet Explorer 9 are available?

There are two versions, one for 32-bit and the other for 64-bit.


Note: If you don’t know which processor version you have on your computer (whether 32 or 64-bit) you can follow the below steps:

  • Click Start, and then click Run.
  • Type winmsd.exe, and then click OK.
  • In the navigation pane, locate Processor under Item in the details pane. And check its value:

“If the value that corresponds to Processor starts with x86, the computer is running a 32-bit version of Windows.”
“If the value that corresponds to Processor starts with ia64 or AMD64, the computer is running a 64-bit version of Windows.”


How can I download and try the Internet Explorer 9 Beta?

You can simply visit my other tutorial How can I download and install Internet Explorer 9? and follow the instructions.

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6 Responses to Should I download Internet Explorer 9?

  1. junaid salih says:

    قبل عدة ايام توقف برنامج مكافي انتي فايروس من العمل فاتصلت بشركة مكافي وطلب مني موظف مكافي السماح لهم بالاتصال بكومبيوتري الشخصي وبعد عدة دقائق اخبرني الموظف بأن المشكلة انترنت اكسبلور 9 وبعد ازالته عاد برنامج المكافي انتي فايروس بالعمل انا افضل فايرفوكس

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  2. Firas Sameer Firas Sameer says:

    I don’t know what did you mean by your Mcafee antivirus stopped working, is it the whole program? or an add-on of Mcafee within the Internet Explorer 9 environment? nevertheless I can’t say that Internet Explorer 9 doesn’t have issues as Microsoft still did not release the final version and the current version is beta, Microsoft is taking in consideration all those issues that people are facing to complete their final version.

    However for me I am using many browsers in my internet browsing such as Firefox, Google chrome and Safari but recently Internet Explorer 9 I checked was working fine with me, currently I am using Norton Antivirus and if any other people does have issues with Internet Explorer 9 please advice by posting your comments so other people can get benefit at the end of the day.
    Thank you Junaid for your comment and I appreciate if you write your comment in english so other people can understand.


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  3. junaid salih says:

    All McAfee anti-virus program stopped work,and when they checked my computer by internet, i surprised when they told me remove internet explorer 9 from your computer. after i removed the internet explorer 9 the McAfee anti-virus returned to work. and they told me, we work with Microsoft to solve this problem.

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  4. Firas Sameer Firas Sameer says:

    Thats good to hear…

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  5. mohd hasan mohd says:

    كيف استطيع ان ازيل هذا البرنامج من جهازي مع انني لا انوي ذلك ولكن أرجو ان اعرف ذلك حتى ان كان لا يناسبني مستقبلا استطيع ان اتصرف مع جزيل الشكر

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  6. Firas Sameer Firas Sameer says:

    The website friend Mohd has requested the stpes on how to uninstal Explorer 9 just in case if he wants to take it off his computer.

    Dear Mohd,

    To uninstall Internet Explorer 9 you can refer to the below steps, but kindly next time try to comment using english language so others can understand:

    1. Click on Control Panel

    2. Click on Uninstall a Program
    Uninstall a program

    3. Cilck on View installed Updates
    View installed Updates

    4. Sellect Windows Internet Explorer 9 from the right pane
    Windows Internet Explorer 9

    5. Click on Uninstall.

    best regards

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