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Last Updated: Friday, 09-Jan-2015 12:32:51 PST

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Internet Explorer 6-8 Compatibility

This website has been tested and works on all major versions of Internet Explorer: from 8 to 11. Internet Explorer 8 is the default browser that comes with Windows 7 and is a free update for Windows XP and Vista. Version 8 and later of Internet Explorer work with my website. This site will likely work with Internet Explorer 6 (with Windows XP SP2 or higher), too as I am not doing anything that will change the compatibility. Windows Vista can be upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7 users can upgrade to Internet Explorer 11. Windows 8 comes with Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 8.1 comes with Internet Explorer 11. Now I can test my website compatibility, every major version of Internet Explorer 6-11. You would do a favor for yourself and every web designer, if you downloaded and used a browser other than Internet Explorer 6-8.

Upgrading Old Computers and Old Software

You more than likely have Internet Explorer 8 already. Internet Explorer 8 has been listed as a critical security update for Windows XP and higher since April 2009. If you have Windows set up to automatically update, you already have version 8. You can even apply the update on stolen/pirated versions. The only reason you might not have it is because you are accessing the Internet at work (and your employer is still using a very old and poorly designed application that requires it) or you are using a version of Windows that is over 12 years old.

Most PCs bought, since Windows XP was released, are only designed to last 3 years, so if your computer is that old, you have likely spent more money upgrading it, than it would cost to buy a new one. Even a cheap netbook will outperform a five year old computer, even a top of the line one. If you are unwilling, to buy a computer new, every 5 years, than it would be better for you, to just not use a computer. You can tell it is time, for you, to buy a new computer, when the latest version of your web browser, no longer supports the Windows operating system, that came with your computer (as most people are not able to perform Windows OS upgrades) or your computer's hardware specifications.

Windows 7 (October 2009) has been preloaded, on almost all PCs, for 4 years now and Windows 8 (October 2012) has just been released last year. Windows Vista comes with Internet Explorer 7 and can be upgraded to Internet Explorer 9, Windows 7 comes with Internet Explorer 8 and can be upgraded to Internet Explorer 11, Windows 8 comes with Internet Explorer 10, Windows 8.1 comes with Internet Explorer 11. I don't expect people to have chosen Windows Vista over Windows XP, so, although I do support Windows Vista, as it was such a failure, (although reportedly cleaned up, by Service Pack 3), I will not require it for my website. This basically means that I will support XP until Windows 7 has been available for 5 years, even though I generally don't support software more than 5 years old.

These web browsers are free and will not screw up or slow down your computer. You can have as many web browsers, on your computer, as you want, without causing any problems. More people now use Google Chrome than use all versions of Internet Explorer combined. Two of its best features is it auto updates, to the latest version, including the Flash plugin, and that it is much faster than Internet Explorer, even on slow computers.

If you have Internet Explorer 6 with Windows XP1 or older, than you should be able to see my website without the decorative styles and images. Other than that, the website should be fully functional and accessible for you.

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