Ask Leo! #324 – Which version of IE you should run, live CDs, routers vs. routers vs. access points, and more…

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What version of Internet Explorer should I be running?

p>Leo, I understand that Microsoft will be aggressively pushing IE8 and IE9 installation. I have been reading Ask Leo! for years, and when IE8 was first released, I recall questions like, “How do I remove IE8?” Users were, apparently, having many problems with IE8, so I have avoided it all this time. At the time, you recommended that readers use caution and perhaps not install IE8 unless necessary. Would you please revisit the question of upgrading to IE8 and/or IE9 in view of the fact that Microsoft is trying to get everyone off IE6 and IE7?

Can those of us with Windows XP skip the IE8 upgrade and go straight to IE9, and avoid the problems with IE8? I have XP with IE7. I have been having issues with a few websites not viewing properly, especially Facebook. They now have a permanent banner on my FB home page telling me to upgrade to IE8 or switch to Chrome.


Much like their push to kill Outlook Express, Internet Explorer 6 and of late Internet Explorer 7 have apparently come onto Microsoft's radar for active abandonment.

Microsoft would like to see IE6 and IE7 disappear for a variety of reasons.

And, to be honest, so should you.

Continue reading: What version of Internet Explorer should I be running?

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What's a "live" CD? And why would I want one?

In one of your answers, you recommended booting from a "live" CD.


I have no idea what that means. Explain, please.


You bet.

Live CDs (or DVDs) are exceptionally convenient to have around as diagnostic aids when you're experiencing a problem with your computer.

I'll describe what I mean by "Live CD" and I'll show you a couple of examples.

Continue reading: What's a "live" CD? And why would I want one?

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What's the difference between a router, a wireless router and a wireless access point?

I've searched your archives and found tons of articles on adding a router to a router. That's the same as adding an access point, right?


No, it's not.

And it's a common enough point of confusion that I want to clarify exactly what each is and why the difference might matter.

Continue reading: What's the difference between a router, a wireless router and a wireless access point?

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