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IE7 has been out for over a year now, and while continuing to run IE6 remains an option, there's no real reason not to upgrade.
I have a laptop that has Windows XP installed. I am working with Internet Explorer 6. Should I update to IE7? Some people told me there are a lot of problems with 7. I keep getting pop ups to upgrade. Should I?
I'm a little concerned about those popups, but my short answer is yes, I believe that it is now safe to do so.
In fact, you might have to at some point.
Let's review how you should prepare, and how you should upgrade...
IE7 has been out for over a year now and while it has some user interface differences that I find a little annoying, it appears to be quite stable and usable for most people. Certainly no mater what browser you use, there will always be a few people who have a problem; that's not unique to IE7. By and large IE7 seems to be doing quite ok.
Like I said, I'm a little concerned that you're getting a pop-up. I'm actually unaware of any pop-up notification for the IE7 upgrade, but I could be wrong. I would not click on that popup to perform the upgrade, that's for certain.
I would, however, take these steps:
Back up. Back up your entire system. This is just good practice whenever you're about to perform a major upgrade. IE7 definitely qualifies as "major" simply because IE is such an integral part of Windows.
Set a Restore Point. I actually have very mixed feelings about restore points, since they don't restore everything people expect them to, but it certainly doesn't hurt to set one before your install. (Even though, I believe, the install will also automatically set a restore point.)
Visit the Windows Update web site. There you will see a list of available updates, both critical and non-critical, that are available for your machine. IE7 should be one of them. Select it and proceed with the installation.
After you've installed IE7 you'll have a few changes to get used to. The location of some of the commonly used controls have changed, for example. You'll also have an opportunity to begin using "tabbed browsing", a convenient way to keep multiple web sites open in the browser without having to have many, many browser windows open.
You'll note that I mentioned above that at some point you might have to upgrade to IE7. The rumor (and it is only a rumor, to my best knowledge) is that the IE7 upgrade will become mandatory at some point and that IE6 will no longer be supported.
On a personal note, while I have installed IE7 on my machines, I actually run Firefox as my primary browser. It's somewhat safer, and I find many of the extensions available for Firefox very useful. I still use IE7 for a handful of web sites that still require it.
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