With each new version of Internet Explorer, there is always a new set of problems to fight! IE 9 is a good step forward as it supports many standards and makes it much easier to create web pages, but it also has several technical problems.
Sometimes it is slow, sometimes it crashes, sometimes webpages are not displaying properly, etc.! In this article, I’ll try to list the various issues I’ve encountered in IE 9, including the ones mentioned above.
If you are experiencing a different kind of problem with IE 9, which I did not list here, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you.
The web page is not displayed correctly
If you are viewing a webpage and something looks wrong like layout, colors, etc., there are several things you can try in IE 9 to fix this problem.
First of all, try compatibility mode. You can do this by clicking on the small torn paper icon in the address bar.
This will usually fix most display problems in IE 9, but if it doesn’t, you can try two other options: disable tracking protection and disable hardware acceleration.
Tracking Protection is basically the InPrivate Browsing that used to be in IE 8. They just changed the name. To turn it off for a website, you must click the filter icon that appears in the address bar.
This will show any filtered content, which is usually scripts, etc., that run on the website. Please note that if you are having problems on sites that are running Flash, you can also try to disable ActiveX filtering as this may block Flash from loading properly.
To turn off hardware acceleration in IE 9, click the Tools button (gear icon) and select Internet Options.
Click the Advanced tab and select the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering check box.
IE 9 crashes a lot
If you installed IE 9 and you get a message like
“Internet Explorer has stopped working”
then you may have corrupted files or other serious problems. Your best bet is to try uninstalling IE 9 and reinstalling it.
You can also try re-registering the IE 9 DLLs. Go to the command prompt, type the following and press Enter after each line:
If that doesn’t work, you can try two other things: start without add-ons and reset Internet Explorer settings.
You can quickly check if this is an add-on problem by clicking Start and typing:
If the problem goes away, then it’s an add-on. Then you can go to IE 9, click the Tool icon and select Manage Add-ons. Disable add-ons and restart them to find out which one is causing the problem.
To reset Internet Explorer settings, go to Tools, Internet Options, and then the Advanced tab. Scroll down and in the “Reset Internet Explorer” section click the “Reset” button. Then click on it again. Then restart IE.
If you are having other problems with IE 9 and have tried all of the above, the issue might be related to some third party software like antivirus or something else.
In such cases, it is best to try creating a new user account and then see how IE 9 behaves. Sometimes things start to work much better with a new user account. If so, then something is wrong with your current profile.
Hopefully this helps with some of the main issues people have faced with IE 9. If you have questions, please leave a comment and I’ll try to help!