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Vista With IE 9 – Why Do Some Sites Have Problems?

Monday, April 29th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Tony from New York City writes: I use a desktop computer with OS Vista and IE 9. On some websites, I am told that I am using an out dated browser. I am using the latest browser for Vista. Do you know why I am getting this message and what can I do about it? One site in particular, AMC, does not even let me use at all because it says my browser is too old!

The latest version of Internet Explorer is IE 10 with IE 11 expected to arrive this summer. Windows Vista does not support upgrading to Internet Explorer 10. In fact, Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows Vista in April of last year. And that can cause issues with some sites that require the latest version of the browser. So even though you have the latest version of the browser your operating system will support, you don’t have the latest version available.  I would suggest trying other browser like Firefox to see if that solves your issue or perhaps considering an upgrade to Windows 7, if the problem bothers you enough to make it worth spending money to fix.

Hope that helps.

~ Cynthia

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5 Responses to “Vista With IE 9 – Why Do Some Sites Have Problems?”

  1. George Singleton says:

    Cynthia, Tony might have have a message generated by a web programmer checking his version of IE, but not necessarily. The Golf Channel displays the same message, and it’s just a literal. It’s not the result of decision logic, but a constant. So annoying! I’ve stopped using the site because they refuse to delete the message.
    George Singleton, DBA
    Fort Worth Texas

  2. Vernon says:

    I have had the same problem and in consulting with our computer expert I was informed that there are many sites that don’t work well with IE and we need to either use Google Chrome or FireFox. When I run into a problem like that I switch over to Google Chrome and everything seems to work fine.

  3. Karen says:

    How come everyone always wants you to upgrade!? After all we are in a recession and don’t dare spend any extra money. A lot have lost their jobs and if working hope they don’t. With Obamacare coming down the pike a whole lot more will lose their jobs and or working hours so wages will be cut. If you spent money on a new computer or upgrade you just might need for food or utilities in two or three months.!

  4. JC says:

    I use Chrome and all is well. Im going to switch to a mac when this pc dies. Windows failure to support its older users made my decission not me. Windows proved it is not your friend so why do you support them if you no longer need too? Just fire them!!!

    • cynthia says:

      Keep in mind that Apple also stops supporting certain devices after a period of time, actually often a little shorter than the 10 years support Windows gives their OS. They generally don’t make an announcement that support is ending in the way Windows did for XP, they just simply stop issuing security updates and bug fixes and newer programs just stop working with it. No OS is going to last forever (and that includes Linux, you often have to update to a newer version of that as well if you want security and bug patches.)

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