XP SP2 RC1

Last week we shipped SP2 RC1 for Windows XP.  This is a Release Candidate and it is not intended to be used in production environments.  However, those of you who love to test things can check it out here.  Those of you who are merely interested in screen shots can find them here.  Today I…

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why doesn’t the favicon for my site appear in IE7?

Today I have a mini-FAQ on Favicons. Q: How do I make a favicon appear for my site in IE7?A: There are two ways.  The first is to put a file in the root of your domain called favicon.ico.  The second is to use a <link> tag with the rel=”shortcut icon” value and the href…

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why IE will only let you save as BMP

Sometimes you go to save an image from a web page and the only option available to you is BMP, even though the image is obviously not a BMP. People often wonder why, so I will tell you. For whatever reason (perf, architectural simplicity, I dunno) the designers of mshtml decided to keep images around…

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how to cleanly start and stop explorer.exe

If you are running Windows XP and want a cmd prompt with no strange environment variables set, do the following: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC->File->CTRL+New Task (Run…)This will open a cmd window with only the basics.  This is useful if you have killed Explorer and need to restart it.  Explorer will keep the environment of the cmd window that…

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KB832894 is now live at Windows Update

I recommend everyone visit Windows Update and install this patch.  Here is the security bulletin containing technical information about the patch.  I will summarize it for you. This patch fixes a cross domain vulnerability that could allow LMZ script execution (this is the Back button JScript vulnerability).  This patch fixes the DHTML drag-drop file download vulnerability (save…

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windows xp sp2 rc2

I have been slacking in the posting department during my recent travels.  RC2 shipped last week, while I was in NYC.  Others have spoken about it.  I will describe briefly what changed wrt pop-up blocker.  But first a warning: everyday we have an internal build of RC2.  Everyday I install the latest build on my…

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IE shortcuts

My roommate had a house guest over this weekend and I woke one morning to find her in the office attempting to use a computer currently busy showing football in full screen mode.  She was grapling with the trackball, a device she was unfamiliar with.  When I walked in, she looked up and said, “Help? …

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How do I change what CTRL+ENTER does in IE?

When using IE, CTRL+ENTER is a very useful shortcut.  It puts ‘http://www’ before the text in the address bar and ‘.com’ at the end.  So if I want to visit ‘http://www.microsoft.com’ all I have to do is type ALT+D, microsoft, CTRL+ENTER.  But what if I want to change what CTRL+ENTER does?  Is that possible?  Of course…

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more on why ie will only let you save as bmp

…and why View->Source sometimes stops working. I had previously discussed this here.  In that post I mentioned the reason for this was IE’s cache was filling up.  This brings up the question, “Why does the cache scavanger not kick in and do its job at that point?”  To answer, I must first explain a bit…

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xpsp2 beta pop-up manager feedback

I thought I would take some time to respond to some of the feedback from the beta.  First, we have gotten a lot of very positive feedback on the Pop-up Manager.  I am very happy about this.  I have always been excited to work on IE because it is used by so many people.  Having…

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