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Having problems with Internet Explorer 7 visiting certain sites?

by on Aug.14, 2006, under Technology

Are you running Internet Explorer 7 and having problems with some sites not working properly or even completely rejecting you when they used to work when you were running IE6?

A http header called the "User Agent String" sent by your browser to the server identifies the major version of the browser to web sites so that the sites can offer certain functionality on particular browser versions. In some cases, websites might misidentify a new version of IE as an outdated version, with results ranging from rendering and behavior issues to total rejection of the user.

The following utility temporarily changes registry keys on an IE 7.0 installation to allow a user to mimic an IE 6.0 installation as a simple workaround until problematic sites update their code. It also offers users the option to report these problematic sites to Microsoft.

The following utility once installed opens an Internet Explorer 7.0 window that is configured to report its identity to websites as being Internet Explorer 6.0:

Download: User Agent String Utility version 2


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