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Old October 22nd, 2012, 03:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Google Calendar on XP IE8

Old stuff, like me: Ď05 HP PC, Win XP Media (with the Media removed), Google Calendar, Sprint Optimus S.

I have everything working just fine and am sick and tired of having to upgrade just to keep doing what Iím already doing. Now I get this when loading the Google Calendar page:

You are using an old browser which will soon be unsupported. Upgrade to a modern browser, such as Google Chrome.

I click Dismiss, but have learned that when IE10 comes out next week-ish, I wonít be able to run the site at all. But for me to run IE10, I have to buy and install Windows 7 and make a complete mess of things. Ferchrissakes...

So I guess to avoid all that I should just get Chrome or something similar?

And is there a companion to replace Outlook Express, which is considered awful by everyone but me?

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Old October 25th, 2012, 11:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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On the off chance that anyone gives a rip about this, I found a post that led me to
Change the User Agent String in Internet Explorer 8. I apparently tells the world that I’m using something other than IE8, which is supposed to get Google to shut up.
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Old October 26th, 2012, 01:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would just install Chrome and be done with it. It's a much better browser than IE, and more secure as well.
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Old October 26th, 2012, 07:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old October 26th, 2012, 08:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I would just install Chrome
Ended up trying that, twice, failed both times. Thatís what got me hunting for that trick. If thatís no good, will try Chrome again, or Firefox, or newspaper stands.
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Old November 17th, 2012, 04:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ended up trying that, twice, failed both times.
Poking around, I now discover that not only did it install even though it told me otherwise, it works -- Iím on it right now. But I canít figure if and how I show my bookmarks on a side column like IE does. Help?

Back on the IE8 kvetch, I discovered that installing the Google Chrome Frame add-on is supposed to make the ďYou are using a version of Internet Explorer which will soon be unsupportedĒ nag go away, but so far, no such luck. Help?
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Old November 18th, 2012, 12:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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It's probably going on the MSIE 8.0 running XP, user agent string.

Chrome should install on XP with a minimum of SP2. I've done it on my office PC.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 10:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It's probably going on the MSIE 8.0 running XP, user agent string.
Iím pondering trying Bayden UAPick:
This small little add-on allows you to quickly customize the User-Agent string sent by IE8+ without restarting.
That way I suppose I could make Google think Iím using something other than IE8, but might open Pandoraís box at the same time.

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Chrome should install on XP with a minimum of SP2. I've done it on my office PC.
Iím on SP3. Chrome worked fine, at least until I uninstalled it, for now.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 10:52 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I’m pondering trying Bayden UAPick:
Loaded it. Pretended to be a few different things, Google sites seem happiest when I have it set to Opera 9.63.

No more nag!

Edit: never mind. Masquerading as Opera, calendar is read-only. Some others work but Groups won’t load. Tried ‘em all, back to IE8 and the nags.
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Tried to install Chrome Frame several times and it finally caught. And right now, the nag is gone! I have no idea what else it’s doing in there, nothing new in the programs folder, nothing new in IE8 Tools... a complete and so-far wonderful mystery.
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Tried to install Chrome Frame several times and it finally caught.
But that was apparently only because I tried the single-user path. And that means I have to logon to any Google site over and over, which is more trouble then just clicking ďdismiss.Ē So I Gobacked and am right where I started. Then I found this tweak:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer
in the registry and change any version key contents to (90811) 9.0.8112.16421
(That's the version of my IE9 on my win7 pc.)
If there is a version key located here:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\..\Internet Explorer\version vector\
Change the version to 9.0000


And it does nothing either, probably another version tweak Iím missing...
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Grrr... just tried Firefox in earnest. It is definitely faster and does not nag about the calendar – the whole point of this – but it has no idea how to import bookmarks. I just spent hours dragging IE links over. And now that I’ve done that, I have to try them all and figure out how to change their icons, cuz I do that.

edit: And it doesn’t use anywhere near the memory that IE8 does.

edit: Gobacked, Mozilla never happened on my PC.
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I surrender, although it’s way past Oct 26 2012, everything still works and I still get nagged:

Internet Explorer 8 users
As previously announced, Internet Explorer 10 launches on October 26, 2012, and as a result, we will discontinue support for Internet Explorer 8 shortly afterwards, on November 15. Prior to this date, users accessing Google Apps services using Internet Explorer 8 will see a message recommending that they upgrade their browser.
Organizations that depend on old versions of Internet Explorer may want to consider a dual browser strategy.

Google Apps users with unsupported browsers may find that some features do not function, or the application doesn't load. For example:
Calendar: Calendars display in read-only mode.
Gmail: Gmail users are redirected to the basic HTML interface of Gmail. Drive: Drawings and presentations don't display properly.
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On the off chance that anyone gives a rip about this, I found a post that led me to
Change the User Agent String in Internet Explorer 8. I apparently tells the world that Iím using something other than IE8, which is supposed to get Google to shut up.
Hey, there's a solution.

But I find that in XP the difference between Chrome and Internet Explorer 8 is night and day. At least it's like this on my school computers, which I'm using one right now.
Chrome works faster on XP here than Internet Explorer, and that's because IE8 is out of date by years. Chrome is ALWAYS up to date. However, when you are on a modern computer such as a Windows 8 computer, there really is not much of a noticable difference between Chrome and IE10, which is why I never bothered to install Chrome on my Windows 8 machine. IE10 is a good browser that's up to date.
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I now have Chrome and Firefox installed, but I only use them when I must, since I inexplicably still prefer IE8. I just tried to install Google’s Chrome Frame Plugin about five times (again), but it will not. It’s supposed to be a cure for this exact mismatch...
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On the umpteenth try, I got Chrome Frame to install. Rebooted, started IE8, it shows up as an enabled add-on. But I still have the same problems as before, that being the “You are using an old browser which will soon be unsupported. Upgrade to a modern browser, such as Google Chrome."

... apparently, a complete waste of time.
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Then, googling for tips, I find:

There's a setting in IE to "enable third party browser extensions" under Advanced tab in options. If this is not enabled, GCF won't run.

Maybe just me, but that brought it all down to crawl.

I’m getting ready to agree with everyone that the web has changed a lot since IE8.
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Then, googling for tips, I find:

There's a setting in IE to "enable third party browser extensions" under Advanced tab in options. If this is not enabled, GCF won't run.

Maybe just me, but that brought it all down to crawl.

I’m getting ready to agree with everyone that the web has changed a lot since IE8.
Yep. You're starting the feel the obsolescence pinch. With XP support being discontinued by Microsoft in 2014, IE8 is the last IE XP will ever see. And web developers have decided to dump IE8 and its...quirks...and move on. Its either get a newer 3rd party browser, or upgrade the OS.
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I think Iíll have to do that along with the computer it lived in. Waiting for those desktop Androids to get a little more irresistible, or Windows 8.1, or some other miracle.
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that brought it all down to crawl.
Tried it again and it works fine... donít tell anyone.
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