Microsoft is receiving scattered reports that one of the security patches issued last week for Internet Explorer (IE) is causing problems for users testing a new beta version of the browser alongside the existing version, according to a company blogger.
Links come up blank, multiple windows open when the browser is started, or the browser "hangs," wrote Jeremy Dallman, project manager for IE security bulletins, on a Microsoft blog on Friday.
The problem comes when a user attempts to run the beta 1 version of IE 7 in "an unsupported side-by-side configuration with a version of IE 6." The IE 7 beta version puts a registry key on the machine the first time the IE 7 ".exe" file is run, and that key will not be configured correctly if an unsupported side-by-side install is used, Dallman wrote.
The key will be removed when the installer is used to run IE 7 Beta 1, Dallman wrote. To fix the problem, IE 7 should be uninstalled and then reinstalled, Dallman wrote.
The full details of the posting are available at http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/.