Thread: MSIE-Free hardware?
March 17th, 2006, 01:30 PM #1
Re: Microsoft Internet Explorer dependencies
What was initially a simple question is turning into a Gol-danged QUEST:
can I PLEASE have my new hardware installed without having to install MS Internet Exploder?
Sitting on my floor, one day after purchase and re-boxed, ready for return to vendor, one HP MFC printer. Upon attempting to load the drivers, it aborted all loading without finding MSIE on my system.
I took MSIE off my system. I don't want it on there after all those CERT warnings and repeated patches and Security Updates and SP1, SP2.... I use Mozilla or Opera.
But what do you do when third-party hardware of software refuses to install without MSIE being on your system?
I remember the day when drivers took one, or maybe three floppies to load and MSIE was not a condition. Even more recently, you loaded the drivers, some aplications, perhaps rebooted and you were under way.
This Microsoft Internet Explorer dependency has reared its head with two different HP printers recently. Their tech help wrote back, admitting their products will not install and therefore, will not work without MSIE being there too.
Guess that makes the choice of NOT buying any more crack-addicted hardware that much easier.
QUESTION: who makes new printers that DON'T require MSIE?
Note: this is not an invitation to a Flame-War.
This is not an invitation to 'educating' me as to why MSIE is superior and necessary.
The call of the question is: MSIE-free hardware.
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