Internet Explorer 6.0 err, I mean Internet Explorer 9 released to public

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Internet Explorer 9 (or is it Internet Explorer 6.0?)

I'm not really sure why, but after having recently installed Internet Explorer 9 (64-Bit) on my PC, whenever I visit any sites using Microsoft's brand-spanking new browser, the title tag of a visited site is followed by "IE 6.0 (6.00.2900.2180) (Microsoft Internet Explorer)."

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And no, it doesn't just happen at Microsoft's site

Interestingly enough, version 6.00.2900.2180 is Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP SP2 (I'm running Win7 Pro 64-Bit, for the record).

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IE 6.0 scores a 95/100 on Acid3 Test! (alright, it's really IE9)

If anybody else is seeing this behavior on the browser's title bar, fear not. This is definitely not IE 6.0, as evidenced by the fact that the websites that I've visited, so far, actually seem to be rendering properly. In fact, a quick visit to The Acid3 Test returns a 95/100 rating, which is a huge step in the right direction for Internet Explorer.

Now, if only Microsoft could somehow systematically wipe-out all previous versions of Internet Explorer, the world of web-design would be a much better place.


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Posted by djhaymanMar 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Yes - I have this same issue, and I found out where it’s coming from…

In Registry Editor (regedit.exe), go to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

And you’ll see a value called “Window Title” with the data “IE 6.0 (6.00.2900.2180) (Microsoft Internet Explorer)”

You can just delete this value if you want - then IE will use its default value.

I really don’t know why this is here - but my coworker does NOT have this value set on his computer, even though we have the same setup… Weird.

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Posted by George ProbstMar 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Thanks for the info. It’s nice to know that it’s not just me. I think I’ll leave Registry Key there. I like the novelty effect of having “IE 6” running on Win7 and being fairly standards-compliant.

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Posted by Eric ComptonApr 22, 2011 at 7:31 am

That’s why I just use Safari, because Apple rules!

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