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Thread: Control opening of multiple iexplore.exe processes in IE8

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    HappyAndyK is offline Site Administrator
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    Default Control opening of multiple iexplore.exe processes in IE8

    If you have been using IE7, you are probably used to all your tabs opening under the same iexplore.exe process. The only exception is if you are on a Windows Vista machine and you are moving from Protected to Unprotected mode.

    Internet Explorer 8 had a big makeover in this area. You will now notice that new tabs typically open in a new process. By default, IE8 will start with two instances of iexplore.exe (one for the Frame, one for the tab) and grows the number of tab processes as needed based on the amount of available RAM, the number of tabs, the integrity levels for tabs, and the number of distinct IE sessions .

    You do have control over this new design through a registry key.

    Nice read at Opening a New Tab may launch a New Process with Internet Explorer 8.0 - We know IE! - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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    gwegwe is offline New Member
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    I used to use this version of IE7.

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    Dude111 is offline Windows Enthusiast
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    I use MyIE2 (Its an IE add-on) and i can select wheather to only allow 1 instance of MyIE2 or more.... (I have it set to only 1 instance)

    Thats crazy that IE8 opens new tabs IN A NEW INSTANCE!! (A program error??)

    I wonder if IE8 is not set as the default browser if it would still do it.. (Or if it would open "The default" browser)

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