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I may have discovered a bug in internet explorer 8 but can’t find a way to report it to Microsoft.
Firefox renders some things quite differently to Internet Explorer.
So to test the appearance I keep changing my default browser between the two.
On Windows 7 Pro 32 bit;
When setting Internet Explorer 8 as the default browser it does not overwrite the registry settings in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\command as well as several other nearby registry locations.
This means that Firefox remains my default browser regardless even though Explorer thinks that it is the default browser.

When I click 'Make IE8 the default' it clearly makes a change somewhere as it then thinks it is the default even though it isn't.

It is possible that there is another explanation, but it really does appear like a basic bug.

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Running IE8 sites designed for IE7, which causes compatibility problems with IE8. Before RC1, IE8 has presented its compatibility View, which trick a website into thinking that you are using Internet Explorer 7. When you encounter compatibility problems on the site, click the small icon of a broken hand to the right of the address bar and you can then view the site correctly, as if you use Internet Explorer 7.

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You can uninstall Firefox and see how IE8 perform. Than install Firefox again and uncheck it as default browser.

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