Microsoft has released a "reliability update" to stop the new pre-release Internet Exporer 8 browser crashing the Windows 7 Beta operating system.
"The update will improve Internet Explorer's reliability for users running the Windows 7 Beta. The update is now available via Windows Update, and can also be downloaded via Microsoft Update", said Microsoft in a blog.
The update addresses problems such as "crashes, hangs, and memory leaks", said Microsoft. The blog has attracted a stream of comments from users explaining how they have been hit by the problems.
Microsoft said, "We found that approximately 10% of customers who had downloaded the Windows 7 Beta had experienced some type of reliability problem in IE8. We also found that a small number of users were experiencing crashes on a more regular basis, and that about 1.5% of all Internet Explorer sessions had encountered a crash."
It added, "This is relatively good for a pre-release version of Internet Explorer running on a beta operating system. We were also pleased to see that the new IE8 Crash Recovery feature was successfully helping customers recover from these crash situations 94% of the time."