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Odd font rendering in IE 8 after update RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm wondering if Tuesday night's IE security update KB3021952 might have messed the way IE displays text on websites.

    When I log into our web-based E-Mail client, SmarterMail, the font looks smaller than usual, and is harder to read. Even making it large. Some letters seem randomly bold, and the letters are all slightly distorted.

    This is on Windows Server 2008 64-bit Standard, SP2 and Internet Explorer 8.

    I am not seeing the issue in IE11. I am also not seeing it in IE10, or in IE10 with browser mode set to IE8.

    Zoom and font settings have not changed.

    I get the same effect on major websites such as Google.



    • Edited by BHenson1 Friday, February 13, 2015 4:49 PM
    Thursday, February 12, 2015 5:27 PM

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  • Hi Ben,

    If its only happening on web site its not a browser issue.. more likely it is how the website is programmed.(it may be using 'browser sniffing', or has been hard programmed to older browsers)

    Possibly changes to DirectX could alter truetype qualities. Start>Control Panel>Display>True Type tuner. or Start>dxdiag.exe

    The first step in troubleshooting web browser issues is to test in noAddons mode.

    Regards.


    Rob^_^

    Thursday, February 12, 2015 10:38 PM
  • Brian, actually.

    This problem is affecting all web sites. Including major sites like Google, bing, etc

    Problem persists in noaddons mode.

    DirectX diag shows no problems found.

    -Brian

    Thursday, February 12, 2015 10:50 PM
  • Assuming Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, is it time to upgrade IE8 to IE11? See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2014/08/07/stay-up-to-date-with-internet-explorer.aspx

    You may want to see the Known Issues section of KB30103455.

    .


    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear) MS MVP-Windows Client since 2002 Disclaimer: MS MVPs neither represent nor work for Microsoft


    Friday, February 13, 2015 12:44 AM
  • I am Experiencing the same issues after update IE8 (KB3021952) on Windows Server 2003 X64 + Internet Explorer 8.

    Office 2003 displays odd fonts as well. Once rolled back on this update (and the updates KB3004361, KB3013455, KB3023562, KB3029944) the fonts are displayed normal again. 


    • Edited by DLeuring Friday, February 13, 2015 10:13 AM
    Friday, February 13, 2015 10:12 AM
  • Not R2. Just 2008. This server is slated for an upgrade to R2 but it'll still be a while.

    I have tried updating from IE8 to 9, but it hasn't worked.

    Up until this update the font displayed fine.

    Friday, February 13, 2015 4:48 PM
  • Ah thanks for linking that Robear, noticed this bit:

    • After you install security update 3013455, you may notice some text quality degradation in certain scenarios. The problem occurs on computers that are running the following operating systems: 
      • Windows Server 2008 SP2
      • Windows Server 2003 SP2
      • Windows Vista SP2 
      Microsoft is researching this problem and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available.

    I may simply uninstall this update until Microsoft resolves the issue.

    Friday, February 13, 2015 4:58 PM
  • Ah thanks for linking that Robear, noticed this bit:

    • After you install security update 3013455, you may notice some text quality degradation in certain scenarios. The problem occurs on computers that are running the following operating systems: 
      • Windows Server 2008 SP2
      • Windows Server 2003 SP2
      • Windows Vista SP2 
      Microsoft is researching this problem and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available.

    I may simply uninstall this update until Microsoft resolves the issue.

    Assuming you edited your first post above and replaced Windows Server 2008 64-bit...SP1 with Windows Server 2008 64-bit...SP2, yes, see if uninstalling KB3013455 resolves the behavior.

    PS: When you say "I have tried updating from IE8 to 9, but it hasn't worked," do you mean that IE9 failed to install or installing IE9 didn't correct the fonts issue?


    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear) MS MVP-Windows Client since 2002 Disclaimer: MS MVPs neither represent nor work for Microsoft

    Friday, February 13, 2015 8:39 PM
  • IE 9 failed to install. Spent hours trying to get it to work. Finally gave up.
    Friday, February 13, 2015 8:56 PM
  • IE 9 failed to install. Spent hours trying to get it to work. Finally gave up.
    Good luck upgrading to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1!

    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear) MS MVP-Windows Client since 2002 Disclaimer: MS MVPs neither represent nor work for Microsoft

    Friday, February 13, 2015 11:52 PM
  • You may want to see the Known Issues section of KB30103455.

    Also see MS15-010 v1.1 (18 February 2015)

    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear) MS MVP-Windows Client since 2002 Disclaimer: MS MVPs neither represent nor work for Microsoft

    Monday, February 23, 2015 5:34 PM