Today at work I installed Internet Explorer 8 for local development and testing. Soon I found myself sweating as I was no longer able to access our issue tracking system, Mercury (now HP) Quality Center 9.0. QC is basically a full-window ActiveX control client-server app that auto-installs when you visit the QC home page of your local QC server. Only, IE 8 kept crashing and auto-retrying the activex auto-install around 3 times, finally failing with a “too many failures” message. Luckily I stumbled across the QC Explorer download a few pages down in my google search results. Voila, standalone QC – full featured, at that – without using IE. Just install it, launch it, and in the address bar enter your existing QC URL with it (including /qcbin/start_a.htm).
Hope this helps someone else,