Windows 7 / IE8-IE9 issue
I just got the tip to use the icon right to the address-bare of, in this case IE9.
It works. After switching sort off back to the old time's everything looks and works fine.
It's not the structural solution but ik works 4 the time being.
It worked in my case, dont konw if it will solve your "embarrassing" problem.
Konw the feeling.