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I tried to replicate the issue under IE8 with a custom template, but the only scenario that coincides with what you describe is if a new template is applied to the page, and it is left in a state of Published (newer than draft).
Can you, please, make sure that your page is in Published status after applying the template.
I hope the above information helps you resolve this issue. If you need any further assistance on that matter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you in advance.
the Telerik team