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Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 10 For Windows 7 321

An anonymous reader writes "Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 is out. Windows 8 may suck but now you can at least enjoy (most of) that version's Internet Explorer. IE10 for Win7, originally not planned, has seen the light of day after all — four months after it debuted in Windows 8. It is available via Windows Update as an optional update; however, if you've already installed a pre-release version, it will be updated automatically as an 'important' update. IE10 on Win7 requires a platform update to bring some Windows 8 APIs to the more mature Windows, and it will not feature embedded Adobe Flash as the Windows 8 version does (use the plug-in version from Adobe, as usual, instead)."
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Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 10 For Windows 7

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  • mistake in article (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 26, 2013 @01:25PM (#43015807)

    IE7 on Win7 requires a platform update
    should be
    IE10 on Win7 requires a platform update I think

  • by h4rr4r ( 612664 ) on Tuesday February 26, 2013 @01:27PM (#43015825)

    Artificially limiting what versions of the OS can run their other software is a huge annoyance of windows. There is no reason why this and newer DirectX could not be back ported to XP.

  • How to block IE10 (Score:4, Informative)

    by toygeek ( 473120 ) on Tuesday February 26, 2013 @01:36PM (#43015933) Homepage Journal

    Open an Administrative Command Prompt (click Start, type "cmd" then Ctrl+Shift+Enter) and paste in this command.

    REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Setup\10.0" /v "DoNotAllow IE10" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

    From my blog: http://tidbitsfortechs.blogspot.com/2013/02/blocking-ie10-on-windows-7-heres-how-to.html [blogspot.com]

  • by squiggleslash ( 241428 ) on Tuesday February 26, 2013 @01:37PM (#43015945) Homepage Journal

    No. Most of those versions of Windows were not hated "when they came out".

    Win 3.1 was massively groundbreaking at the time, a huge improvement on 3.0, itself the first version of Windows to be taken seriously. People started to seriously dislike it as time went by, with its major memory problems, and as systems that had superior UIs but inferior featuresets (such as Mac OS) started to catch up, but at the time it was launched? It was loved.

    95, ditto.

    98? I thought it was meh, and by that point the Microsoft vs Netscape war was on, with Linux starting to get taken seriously. Still, people who liked Windows liked it.

    Me? Yes. That one you're correct about, people hated it when it came out.

    2000? No, that was widely loved. XP? Mixed reception, as it was the first consumer version of NT (good), but also introduced everything from the ugliest UI since Windows 3.1 to "Product activation".

    Vista. Yes, That one you're correct about. But that was based upon user reviews. (Personally I didn't think Vista was that awful, but...)

    7? No. Widespread rejoicing as almost everything that was wrong about XP was fixed. There were even die-hard GNU/Linux users who were willing to run it. Even I like 7.

    8? Yes. That one you're correct about. But that's based upon user reviews.

    So, basically, out of the eight versions of Windows you mention, three were panned "When they came out", three were widely praised, and two had mixed verdicts. Even on Slashdot.

  • Re:How to block IE10 (Score:4, Informative)

    by CastrTroy ( 595695 ) on Tuesday February 26, 2013 @01:53PM (#43016099) Homepage
    As a personal user, you probably have no reason not to upgrade, but for companies, there's many intranet applications that will break if you move to IE10. We're still running some machines on IE8 because it's the latest version that works with some of our stuff, and there's no way to upgrade the existing software.
  • by unixisc ( 2429386 ) on Tuesday February 26, 2013 @02:08PM (#43016239)
    Actually, I use IE9 at work, and IE10 at home - both on Windows 7. There is a clear difference that I notice on /. - whenever I'm posting in IE9, things like autocorrect, spelling error highlighting, occur, while in the Comment Subject box, there is an 'X' at the end, which if clicked, will delete the entire subject line and one can type. The latter is just a tad more elegant, but the former is a major improvement. That said, I'm not planning to upgrade on the office box, but yeah, I do think that IE10 is better.
  • by filthpickle ( 1199927 ) on Tuesday February 26, 2013 @02:13PM (#43016303)
    You probably use FF because you just like it more in general. But in case anyone wants to know.

    Type chrome:plugins in the address bar to open the Plug-ins page.
    On the Plug-ins page that appears, find the "Flash" listing.
    To enable Adobe Flash Player, click the Enable link under its name.
    To disable Adobe Flash Player completely, click the Disable link under its name.
  • by Runaway1956 ( 1322357 ) on Tuesday February 26, 2013 @02:22PM (#43016411) Homepage Journal

    "If people hate Windows 8 so much, why do they even bother commenting on it, "

    Apparently you have failed to notice, that the things we hate the most about Win8 are also being adopted by OTHER operating systems.

    We bitch, we moan, we threaten and cajole, we even develop new desktop environments in rebellion against the metro-cloud thing. Not only are we not going to use the damned thing, but WE WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW WHY!!

    Does that help you to understand?

  • Who uses IE anyways? (Score:2, Informative)

    by gweihir ( 88907 ) on Tuesday February 26, 2013 @02:42PM (#43016699)

    Using IE is an indicator for incompetence. The worst browser all around....

  • by omnichad ( 1198475 ) on Tuesday February 26, 2013 @02:55PM (#43016859) Homepage

    You mean the Windows 8 app store? They have that. Yes, it's separate from OS updates, but it's centralized and drm-laden as you imagined.

  • by omnichad ( 1198475 ) on Tuesday February 26, 2013 @03:00PM (#43016941) Homepage

    What about Siri? Apple certainly did restrict older devices. All it requires is a microphone and the ability to upload a recording to a server. And they pretended it used advanced technology on the phone itself. It wasn't even until a later phone that they actually improved the microphone to work well with Siri.

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