IE 11 Release Preview for Windows 7 now available

Microsoft has released a release preview of IE 11 for Windows 7 and you can download the updated build of the platform using the source link below.

To install IE 11 on Windows 7, you must have SP1 installed on your machine, but this will likely not be an issue for many users as this service pack has been out for some time.

IE 11 brings with it improvements to the browsing experience that will help display modern browsers without heavily taxing your system. If you want a closer look at what IE 11 will bring, you can read our recap of the features, here

Internet Explorer 11 is Microsoft’s latest browser that is included with Windows 8.1 and eventually available through Windows Update for Windows 7. With strong competition from Chrome and Firefox, Microsoft has revamped its roll-out strategy for the browser to adopt the company’s rapid release cycle to help it remain competitive in the marketplace. 

As with any beta software, installing non-RTM software on a production machine should be done so with caution.

Download: IE 11 for Windows 7 RP

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No "extra" services, but still has 2 services start where as IE9 only had 1 instance of iexplore.exe.

Liking this so far, after all of 5 minutes use!

How many extra and unnecessary services does this version create?

IE10 had 1 new service running and for that reason, I've never installed it and kept it installed. Hate crap that runs services that it doesn't need and never have found out what that 1 new service is for IE10.

Autoupdate still not working? And it still requires reboot for update... There are some engine installs into system, but they could make it at least IE standalone itself to work without reboot...

So far found two sites not working for me;
1] Space.com: Keeps coming up with their mobile site instead of main site.
2] Optonline.net logs in fine but their email webapp fails badly. Java issue?

Well it's been something like 3 days of use now, and not a single crash or error.
IE 10 crashed steady for me, always crewed up my downloads when a page crashed, and Id have to restart the downloads all over again.
IE 11 is running awesome, and sooo much faster than IE 10 also. Nice work MS!!

I just hope the final version will integrate into mdt 2013 ok. I know IE10 was a huge mess and would not install correctly from cab files unless certain updates were done in a specific order. And there was the issue with the answer file not working due to depreciated settings.

to my shock, this IE11 preview is more broken than the tech / dev previews in past ...

various CMS don't work (any compability mode)
various forums don't work properly or theirs components are acting weird
various business and development web based suites don't work properly

hell even having issues like login to Neowin

then i look at HTML5 test
http://html5test.com/
and CSS3 test
http://css3test.com/

and wonder wtf is MS dev team doing all these years

I guess MS doesn't need people accessing their sites with their own browser, lol!!
Gmail don't work properly either though.
Don't mean **** to me though, I use Outlook 2013 for livemail and gmail anyways.

I'm not having any probs with Outlook webmail or Gmail any more.
Loading super fast now. Nothing wrong at all.
Absolutely loving the speed and stability of this release. Much better than IE 10, for sure.

LUTZIFER said,
I'm not having any probs with Outlook webmail or Gmail any more.
Loading super fast now. Nothing wrong at all.
Absolutely loving the speed and stability of this release. Much better than IE 10, for sure.

Me neither, LUTZIFER. Whatever happened, the issues I thought I was having with Outlook.com are gone, and it seems to be working like normal. Not sure if it was something I did, or just what, but I'm certainly not disappointed.

I kinda like this release of IE11, but I'm surprised that Outlook.com doesn't work right with it. The page loads, but I can't read messages in it.

Can't tell what's new, but definitely is faster and works much better than IE 10.
Nice stable release like any other non-final program releases I've used.
Would be nice to know exactly what has changed, etc. etc.

LUTZIFER said,
Can't tell what's new, but definitely is faster and works much better than IE 10.
Nice stable release like any other non-final program releases I've used.
Would be nice to know exactly what has changed, etc. etc.

It's probably just engine changes and so on. Support for more things and better performance. Having used IE11 on Win8.1 preview I can tell you that visually it's the same as IE10.

LUTZIFER said,
Can't tell what's new, but definitely is faster and works much better than IE 10.
Nice stable release like any other non-final program releases I've used.
Would be nice to know exactly what has changed, etc. etc.
The most important updates to Internet Explorer 11 are for developers: support improvements for CSS3 and HTML5, WebGL, new dev tools. The only real update for consumers is the new interface for the IE App, click-to-call and tab sync.

Dial Up Connections options - Set default, automatically connect - completely removed, with nothing to replace them. What if one needs a dialed RAS PPPoE connection to connect to the internet? Tough.

I'm surprised no ones brought up html5test yet and so on. It seems like this was always something the anti-IE people latched on to. Oh well, I see Windows 7 getting newer IE versions for some time to come until MS has Windows 9 out, at which point any IE version after that will be just for Win9 and Win8.x I bet.

Chrome 29: 463 and 13 bonus points
Firefox 25.0: 424 and 14 bonus points
Internet Explorer 11.0: 350 and 6 bonus points
Internet Explorer 10.0: 320 and 6 bonus points

Everybody knows html5test.com is a laughable ****** who dares call itself an actual test. Why would anyone same enough mention it

I get 355 and 2 bonus with IE11 on Win 8.1. Anybody got an example where html5test actually is inaccurate (where any modern browser reports inaccurate values), or is it just some fanboy mantra on neowin?

@Emon - I get 355 and 6 bonus points, and that seems to be the legit value.

Anyway... @GP007: Windows 7 will probably also get Internet Explorer 12. As long as that version of IE is launched before January 2015, when Windows 7's mainstream support ends. And looking at Microsoft's release scheme, it will.

fobban said,
Anybody got an example where html5test actually is inaccurate (where any modern browser reports inaccurate values), or is it just some fanboy mantra on neowin?

It only tests that the browser says yeah I implement that. It does NOT test if the functionality is correct. In the past some browsers have hacked something together enough to say that its implemented but would fail any test that tested for correctness. ACID 3 was such a test. ietestdrive has many tests that test for correctness and IE does very well there. IE may not have everything, but what they do have is implemented very well.

Also, IE on Windows 8.1 may require features added in 8.1 to get those additional points.

BannanaNinja said,

It only tests that the browser says yeah I implement that. It does NOT test if the functionality is correct. In the past some browsers have hacked something together enough to say that its implemented but would fail any test that tested for correctness. ACID 3 was such a test. ietestdrive has many tests that test for correctness and IE does very well there. IE may not have everything, but what they do have is implemented very well.

Also, IE on Windows 8.1 may require features added in 8.1 to get those additional points.


html5test blacklists browser that are reported with inaccurate results. Maxthon has been blacklisted for example. I might've missed it, but I haven't seen anything about that FF, Chrome or Opera should've reported wrong values. And if they do, I'd assume those are fixed pretty quick.

fobban said,

html5test blacklists browser that are reported with inaccurate results. Maxthon has been blacklisted for example. I might've missed it, but I haven't seen anything about that FF, Chrome or Opera should've reported wrong values. And if they do, I'd assume those are fixed pretty quick.
Mainly because the creator of that test is a Chrome-boy, Firefox doesn't have those issues that much, but Chromes implementation of HTML5 and CSS3 are just bad.

brainsuck said,
Symantec Endpoint 12.1 ru 3 works fine on 8.1 rtm

I believe I'm at that version 12.1.3001.165. Does that match what you have?

Also look at the IE11 Add-on and see if the Symantec Vulnerability Protection is enabled, or disabled. If disabled, try enabling it.

Curiousity - Ive learned that Netflix now uses HTML5 for web browser video playback in the Windows 8.1 preview running IE11, and by extension now supports HD streaming via the web. I wonder if IE11 in Win 7 will support the same?

Vykranth said,
New version gives 11.0.9600.16384
Update Versions: Release Preview (KB2841134)

interesting, same version # as windows 8.1 rtm

Er if you mean Windows 8.x sure, IE11 is coming to Win8.x.. Now if you stay on Windows8.0 without updating to 8.1 then NO you will not be getting the browser. Its built for 8.1(ported to Win7)

IE11 will be available to Win8.0 users come 17 Oct via the Windows Store included in the 8.1 update, Simple!

Studio384 said,
Mmm, I wonder if Internet Explorer 11 will come to Windows 8.0.

I don't like calling people out on their choices, but sticking with 8.0 over 8.1 seems to be bordering on the perverse...

Mugwump00 said,
Are Quick Tabs removed in this too?

A curse upon whomever decided this!!!!

Wasn't that removed in IE8??

(Checks IE10 on Windows 7....)

No. Disabled by default, but only to promote Aero-peek.

A superior feature to Aero-peek, other browsers, and one that easily slips into 'muscle memory'.

Damn you Microsoft!

"IE 11 brings with it improvements to the browsing experience that will help display modern browsers without heavily taxing your system."

What the hell does this even mean?

Chrome and Firefox have always been up to par with HTML support, but they always take a good portion of my computer's Memory.

Iexplore doesn't

yea IE may consume less memory, but IE 10 still run slow like **** on my i5-2500s 2.7ghz-3.7ghz, 4gb ram 3gb usable, 500gb 7200rpm hdd, win7 32bit, i wonder why? lastest chrome did consume alot of memory, but it run fast.

LUTZIFER said,
Good for you.
In many cases, the FINAL versions of software can be buggier than alpha/beta/preview versions.

I don't think I have ever experienced that.

LUTZIFER said,
obviously you must have, or how did you get the idea that preview versions are buggy? lol.

I have no idea how you came to that conclusion from his statement.

LUTZIFER said,
Good for you.
In many cases, the FINAL versions of software can be buggier than alpha/beta/preview versions.

In many cases, eating a cooked meal can taste nastier than the raw ingredients!