Internet Explorer 10 finally available for Windows 7

Today marks the day that Windows 7 users can finally upgrade their IE to Internet Explorer 10, after a number of feature-incomplete preview versions dating as far back as 2011 were previously the only option.

Microsoft has put up both 32 and 64 bit versions for download, and the browser is available in a number of languages straight off the bat.

IE10 also comes with an automatic update service.

If you want to run Internet Explorer 10 on your PC, here's what it takes:

  • A Windows 7*, 8 or Windows RT PC.
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
  • Internet access (ISP fees might apply)

* Updated, as the requirements page does not yet show Windows 7.

Also ensure you have an up to date system; you may be required to run Windows Update first before you can install Internet Explorer 10.

As a reminder, there might be people out there that do not want IE10 when it becomes an Automatic Update roll out; for those people there's also a tool to block the upgrade here.

Update: The Internet Explorer Facebook page has now confirmed the release, putting an official slant on the event.

Download Internet Explorer 10 here | Image: Internet Explorer on Facebook

Thanks to Mephistopheles for the tip in our forum.

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It broke Aero in my computer. Uninstalled it but Aero is still broken. Any way to restore it?

Win 7 x64 SP1, Intel i7 860, NVIDIA GeForce GT 240, 8GB RAM. It ran Aero perfectly before installing IE10.

It is a great improvement. I downloaded and installed it now. It is faster and the rendering engine is improved now. For example in IE9 when I dragged the scrollbar all the way down and up very fast on the Neowin homepage, the page used to scroll down and up in chunks with hangs in-between. Now when I am doing the same with IE10, the page scrolls up & down very smoothly, i.e. the way it should scroll. This problem was there on many websites, which all are working fine now. And the spelling checker is a welcome addition because it was a much needed feature!

That was probably due to smooth scrolling being enabled, which it shouldn't be, if you REALLY want smooth scrolling. At least that WAS the issue I had for a minute, in IE9. hasn't done that in ages, once disabled.

IE10 is good, but not for me!! I'll stick with IE9, for now.

I mostly use Opera and Seamonkey anyway!!

That's not the issue in my case, My GPU doesn't support hardware rendering. By disabling that option you ENABLE hardware rendering. I can't disable it, because my GPU doesn't support it.

So I am using the exact same setting, that I was using in IE9, which was jerky scrolling but with the same setting in IE10 it is silky smooth scrolling. So a big improvement in the rendering engine.

IE 10 - required 1GB of RAM---are you freaking kidding me?? 1GB of RAM to run a browser?

Thanks, but I'll stick with Chrome and it's 128MB requirement.

Krieg said,
IE 10 - required 1GB of RAM---are you freaking kidding me?? 1GB of RAM to run a browser?

Thanks, but I'll stick with Chrome and it's 128MB requirement.

Not only 1 GB of RAM, but it also requires brain... so that one be able to read something properly. /s

mahara said,

Not only 1 GB of RAM, but it also requires brain... so that one be able to read something properly. /s

Misreading something and being stupid are two unrelated things. But if you weren't such an ******* MS fanboy, you might realize that yourself...but then again...probably not.

Krieg said,
Misreading something and being stupid are two unrelated things. But if you weren't such an ******* MS fanboy, you might realize that yourself...but then again...probably not.

I don't care much about MS. But I do care about engineering things. And looking at your engineering senses, you seems already smarter than MS engineers.

i updated just to keep IE at the newest but in the end i can't see me using this over 'Pale Moon x64' at the end of the day.

Installed and working easily.
Both my company's email and workplace email don't work (compatibility mode fixes them), and i'm not liking the Windows 8 style buttons. Apart from that... well it's another day in the office!

Hey and it corrects spelling now, hooray!

Uninstalled. It broke Aero on my machine. I'll wait for a working version. No rush, I don't use the browser anyway. I just want to make sure the version I do have is secure though.

Here's an interesting "quirk" (quite literally!) ...if you go into F12 Developer Tools, the "Document Modes" available are:
Internet Explorer 9 standards
Internet Explorer 8 standards
Internet Explorer 7 standards
Internet Explorer 5 quirks

IE5!!!????!!

GreatMarkO said,
...from what I understand "Internet Explorer 5 quirks" actually refers to "HTML 5 quirks" NOT Internet Explorer 5 as such... but a pretty misleading thing to include as "Internet Explorer 5 quirks" all the same!

No, it refers to IE5. The rendering engine in IE was last updated in IE5 and wasn't updated again until IE7. IE 5.x and IE 6 were non-rendering engine updates.

"IE10 finally makes it to Windows 7, now we can all uninstall Chrome and Firefox." Funniest comment on it I've seen all day.

Is it just me or does IE10 64it still run 32Bit processes?
I've noticed when i run IE10 there is one process which is 64bit and each tab is a seperate 32bit process? If this is true, then doesn't it defeat the purpose of having a 64bit version?

..and yet they didn't fix any bugs between the release preview and RTM. What a disgrace. Whoever runs the IE development team should be ashamed.

Snowknight26 said,

https://connect.microsoft.com/...nsion-upon-last-tab-closure

Those are only a handful that I have submitted. Now imagine hundreds of people submitting bugs. Now imagine Microsoft not fixing any of them. That's what happened between RP and RTM.

I don't know about the rest, but this one is by design. I also, at first, thought it's misbehaving but it actually makes closing tabs easier.

http://answers.microsoft.com/e...de60-451a-8981-b670c15711e5

Just because something that someone doesn't like is reported, doesn't necessarily mean it's a bug, and if it is and they haven't fixed it yet, doesn't mean they won't later.

Besides, how do you know they haven't changed or fixed anything? Perhaps they fixed some more important bugs that weren't even reported.

Anyone know of any install switches for this? I was using the following with IE9 on reloads/new builds: /passive /update-no /forcerestart

ir0nw0lf said,
Anyone know of any install switches for this? I was using the following with IE9 on reloads/new builds: /passive /update-no /forcerestart

Point to the .exe in a command prompt and try adding a /? switch

Internet Explorer 10 Setup Command Line Switches

Internet Explorer 10 has many command line switches that can be used with the installer. To use the switch, you need to run the setup program in the command prompt (cmd.exe) in the following format (using Windows 7 as an example):
IE10-Windows6.1-x86-en-us.exe [switch1] [switch2] ...


Help Options:

Command Line Switch
Description

/help
Displays this document.


Setup Modes:

Command Line Switch
Description

/passive
Run the installation without any input from the user.

/quiet
Identical to /passive, however, do not show any user interface.


Setup Options:

Command Line Switch
Description

/update-no
Do not check for Internet Explorer updates.

/ieak-full:<path>
Reserved for Internet Explorer Administration Kit use.

/ieak-branding:<path>
Reserved for Internet Explorer Administration Kit use.

/closeprograms
Close programs automatically to allow installation without rebooting the system.


Restart Options:

Command Line Switch
Description

/norestart
Do not restart after installation has completed.

/forcerestart
If a restart is required after installation, restart automatically.


Miscellaneous Options:

Command Line Switch
Description

/log:<path>
Create a log file at :<path>.

/x:<path>
Extract the installation package contents at :<path>.

Is there any support for mouse gestures? Multiple rows of tabs? And is there any way that on restart it will automatically restore the tabs which were open when it was last closed?
Those are the main reasons that I use firefox as my default browser. If IE had more ease-of-use features then I would return to it, but I'm not aware that it does.

gb8080 said,
Is there any support for mouse gestures? Multiple rows of tabs? And is there any way that on restart it will automatically restore the tabs which were open when it was last closed?
Those are the main reasons that I use firefox as my default browser. If IE had more ease-of-use features then I would return to it, but I'm not aware that it does.

1: google > http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/arc...gestures-by-ralph-hare.aspx (other browsers except some mobiles don't have it OOTB either IIRC)
2: No, but tabs can be moved to their separate row giving it more space.
3: yes, when you open a new tab or let the browser show you your favorites/most used when opening. There is a little button in the bottom middle "Restore last session". You can use this any time during the next IE session to restore the previous. Right next to the left of it, it keeps a history of your recent tabs (and their locations and if they where grouped, regroup them)
EDIT: Also a little bottom popup comes up when starting IE after a broken session (IE crash, system crash or anything) asking you to restore session.

Thanks! Noted but I think I will stick to what I know, at least as main browser. IE always available as an alternative, though I've not had any problems with FF so far.

....it's still only an "RTM" (Release to Manufacturing) version. Granted, this is a step up from a "Release Preview"... but it's still not the final thing!! Hurry up Microsoft!!!

Weissmeister said,
RTM is final.

And yet, if you click "What's new in Internet Explorer 10" (Menu bar--Help--What's New In Internet Explorer 10), it takes you to the "Thanks! We're glad you're trying the Internet Explorer 10 Release Preview" page. That's kinda weird, isn't it??

ClassicTrekker said,

And yet, if you click "What's new in Internet Explorer 10" (Menu bar--Help--What's New In Internet Explorer 10), it takes you to the "Thanks! We're glad you're trying the Internet Explorer 10 Release Preview" page. That's kinda weird, isn't it??

In addition, the About dialog still says copyright "2012 Microsoft Corporation"... I wonder if they've forgot to update the About dialog too for this release?

GreatMarkO said,

In addition, the About dialog still says copyright "2012 Microsoft Corporation"... I wonder if they've forgot to update the About dialog too for this release?


Why? IE10 as it is, was released in 2012. Its the exact same rendering engine as on Win8, WinRT and WP8. Its just a backported version.

Shadowzz said,

Why? IE10 as it is, was released in 2012. Its the exact same rendering engine as on Win8, WinRT and WP8. Its just a backported version.

If it was backported it wouldn't have taken this long for IE10 to arrive for Windows 7. So they must have coded it from scratch but decided to copy some things from the IE10 for Windows 8 source code.

Great! I'm running IE10 RC so I hope I get the final version soon! I don't want to do a manual update 'cause I want to see how quickly it updates on its own.

vacs said,
Is the 64-bit version compatible with Windows Home Server 2011?

The IE10 Release Preview was... I'm just about to update my WHS2011, but I have no reason to believe this won't be compatible

GreatMarkO said,

The IE10 Release Preview was... I'm just about to update my WHS2011, but I have no reason to believe this won't be compatible

Thanks, the next question will be then if the installation retains all the special security IE settings for WHS2011 or does it override them all, resulting in a normal Windows 7 IE installation with everything being open to exploits?

Order_66 said,
Why? It's obviously a more user-friendly os than windows 8.

Obviously. Get Windows 7, if you feel that way. Windows XP is dead, and it should get there faster. Its outdated scheduler and memory manager become obvious once you leave it running for a couple of days.

pickypg said,

Obviously. Get Windows 7, if you feel that way. Windows XP is dead, and it should get there faster. Its outdated scheduler and memory manager become obvious once you leave it running for a couple of days.

XP Isn't dead yet. It will officially be dead next year.

soldier1st said,
XP Isn't dead yet. It will officially be dead next year.
Fair point, but the extended support range isn't real support.

soldier1st said,

XP Isn't dead yet. It will officially be dead next year.

Not technically, but practically and functionally yes, it's been dead for some time.

Nice release. Spell checking and new HTML5 features are great. But lack of decent add-on support makes it useless for power users.

Thingol said,
Nice release. Spell checking and new HTML5 features are great. But lack of decent add-on support makes it useless for power users.

IE10 still supports ActiveX.
Also what plugins do you need. It comes with more OOTB then any other browser. Its popup blocker is the best although chrome's equal. No other browser has such a strong self learning adblocker. ABP is good, but needs my manual input. Whereas I only have to tick the box to enable it on IE.
I'm quite a power user and I have absolutely no issues running IE OOTB.

I agree that it needs add-on/plugin support. I only use two plugins in Chrome, but on my laptop and Surface Pro, they save battery life and protect its security: AdBlock and FlashControl.

I rarely want to run Flash, and I want to enable it manually when I do (or whitelist sites like Hulu and YouTube). If IE has a similarly good ad blocker compared to AdBlock, then that solves that need, but I cannot stand the prevalence of Flash; it's great for videos and I want it for that case, but I do not need it being fed to me with virus-laden ads.

Yay! I'm in Windows 8 and love it, but Windows 7 totally needed this too

p.s. The Neowin article thumbnail drastically needs updating to a more metro look. That icon you used is so last century.

Who asked you here on which version you're and whether 7 needed this or not?

Anyway... I'm going to download it. Not that I'll use it, but I want to see if they intentionally broke the font-rendering... Like on both version of IE10 on Windows 8.

PC EliTiST said,
Who asked you here on which version you're and whether 7 needed this or not?

Anyway... I'm going to download it. Not that I'll use it, but I want to see if they intentionally broke the font-rendering... Like on both version of IE10 on Windows 8.

Who asked you here if you were going to download it or use it?

Are you always a huge ****ing jerk-off like this?

PC EliTiST said,
Who asked you here on which version you're and whether 7 needed this or not?

Anyway... I'm going to download it. Not that I'll use it, but I want to see if they intentionally broke the font-rendering... Like on both version of IE10 on Windows 8.


They broke the font rendering?
uhm.
The fonts look much better then on chrome or firefox, where I can see the pixels (especially FX, and even worse on Linux).
I have to jam my eye into the screen to distinguish the pixels on the font with IE10 on Windows 8.
Altho the font looks heavier/bolder on IE10 then other browsers. But you can make it look as tiny as it does by default on Chrome (CTRL+SCROLLWHEEL)

PC EliTiST said,
Who asked you here on which version you're and whether 7 needed this or not?

Oh course 7 needed this, don't be such a dumb ****

Shadowzz said,

The fonts look much better then on chrome or firefox, where I can see the pixels (especially FX, and even worse on Linux).

That's really interesting considering Firefox and IE both use DirectWrite for fonts...

Yes, i hate web installers, i hope they release full installers. I often install newer browsers on friends computers, requiring an internet connection would be a real pain.

P.S it is very annoying that they require you to have a windows live account to download it, they don't need those details at all.

Hokgiarto Saliem said,
Ops online installer....waiting offline installer.

All you have to do is download the ieak for IE 10 and you can download the full package that way. I just did it for x86 and x64.

eddman said,

The 64-bit version installs the 32-bit version too.

Yes but perhaps he wants the 32-bit installer for 32-bit systems, not to run the 32-bit version on a 64-bit install.

Tyler R. said,
So it still has that ugly metro style scroll bar? Ugh...

Lol, I love the scrollbar! It's transparent so the webpages have full width. Amazing.

Lprd2007 said,

Lol, I love the scrollbar! It's transparent so the webpages have full width. Amazing.

I fail to see how an extra 18 pixels of width is "amazing"...

If you designed websites and worked with windows and widths (and discrepancies between IE and other popular browsers) you'd appreciate it more

Neobond said,
Run Windows Update first maybe?

Correct. Ensure you're on the latest updates or at least install the one released last week which prepares your system for the update!

They could have at least bothered to add the correct requirements to the download page. I was required to install IE9 prior to installing IE10 but the download page (on the Downloads Center) said that only Windows 7 SP1 is required.

Great news, hopefully now some of the big banking sites will support it. Been nothing but problems with sites blocking IE10 for Win 8. Well not blocking it to say more not knowing what it is so breaks.

Too bad it's still buggy..

Trying to upload files to Outlook.com as an attachment there are folders in My Documents it somehow doesn't show in the Open File dialog. Few other things I notice they didn't fix from the preview. Hopefully they release updates that cover these things, so far it feels like a downgrade from IE9.