IE10 for Windows 7 download page already live ahead of launch

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced it would release the first version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 users sometime in November. This "Release Preview" of the latest browser from Microsoft will be made available after the launch of Windows 8 on October 26th, which includes IE10.

Now it appears that Microsoft is wasting no time in getting ready for the Windows 7 IE10 launch. The company has already posted up a download page for the browser, although at the moment none of the links work.

The page does show that in addition to the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 (with Service Pack 1 installed), Microsoft will also have a version of IE10 available for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 in its 64-bit incarnation. There are 36 different language versions that will be offered, plus four additional display languages.

The page also has a link which shows the system requirements for the browser. They are as follows:

Processor

Computer with a 1 gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.

Operating system

Windows 7 32-bit with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher
Windows 7 64-bit with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher
Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) 64-bit

Memory

Windows 7 32-bit—512 MB
Windows 7 64-bit—512 MB
Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit—512 MB

Hard drive space

Windows 7 32-bit—70 MB
Windows 7 64-bit—120 MB
Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit—200 MB

Drive

CD-ROM drive (if installation is done from a CD-ROM)

Display

Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor with 256 colors

Peripherals

Modem or Internet connection
Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device

Thanks to lordofangels for the tip!

Source: Internet Explorer 10 Release Preview Page | Image via Microsoft

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How come no one has asked about features yet?

What's new in IE 10 for Windows 7? I saw nothing about it on the release preview page either, which is kind of strange, since a release preview should have no breaking changes compared to the final version, essentially being a "release candidate".

i lol'd at the system specs. can we stop w/ these yet? a CD-ROM drive might have been useful to install IE in the 90s...

Gosh, idk if my 1TB hard drive can handle IE - do i have 50MB available? is my high res flat panel monitor Super VGA with at least 256 colors? What year is this?

Man instead of people being happy that they're actually releasing IE10 for Windows 7, everyone is practically b***ing about it. And for those asking if anyone is still using it - get a life. There is nothing wrong with IE10. I'm a web developer, have all 5 (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari) browsers pinned to my start screen / task bar. I use mostly IE for normal browsing. Its simple, fast and just works. Every site that's worth my time works just fine. Don't see it get unresponsive and requiring a restart like Chrome often does (IE would just reload the one tab that's acting up; never had a full blown crash with it yet), etc, etc.

A lot of people also complain about standards and such too but I'm not even gonna go there because half of the people don't even know what they are talking about and don't get the difference between a standard and a draft and/or a proposal by a standards body.

I love how these days it recommends a 1GHz processor for a browser.

God knows how Windows 95 ran on a 75MHz processor with 8MB ram lol

technikal said,
I love how these days it recommends a 1GHz processor for a browser.

God knows how Windows 95 ran on a 75MHz processor with 8MB ram lol

Shocking how software has higher hardware requirements today than it did 17 years ago.

Lord Method Man said,

Shocking how software has higher hardware requirements today than it did 17 years ago.

Not really. I understand that everything gets "bigger" and takes "more". But it does make the achievements of older software more impressive in my view.

You do know that there is NO way you can uninstall IE right? If you're using Windows, you do have IE installed, and it cannot be removed without hosing your internet connection. IE ≈ malware.

Frankenchrist said,
You do know that there is NO way you can uninstall IE right? If you're using Windows, you do have IE installed, and it cannot be removed without hosing your internet connection. IE ≈ malware.

Sure you can uninstall IE. You just can't uninstall the engine behind it which is quite logical since it's a part of Windows.

Strikes me as being a bit odd that they have put the page up so far ahead of the release of the actual preview

Chrome is all the rage at the office. There is this little bitch in the office who feels she should be in total control of the computer and install what she wants on it. When that 'f**ker' crashes, she better not come looking for me.

Mr. Dee said,
Chrome is all the rage at the office. There is this little bitch in the office who feels she should be in total control of the computer and install what she wants on it. When that 'f**ker' crashes, she better not come looking for me.

At my work we use Chrome too, thanks to a former webdeveloper who loved his Chrome and made webapps browser specific. (even though all the functionality used except rounded corners would be easily doable on IE6-7 even)
But people know Chrome as the webapp's name Digi. No clue what a Chrome is, a rare few do since its the same browser other IT dudes forced apon them at home (IT friends/relatives).
And outside work its the same, anyone who aint an ITer and that has Chrome, has it thanks to other IT 'friends' or spyware comming with something else.
People don't give a rats ass on what browser they use. But I'm sure Google is really happy you fanboy idiots give Google a place on allot of people's computer to spy on.
(and if anyone doubts Google = spyware, just get off the internet please)

Laslow said,
Drive: CD-ROM drive (if installation is done from a CD-ROM)

No, really. You think?

Remember, they have to write directions for the computer illiterate. If they didn't spell it out like that, someone would call in and complain.

smooth3006 said,
people still use internet explorer?

i swear, if i see another comment like this again...

quit living in the past. even i hated ie back in the days, but it's come a long way since then.

smooth3006 said,
people still use internet explorer?

shocker bro: Some things that do not work in any other browser on my system ALWAYS work in IE. I can count on it like I can count on my wristwatch. But that's beside the point. I am happy that they're giving us 7 users a chance to have a more safe, secure, awesome browser to replace 9. I know I'll be forced to use it at some point, but it won't be like a life or death situation. I'm always up for a gamble, call it a "challenge" if you will. At the end of the day, though, I appreciate the diversity of everybody.

aviator189 said,

i swear, if i see another comment like this again...

quit living in the past. even i hated ie back in the days, but it's come a long way since then.

yes im serious, IE is the worse browser out there. i haven't used it since 2004. no need to when we have chrome & firefox.

smooth3006 said,
yes im serious, IE is the worse browser out there. i haven't used it since 2004. no need to when we have chrome & firefox.
If you haven't used it since 2004 how can you comment on IE9? IE9 and Firefox have a permanent place on my machine where IE9 gets more use than FF.

If you didn't use it since 2004 (that before IE7!!!) how do you know?

smooth3006 said,

yes im serious, IE is the worse browser out there. i haven't used it since 2004. no need to when we have chrome & firefox.

smooth3006 said,

yes im serious, IE is the worse browser out there. i haven't used it since 2004. no need to when we have chrome & firefox.

I use it an awful lot for being the worst browser available. I can't stand the way Firefox or Chrome work, personally.

smooth3006 said,

IE is the worse browser out there. i haven't used it since 2004

Congratulations on making yourself look extremely stupid.

I've been using IE 10 for quite a bit. However MSFT has totally lost sight of the ball. they are too worried trying to beat google on speed. all browsers are fast enough. IE lacks features mainly cloud syncing, and a decent ad-on ecosystem. IE's UI is also horrendous with the same settings screen from 1995.

I don't know why MSFT doesn't just start from scratch with a good browser. leave IE for businesses that need a reliable platform, and create a fast iterating browser for consumers that is light and feature rich.

neonspark said,
MSFT has totally lost sight of the ball. they are too worried trying to beat google on speed. all browsers are fast enough. IE lacks features mainly cloud syncing, and a decent ad-on ecosystem. IE's UI is also horrendous with the same settings screen from 1995.

...what IE really lacks up until now is compliance with web standards/technologies - IE9 is the least compatible with HTML5 for example than the current offerings from Firefox, Chrome, Opera AND Safari.... thankfully IE10 rectifies this... but they're certainly dragging their heals and falling short of where other browsers are in terms of standards compliance!

GreatMarkO said,

...what IE really lacks up until now is compliance with web standards/technologies - IE9 is the least compatible with HTML5 for example than the current offerings from Firefox, Chrome, Opera AND Safari.... thankfully IE10 rectifies this... but they're certainly dragging their heals and falling short of where other browsers are in terms of standards compliance!

But IE is the only browser that support standards that ARE standard. The IE team doesn't implementate things that aren't finished yet.

Studio384 said,
But IE is the only browser that support standards that ARE standard. The IE team doesn't implementate things that aren't finished yet.

Which is sort of stupid since those things are used in a huge amount of websites (including Microsoft's own stuff).

Studio384 said,
But IE is the only browser that support standards that ARE standard. The IE team doesn't implementate things that aren't finished yet.

Not true! - HTML5 isn't yet a "standard" - it's still only a draft, yet IE9 has "partial" support for it (with IE10 having better support) - so the IE team DOES implement things that aren't finished yet.... they just don't do it any where near as quickly/efficiently as the other 4 major players in the browser market!! ...and that's the problem!!

GreatMarkO said,

...what IE really lacks up until now is compliance with web standards/technologies - IE9 is the least compatible with HTML5 for example than the current offerings from Firefox, Chrome, Opera AND Safari.... thankfully IE10 rectifies this... but they're certainly dragging their heals and falling short of where other browsers are in terms of standards compliance!


Funny, Cause IE9 is the only browser that supported already finalized HTML5 standards. Eventhough HTML5 isnt a standard yet.
IE10 does the same.
MS made a mistake with IE6, they supported many standards that where not yet finalized yet. Trying to move the web forward. When IE6 was the most standards compliance and W3 following browser of its time at release.
Then Mozilla, Opera and Sun started pushing w3 to change allot of these standards in the end. So IE6 stopped supporting many functionalities,
MS aint falling for that again and now they wait untill its finalized before adding it to trident.
But keep following the hatred vs IE mate.

Seriously, I can't bother right now, I have a decent install of Windows 7 Professional at home and I have made a vow to myself not to install any betas on it. Of course I could always setup a VM and load it there, but that means I would hardly use it. I will wait until it hits RTM, besides, I am using IE 10 RTM on my laptop and work PC running Windows 8 Pro RTM. I have become so jaded, lol!

I wonder when Windows 7 SP2 is coming? The post SP1 updates are killer on a fresh install.

Mr. Dee said,
Seriously, I can't bother right now, I have a decent install of Windows 7 Professional at home and I have made a vow to myself not to install any betas on it. Of course I could always setup a VM and load it there, but that means I would hardly use it. I will wait until it hits RTM, besides, I am using IE 10 RTM on my laptop and work PC running Windows 8 Pro RTM. I have become so jaded, lol!

I wonder when Windows 7 SP2 is coming? The post SP1 updates are killer on a fresh install.

Much better then a XP SP3 VLK MS ISO fresh install.

Mr. Dee said,
Seriously, I can't bother right now, I have a decent install of Windows 7 Professional at home and I have made a vow to myself not to install any betas on it.

Release Previews/Candidates are usually held to a better standard than betas though. Though what the hell happened with .NET 4.5 RC I couldn't say.

Deranged said,

It's less than the requirements for the OS in the first place, so heh.

Yeah that's what I was thinking. I thought Microsoft required 1 gig just to install the OS.

Tyler R. said,
Yeah that's what I was thinking. I thought Microsoft required 1 gig just to install the OS.

Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 will all install without complaint on 512mb of RAM. 1GB is recommended, but 512mb if the bare minimum for installation.

StarLion said,

Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 will all install without complaint on 512mb of RAM. 1GB is recommended, but 512mb if the bare minimum for installation.


This may be true, but last I checked both of them list system requirements as 1GB.

Deranged said,

This may be true, but last I checked both of them list system requirements as 1GB.

Microsoft only seems to list recommended requirements, not the bare minimum. For example, they say Windows 7 requires a DX9 capable graphics card with a WDDM 1.0 driver, when in actuality it has built-in measures to handle much older graphics cards with XPDM drivers.

StarLion said,

Microsoft only seems to list recommended requirements, not the bare minimum. For example, they say Windows 7 requires a DX9 capable graphics card with a WDDM 1.0 driver, when in actuality it has built-in measures to handle much older graphics cards with XPDM drivers.

I was messing around and got win 8 running on 512MB. I did the same with Win 7 and Vista as well, and 8 runs considerably better than both (as it uses less RAM than both). 8 actually runs as good at XP does on 512MB. Thats very impressive considering XP is over a decade old and made for very crappy PC's from 2001. I've also seen Win 8 running on 256MB and 128MB (but it runs like crap with this, obviously). 8 is the fastest and most refined OS that MS have ever made, i'm sure it will work great on tablets.

NoClipMode said,
8 is the fastest and most refined OS that MS have ever made, i'm sure it will work great on tablets.

Guess so since it's essentially [re-]designed for them.

King Mustard said,
A Release Preview (i.e. beta) and not the final version?

I'll wait.

It's odd that's it's an RP when it's coming with a (soon to be) released OS.

farmeunit said,

It's odd that's it's an RP when it's coming with a (soon to be) released OS.

The IE10 version for Windows 8 is finished, it's the Windows 7 version of IE10 that's not.