IE11 now available for Windows 7

If you are using Windows 7 and have been jealous of your Windows 8 counterparts who are using IE11, be jealous no more. Microsoft has announced the availability of IE11 for Windows 7 and you can download it right now.

The browser is available in 95 languages and Microsoft will begin updating users on Windows 7 in the weeks ahead. If you are using the developer preview of IE11, Microsoft will start updating your browser as soon as today. For the system admins out there, Microsoft has put out a tool that will allow you to block IE11 rollout on your network.

Microsoft loves to tout that IE11 is the fastest browser on the market for ‘real world websites’, that correlates in to the speed when browsing your favorite websites.. While benchmarks are good, they are not always a true test of performance when actively searching the web. While the ‘real world websites’ test is a bit more nebulous, Microsoft will happily tell you that its browser is 30% faster than the competition when it comes to the ‘real world website’ benchmark.

If you do want to see the performance gains with IE11, head on over to IE Test Drive where you can run through a serious of tests that highlight the speed differences between the browsers and one that is customized for our Neowin readers.

IE11 shipped with Windows 8.1 that was released a few weeks back and with Windows 7 now on-board, the usage share for the browser should climb quickly. Many will likely be watching closely to see how quickly the general public adopts the updated browser as competition has steadily increased in the browser space over the past few years.

For the developers in our audience, here is a list of the unsupported features for IE11 on Windows 7 that IE11 contains on Windows 8.

This update is also another reminder as to why you should be dumping Windows XP, if that is your main OS. To obtain Microsoft’s latest software, you need to be using a modern operating system such as Windows 7 or 8, as this browser will not be available for older operating systems.

Download: IE11

Cheers Zlip792 for the Unsupported link tip!

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I can confirm that problems are caused by the user agent.
By pressing F12 you can change the user agent to IE10 compatible, the problematic sites then work OK.

IE11 kept crashing on my win 7x64 SP1 machine. I uninstalled it, but cannot get IE10 work anymore?
Anyone faced similar issue ? Or is somone able to point me in the correct direction - attempts to install IE10 fails with the message that IE10 already exist in my system.

iwillneverstop said,
i will wait a little longer to see if there is any bug report.

Unless there's something Win 7 specific, it works pretty good. Been using it on 8.1 since it hit MSDN months ago...

Obry said,

Unless there's something Win 7 specific, it works pretty good. Been using it on 8.1 since it hit MSDN months ago...

I usually do the same for other software Just wanna be on safe side.

Uses Internet Explorer on All my PC's here, will upgrade the Windows 7 one as soon as possible here. Currently using 8.1 on this system with IE 11, works great, should work great on 7 as well

The 11 release preview was extremely buggy on my 7 system, had to go back to 10 (not that I use IE much anyway). So seeing as so many features are not supported on 7 (probably on purpose), I have no purpose for 11 until its forced by ms.

Probably because the implementation would require changes to the HTTP and TCP stack? Changing these things globally on the OS and thus affecting all outbound HTTP and TCP connections from the OS and everything that runs on it, including possibly introducing other bugs, for one feature (that's still in draft stage) for one app on an OS 2 versions behind doesn't seem to me like a good use of resources, either in dev or testing. Just my opinion, at least on the not a good idea part.

Well, at least they didn't drag it out for 4 months like they did with IE10.

Less than a month from IE11 Win 8 to Win 7.

On my Win8 laptop, "Reopen last session" and "Start with tabs from the last session" options still don't work on IE11. Nor do they work in IE10 on my Win7 desktops.
This problem has long been known (by many other users) on previous versions of IE too.
MS seems not to care about this functionality. And still not fixed. So I'm staying with Firefox.

gb8080 said,
On my Win8 laptop, "Reopen last session" and "Start with tabs from the last session" options still don't work on IE11. Nor do they work in IE10 on my Win7 desktops.
This problem has long been known (by many other users) on previous versions of IE too.
MS seems not to care about this functionality. And still not fixed. So I'm staying with Firefox.

I've used the "reopen last session" option a few times on both IE10 and IE11 and it works though I also seem to get some extra browser windows, maybe because I have 3 individual windows open and different tabs in each, so it could be because of that. But it does work.

Perhaps I should have been clearer - it sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. Some users have no problems. Others do (it never works for me), and there are many complaints about it on the web. It's a familiar longstanding problem. But MS still have no answers, no fix.

I have nothing to be jealous about. I have had a lot of problems with IE11 from my bank's website, to this website Neowin, to Gmail loading painfully slow. I don't notice any big difference between IE10 and IE11, they seem about the same to me also. A word to the wise, avoid downloading IE11 for awhile until the kinks are worked out!

Edited by Atomic Wanderer Chicken, Nov 7 2013, 4:07pm :

Exactly!!

I had the preview version installed and it worked almost perfectly, out of the box, but then got a Windows update and it did noting but crash!

Has that been fixed in IE11?

Personally,
I see absolutely no speed difference between IE9 and 11. Never used IE10 past the point of installing and uninstalling!

Yep, download link is useless - if you're currently running the Release Preview, the site offers you no downloads and instead tells you "You've got our latest browser"

GreatMarkO said,
Yep, download link is useless - if you're currently running the Release Preview, the site offers you no downloads and instead tells you "You've got our latest browser"

Unless you use Chrome ;-)

Thanks. Definitely good to know and I didn't know about these. Nothing huge for non touch screen users (who should be running Windows 8+ anyways).

just did a windows update, to check if my windows 7 preview copy had an update, does it update outside of windows updates if you had the preview version?

CAP-Team said,
In comparision with IE10 on Win8 IE11 doesn't run well on Win8.1.
Especially flash is buggy.
MS should fix that.

I think you mean Adobe should fix that? All MS can do is take the flash player code, check it for any bugs, and then update it for IE. They can't fix it, it's not their product.

Other than flash, what sort of problems do you have on 8.1? I haven't experienced any, and it runs very good for me.

I have had a lot of problems with IE11 and wish I can go back to IE10. I would strongly recommend those who are using IE10 to keep using it for awhile until the problems with IE11 are worked out. I did not notice any huge difference between IE10 and IE11 and don't see any thing to gain using it especially with the problems.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I have had a lot of problems with IE11 and wish I can go back to IE10. I would strongly recommend those who are using IE10 to keep using it for awhile until the problems with IE11 are worked out. I did not notice any huge difference between IE10 and IE11 and don't see any thing to gain using it especially with the problems.

The only problem I'm aware of is that Neowins editor in the forums doesn't support IE11 and needs to be updated. That's not really a IE problem though.

I have been having a lot of issues with other websites, not just Neowin. All the websites I use work fine in IE10, and I don't see a noticeable performance difference between IE10 & IE11 also. So I don't see any true reason to download IE11 for a while.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I have been having a lot of issues with other websites, not just Neowin. All the websites I use work fine in IE10, and I don't see a noticeable performance difference between IE10 & IE11 also. So I don't see any true reason to download IE11 for a while.

you should read this to understand why there are so many compatibility issues with ie11:
http://www.julien-manici.com/b...ges-in-IE11-on-Windows-8-1/

basically, the IE11 rendering engine is highly compatible with IE10. However the user agent has been changed, and this is what is causing so many compatibility issues.

When you have issues with a web site, you should try to add it to the IE compatibility view list, that should allow you to view them in IE7 mode.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I would strongly recommend those who are using IE10 to keep using it for awhile until the problems with IE11 are worked out.

I would strongly recommend for everyone to make their own decisions and not go off someone's inconclusive personal experience. As a web developer, I am very excited about this news. The farther away we move from IE8 (and 9 in some aspects such as CORS support) the better off we all are. I say upgrade away, just do a backup first (that you can delete later) as always.