Internet Explorer 9 RTM now available

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Internet Explorer 9 has been under development for the past year, going through a number of platform previews, two betas. After a year-long wait, Microsoft finally hit the latest Release Candidate milestone with Internet Explorer 9.

The latest HTML5-compliant browser from Microsoft brings a number of speed improvements over previous versions of IE, including a refreshed UI. Internet Explorer 9 comes with a number of improvements and new features, including pinned websites that integrate with the Windows 7 taskbar, jumplist support, a new tab layout page, a redesigned notification system to alert users of downloads and add-ons, a SmartScreen filter, tracking protection and a ton more features.

The new JavaScript engine, Chakra, brings Internet Explorer 9 to the top of the class of the top browsers in terms of speed. Compared to other browsers, Internet Explorer 9 outperforms in JavaScript benchmark results. IE9 also includes hardware acceleration to help improve overall speed.

In the early betas, Microsoft demonstrated some of the new components of IE9, including a tab tear-off Windows Aero-style snap feature. The ability to compare two websites side-by-side makes it easy to compare products on the web with IE9.

Download links for Internet Explorer 9 leaked a few hours early, as spotted by Winrumors.com:

Windows  7 (x86 version)

Windows 7 (x64 version)

Windows Vista (x86 version)

Windows Vista (x64 version)

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Not bad actually. They have made this impressive by increasing start-up speed and internet surfing speeds... Still, I would prefer chrome because it failed to load some pages and websites.

Can't edit my post above already, but I went ahead and installed IE 9.

Man! This thing is fast, for IE.
Pretty simplistic looking too. I like simplistic!

As the laughing man said above, took about 30-50 seconds to install. Only thing I've noticed it changing from the way I had IE 8 setup was the cache size. Why does MS insist on trying to make that so huge?!!

What's odd so far is that I can't directly from the official IE page or the beautyoftheweb crap site, but link above in the article kicked the download up instantly. 17.1Mb's.

Still debating on installing it though.

astrokat said,
Does the Windows 7 x64 version install both 32 and 64bit browsers?

Yes.
Also I replied just to say, oddly enough, that the EasyPrivacy TPL is blocking your avatar picture for some reason. Anyone else seeing this?

Your right! Thanks for the heads up. I will look into it.

osm0sis said,

Yes.
Also I replied just to say, oddly enough, that the EasyPrivacy TPL is blocking your avatar picture for some reason. Anyone else seeing this?

A lot faster than IE8 of course, but crashes a lot more for some reason, especially on flash videos. I have tried different versions of adobe flash, but most videos on youtube or local news websites still crash. I was on facebook earlier and went to google.com and it crashed. Went back to IE8 unfortunately and no crashes at all. I have no idea what the problem is. If the plugins work fine in IE8, they should work for IE9. Anyone have suggestions?

Potentially stupid question - do jumplists of websites work? They haven't on my system....wondering if it's something I've done wrong or forgotten to set?

I can't even install it, says can't recognize my version of windows 7, such bull**** I have the same prob with installing sp1 as well and I have a legit version.

sonicthehedgehog said,
I reported a bug back in Nov, English Rolex website doesn't render properly. MS reckoned it's fixed...LMAO - try it yourself

http://www.rolex.com/en

Try to decrease the size of the window it appears in, then it works...

Yay, GTAIV works again with this version (SecuROM for GTAIV and Episodes from Liberty City had issues with the beta and RC builds of IE9 and the games wouldn't launch).

My issue with IE9 is that addons go on their own bar. The only addon I use is lastpass and I don't know why one little add on icon needs to create an entire bar. On any other browser it just puts an icon at the end of the address bar.
I'm looking for someway to tweak that but so far nothing.

archer75 said,
My issue with IE9 is that addons go on their own bar. The only addon I use is lastpass and I don't know why one little add on icon needs to create an entire bar. On any other browser it just puts an icon at the end of the address bar.
I'm looking for someway to tweak that but so far nothing.


i got the same prob, just go to lastpass preference and in te general tab, tehre's a n option to change to compact mode. hope it helps

fardeen said,


i got the same prob, just go to lastpass preference and in te general tab, tehre's a n option to change to compact mode. hope it helps

Yep, that fixed it. Now I also put tabs below the address bar so it's looking quite good now.

It's definitely faster than IE8 but I am getting Error 0x80070057 when I open the Internet Explorer Performance Troubleshooter. Is this a bug or what?

Anyone having problems watching youtube videos? I upgraded to IE9 and now the movies won't load, but any other flash based site works just fine. I've uninstalled and reinstalled flash player.

macrosslover said,
Anyone having problems watching youtube videos? I upgraded to IE9 and now the movies won't load, but any other flash based site works just fine. I've uninstalled and reinstalled flash player.

No load problems here...YouTube works great for me.

macrosslover said,
Anyone having problems watching youtube videos? I upgraded to IE9 and now the movies won't load, but any other flash based site works just fine. I've uninstalled and reinstalled flash player.

I just tried it, Youtube is working fine here.

i downloaded the rtm x86 version for windows 7 which is a 17.1mb download, and when i try to install, it says downloading internet explorer .WTF. i am running windows 7 32 bit RTM.

is there a real offline installer for this thing?

also after installing the fonts are still blurry for me, i hate it enough that i turned IE 9 down and will continue to use chrome 11. but IE9 is a huge huge leap compared to IE8 but for me chrome is the best and fastest

robertwnielsen said,
Why is it that pinned websites open IE with no toolbars? Is this something I'm doing wrong, or a normal function?

That's by design, pinned sites act like standalone apps.

Avi said,
I need a good Ad Block Plus alternative for IE9. Can't surf the web without it.

Just use something like -- http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
It It will block the advert sites on the hosts file level, across all browsers. Also it blocks a lot of shady sites.. The down site is now and then I turn off a few for sites like Airmiles, as it uses sites on the list to track you when you purchase online and want your points lol.

Avi said,
Alright! I found:
http://www.fanboy.co.nz/adblock/ie.html
Works so far! Isn't as good as Adblock Plus, as it doesn't remove the elements from the page... There's also no easy right click blocking.

Check my post farther up, someone figured out how to do basic element hiding using fanboy's opera list using IE's CSS modifier under Accessbility.

Not sure what to think about IE9, it can be as nice and usable, and fast as it wants, the stigma is still there.. no ad block support, and it could catch everything. Also GIFS are slow as well.

Installed IE 9 half an hour ago.

Almsot everything is fine, except some websites with old JavaScript codes which makes part of the tools cannot function well.

Overall performance of IE 9 on my computer is very good. I feel Hotmail/ Google Reader load faster than IE 8.

I've been using it all morning, it's really nice overall. The only thing I really hate is the jumble of tiny icons piled into the address bar. That was a horrible design decision, it looks like a cluttered mess. The refresh button in particular should be large and easy to access. Moving them to the front helps a little.

Avi said,
What's the bug? Looks ok to me... (blocks flash from loading on that site, when ActiveX Filtering is on)

Blocks and YouTube too...on RC version Filtering works ok. :\

Dexmk said,
Blocks and YouTube too...on RC version Filtering works ok. :\
I still don't understand what you're saying...
Does it block something it's not supposed to block?
Does it NOT block something that it should?
As far as I see, everything is working fine w/ it.

hotdog963al said,
Can you still use IE7 & IE8 compatibility? I need the IE7 mode for testing purposes

F12> Browser mode IE9, IE9 Compatibility mode, IE8 and IE7

hotdog963al said,
Can you still use IE7 & IE8 compatibility? I need the IE7 mode for testing purposes

F12> Browser mode IE9, IE9 Compatibility mode, IE8 and IE7

Anyone know how to automatically reopen the last browsing session? IE9, doesn't appear to do so on startup. I can always click on Tools->Reopen last browsing session, but it gets tiering after a while.

Caleb said,
Is anyone else seeing blurry images?

Check the zoom level. It might be at 110%. Press Ctrl+0 to restore the zoom to 100%.

FFS MS why don't you let me choose whether to set the 64 bit version as the default or not!
Doesn't seem much different to the RC a little faster maybe.
Still needs its menus sorting out. Looks like the forgot about them when updating the UI.

Educated Idiot said,
Is it pointless to use more than one TPL at a time?

Not if they do something different.. like one for Adblocking and one for Privacy.

Naturally the more you add the possibility for damaged or malfunctioning sites goes up.

I have an Intel Atom 330 with Internet Explorer 7 + Vista x32.

Would be Internet Explorer 9 more faster than Internet Explorer 7 in my machine?

JuanManuel said,
I have an Intel Atom 330 with Internet Explorer 7 + Vista x32.

Would be Internet Explorer 9 more faster than Internet Explorer 7 in my machine?

Try it

JuanManuel said,
I have an Intel Atom 330 with Internet Explorer 7 + Vista x32.

Would be Internet Explorer 9 more faster than Internet Explorer 7 in my machine?

I think it would be much faster.

JuanManuel said,
I have an Intel Atom 330 with Internet Explorer 7 + Vista x32.

Would be Internet Explorer 9 more faster than Internet Explorer 7 in my machine?

I try it, seems faster, but I can't turn off ClearType !!!

I go back to IE7, when microsoft fix it, i would try it again.

JuanManuel said,
I try it, seems faster, but I can't turn off ClearType !!!

I go back to IE7, when microsoft fix it, i would try it again.

IE7? Seriously? What about IE8? It was like IE7 but better..

Also have you tried properly adjusting ClearType? I did so on my old CRT and it looks good even though ClearType is primarily for LEDs. If all else fails, turn off ClearType OS-wide and I'm sure IE9 will follow suit..

I'm gonna need a lot of convincing to use FF4 instead because this is fast and not a resource g

mattburles said,
I'm gonna need a lot of convincing to use FF4 instead because this is fast and not a resource g
hog

briangw said,

Hey...look! It's an attention troll!!!!!

Hey look its a clueless twit! who rather than make a comment just wants to be cool lol

I was putting my point of view over on browsers saying I still much prefer Chrome over Firefox and IE9....and yes I have all 3 installed and use them for different tasks from time to time.

Chrome wins because its Fast, I can login with my Gmail and it sync's all my bookmarks no matter what pc I'm on and its just got a much cleaner layout IMO

I'd rather be a clueless twit than a thread hijacker not realizing that this is a IE9 release thread and not a performance one

And btw, how is SharePoint working out for you in Chrome or Firefox? Oh yeah, it doesn't. Congrats on Chrome and Firefox being greater than everything in your book. Thankfully, there are still a lot of people that seem to not feel the same way or would spew their two cents in an IE9 release thread.

nathxniel said,
Here's one of the test I did: http://www.themaninblue.com/ex...t/AnimationBenchmark/flash/
Try it with different browsers. FF, chrome, etc.. You guys be the judge.

based on that test for me...

1.IE9 (RTM x86 version)

2.FF4 (RC) (this 'may' have been a hair higher than Chrome but overall it was negligible)
-.Chrome (newest stable)

Firefox 4 RC/Chrome (newest stable version) = 51-52fps range. give or take.
IE9 (RTM) = 75fps-ish

but then again i don't think anyone questions IE9 when it comes to hardware acceleration as it's known to win that quite clearly.

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AMD Athlon 3600+ Dual Core (2.0ghz overclocked to 2.4ghz)
ATI Radeon HD 5670 512MB
Windows 7 Home Pre x64 SP1

Edited by ThaCrip, Mar 15 2011, 8:11am :

Yup, seems really fast. I'm still missing paste and go/search and inspect element. An extra click/press gets a bit annoying in the end. Seems really fast though .

holy moly! IE9 is super damn fast!! best IE from MS!! get it now and remove chrome or mozilla crapware. I love it you won`t be disappointed! IE9 just broke the barrier speed on all browser out there!!!

Guys IE9 is damn fast. I am testing my web application i am working for the past 4 months which uses JQuery, Javascript and it is .NET 4.0 web app. It is freaking fast, incredible how fast it load jquery image gallery being fed by SQL calls and streaming via handler.

It is FAST!!!!!

border-radius: 12px

would be syntax for example to make border to have radious. Happy programming. Any code you have for webkit apply to IE9 minus -webkit- word, it should work. Mozilla is less compatible there for now.

techguy77 said,
border-radius: 12px

would be syntax for example to make border to have radious. Happy programming. Any code you have for webkit apply to IE9 minus -webkit- word, it should work. Mozilla is less compatible there for now.

I thought for Mozilla you just had to replace "-webkit-" with "-moz-"

Holy misinformation, Batman.

The -webkit, -moz, -ms, etc. identifiers are used for unfinished and experimental features. Border radius is more recently locked down, so now the browsers are removing their prefixes (such as will happen in Firefox 4, and IE hasn't implemented it until now so it never needed one). It's certainly not true to say "Any code you have for webkit apply to IE9 minus -webkit- word, it should work. Mozilla is less compatible there for now."

Remember kids, before you gripe that a feature is missing, double check to make sure you aren't just overlooking it. So far, 9/10 complaints about IE9 are just a matter of novice unfamiliarity. Remember, your mouse can right click, and your keyboard has Ctrl/Alt keys. Don't be afraid to use these tools to explore new software.

It's a lot like using a smartphone today and remembering to try long press before hurling it out a window.

True, The RC was not this fast, I was already using IE8, Damn IE9 is fast, For those of you wondering, you can still use F12 for Developer Tools

How to make border-radious with IE9. Any coder here.

For Web Kit is for example

-webkit-border-bottom-right-radius: 8px;

I want to test few things

With Shows Tabs on Separate Row and Status Bar on looks much better. That should be default option. and also there is more space for tabs.

When you click on favorites it doesn't even stretch vertically but hangs there, really stupid. In order to move it to left and extend it, you need to additional click, seriously? Home, Favorite and Option icons look cool though. That is good. Tabs are ****ed up, step back from IE8. We need status bas back because it is useful and really doesn't take that much of space. If Chrome and FF removed it, doesn't mean it is right way.

techguy77 said,
When you click on favorites it doesn't even stretch vertically but hangs there, really stupid. In order to move it to left and extend it, you need to additional click, seriously? Home, Favorite and Option icons look cool though. That is good. Tabs are ****ed up, step back from IE8. We need status bas back because it is useful and really doesn't take that much of space. If Chrome and FF removed it, doesn't mean it is right way.

Status bar is still available. Press Alt to enable the menu bar temporarily, and go the usual route to enable it.

Joshie said,

Status bar is still available. Press Alt to enable the menu bar temporarily, and go the usual route to enable it.

the status bar its there but less info than ie8 like protected mode on or off, as i said before the UI its a mess they didnt fix anything from RC build, the only good thing its that its faster

Installed, and yes it's fast. However, it doesn't like the YoxView (image viewer) script on my website. Every other browser works, even older versions of IE, but not this one. Oh well, look like I'll need to continue to compensate for IE with my web designs for now.

You really should run one or two benchmarks before claiming Javascipt performance in IE9 is "top of the class" which clearly is a LIE. It's nowehere near the other current browsers performance. Fact.

Frankenchrist said,
You really should run one or two benchmarks before claiming Javascipt performance in IE9 is "top of the class" which clearly is a LIE. It's nowehere near the other current browsers performance. Fact.

Citation needed, etc etc. Finishing an assertion with "Fact." does not make it so. Get a job on cable news.

Frankenchrist said,
You really should run one or two benchmarks before claiming Javascipt performance in IE9 is "top of the class" which clearly is a LIE. It's nowehere near the other current browsers performance. Fact.

Using the 64bit version?

Frankenchrist said,
You really should run one or two benchmarks before claiming Javascipt performance in IE9 is "top of the class" which clearly is a LIE. It's nowehere near the other current browsers performance. Fact.

slower than opera and chrome

but faster than firefox and safari

http://i.imgur.com/x7VXI.png

eilegz said,

slower than opera and chrome

but faster than firefox and safari

http://i.imgur.com/x7VXI.png


Sunspider sucks (outdated benchmark), Peacemark sucks (timing bugs), and the V8 test gives some exaggerated points for parts Chrome does especially well on.

I recommend testing with Kraken. It's a test developed by Mozilla, but it seems like they finally thought things through there for a modern usable benchmark: http://krakenbenchmark.mozilla.org/

It also tests only JS which this thread is about, and not a heap of other things.

Northgrove said,

Sunspider sucks (outdated benchmark), Peacemark sucks (timing bugs), and the V8 test gives some exaggerated points for parts Chrome does especially well on.

I recommend testing with Kraken. It's a test developed by Mozilla, but it seems like they finally thought things through there for a modern usable benchmark: http://krakenbenchmark.mozilla.org/

It also tests only JS which this thread is about, and not a heap of other things.

somehow the kraken test favor minefield and firefox 4, the second its chrome then opera, ie9 and the last firefox 3.6

Thought I'd mention these here for anyone wanting to try Tracking Protection Lists out (which can also be used for simple adblocking):

Official TPLs are currently located here:
http://ie.microsoft.com/testdr...er/TrackingProtectionLists/

Here's a site with all the unofficially supported EastList-produced Adblock TPLs:
http://dayngo.com/static/filter.html

Fanboy Adblock appears to be the first to now officially support Adblocking via TPLs:
http://www.fanboy.co.nz/adblock/ie.html

And someone's also come up with a way to do elementhiding (for use with TPLs):
http://forums.overclockers.co....p=18511915&postcount=71

TEST COMPARISON FROM TO DETAILS=============================================================================** TOTAL **: *4.08x as slow* 282.2ms +/- 4.4% 1152.7ms +/- 16.3% significant

IE9 Sun Spider test is 4 times slow.....SUCKS man

Vinay Kumar said,
TEST COMPARISON FROM TO DETAILS=============================================================================** TOTAL **: *4.08x as slow* 282.2ms +/- 4.4% 1152.7ms +/- 16.3% significant

IE9 Sun Spider test is 4 times slow.....SUCKS man

64bit version doesn't have the new JavaScript engine.

Also, don't test with Sunspider. This is a very old and outdated test, even acknowledged by Mozilla who designed it. It was designed in different times. Today, the JS bottlenecks aren't where Sunspider sees them, and it certainly doesn't test well for tough real-world JS site issues. Try using Kraken instead, or even Peacemark, even if the latter has known issues too (it relies too much on timer behaviors in browsers, which are unrelated to their performances).

Northgrove said,
Also, don't test with Sunspider. This is a very old and outdated test, even acknowledged by Mozilla who designed it. It was designed in different times. Today, the JS bottlenecks aren't where Sunspider sees them, and it certainly doesn't test well for tough real-world JS site issues. Try using Kraken instead, or even Peacemark, even if the latter has known issues too (it relies too much on timer behaviors in browsers, which are unrelated to their performances).

You might want to check that again sunspider was done by the people behind webkit.

Vinay Kumar said,
*4.08x as slow* 282.2ms +/- 4.4% 1152.7ms +/- 16.3% significant

IE9 Sun Spider test is 4 times slow.....SUCKS man

I just ran both the tests in Chrome 10 and IE 9 (both release versions):

** TOTAL **: 1.29x as fast 354.6ms +/- 1.9% 275.6ms +/- 1.8% significant

So apparantly IE 9 was 1.29x as fast.

looking good, pretty fast, maybe even faster than chrome? can't really notice but with the added real eastate, i'll be using ie9 and see if i like it and might make the push back to it from chrome.

neoxphuse said,
looking good, pretty fast, maybe even faster than chrome? can't really notice but with the added real eastate, i'll be using ie9 and see if i like it and might make the push back to it from chrome.

Unless MS made some amazing improvement over IE 9 RC, it should be much slower than Chrome 10 in most tests. Microsoft profiled this browser for the outdated Sunspider benchmark though, so it should do well there however.

I downloaded IE9 tried it for a while and went back to Firefox 4 RC1. Lack of useful extensions and IE's address bar taking up precious tab space (yes I know u can resize address bar a bit) are the reasons I wont be using IE9.

snowbound said,
I downloaded IE9 tried it for a while and went back to Firefox 4 RC1. Lack of useful extensions and IE's address bar taking up precious tab space (yes I know u can resize address bar a bit) are the reasons I wont be using IE9.

Um, not only can you resize the address bar... you can right click the toolbar and put the tabs on a separate line. This was established back with the RC. Keep up. ;p

snowbound said,
I downloaded IE9 tried it for a while and went back to Firefox 4 RC1. Lack of useful extensions and IE's address bar taking up precious tab space (yes I know u can resize address bar a bit) are the reasons I wont be using IE9.

Yeah, one of the extensions i really wanted to work which don't seem to be configurable is 'MouseGestures' (as i really like being able to hold down right mouse and then scroll with wheel to switch between open tabs etc), which don't seem to work basically all that well right now. maybe it needs to be updated for IE9 RTM?

but lacking that IE9 did leave a good initial impression on me as i like the feel of it. but as of now ill stick with my tried and true Firefox 4 RC

p.s. ill just check back in in IE9 in a week or two and see if there is more extensions that actually are configurable for it. because i can't see to find out how to configure them.

ThaCrip said,
Yeah, one of the extensions i really wanted to work which don't seem to be configurable is 'MouseGestures' (as i really like being able to hold down right mouse and then scroll with wheel to switch between open tabs etc), which don't seem to work basically all that well right now. maybe it needs to be updated for IE9 RTM?

Is this the one you're using? http://ysgyfarnog.co.uk/utilities/mousegestures/
Been using it for years and all you need to do is find it under the Tools menu to configure it.
Alt+T

osm0sis said,

Is this the one you're using? http://ysgyfarnog.co.uk/utilities/mousegestures/
Been using it for years and all you need to do is find it under the Tools menu to configure it.
Alt+T

Yes, that one. there is no way to configure it without using keyboard shortcuts?

EDIT: i found out where it's located now. but they sure don't make it easy to find as i was going to the 'manage add-ons' part of the browser to find out how to configure it and it's not there.

but it don't be able to seem to do what i want which is... configure it so i can hold down right click and use mouse wheel to scroll threw the tabs (up or down) on mouse wheel.

Edited by ThaCrip, Mar 16 2011, 9:40pm :

ThaCrip said,

Yes, that one. there is no way to configure it without using keyboard shortcuts?

EDIT: i found out where it's located now. but they sure don't make it easy to find as i was going to the 'manage add-ons' part of the browser to find out how to configure it and it's not there.

but it don't be able to seem to do what i want which is... configure it so i can hold down right click and use mouse wheel to scroll threw the tabs (up or down) on mouse wheel.

It just hasn't been updated for the IE9 menu architechture yet, so it's under the Menu bar Tools menu, but not the cog. No need to configure to do that though, it does it out-of-the-box for me. Right click+mousewheel.

Imagine how good is IE9 comparing to previous version of internet explorer. If Microsoft give similae effort towrads IE10, then there is no doubt that Micorsoft will be comparetively good to chrome. I am not even comparing IE9 with Firefox nor Opera. I think that IE9 is already better than these browsers.

downhillrider said,
and ffs an updated options look and feel. please.

Frankly I've given up on setting expectations for options dialogs. Firefox and IE haven't really felt any different in ages, Chrome sets an impressive example of how sucky a dialog can be, and Opera takes unintuitive to a whole new level. At least IE has familiarity on its side. You can't say you don't know where the settings are.

wv@gt said,
Loving it so far, only gripe is the outdated and cluttered options windows

Boot time it's really good, looks very munch better than last versions, looks sharp, clean and faster.

But still the annoying questions about add-ons are still there.

Pretty good work Microsoft. Now IE9 it's at the same level as Windows 7.

Hmmm, it is locked on Software Rendering (even though hardware acceleration worked fine in previous builds), and the Help page for the Advanced Options dialog says Topic not Found.
Wonderful.

virtorio said,
Hmmm, it is locked on Software Rendering (even though hardware acceleration worked fine in previous builds), and the Help page for the Advanced Options dialog says Topic not Found.
Wonderful.

go into registry, hkey current users . software. microsoft. internet explorer. gpu. software fallback set from 1 to 0. this is for 32bit...also make sure your devID and VenID match your gfx card info from device manager hardwareid tab

virtorio said,
Hmmm, it is locked on Software Rendering (even though hardware acceleration worked fine in previous builds), and the Help page for the Advanced Options dialog says Topic not Found.
Wonderful.

To get help you need to go to the options button within the help dialog then click settings and make sure at least the first option is ticked.

Co_Co said,

go into registry, hkey current users . software. microsoft. internet explorer. gpu. software fallback set from 1 to 0. this is for 32bit...also make sure your devID and VenID match your gfx card info from device manager hardwareid tab

So you're suggesting to disable the fallback feature if IE 9 isn't happy with the graphics card?

OK. But do that on your own risk and don't complain of weird occasional issues.

Northgrove said,

So you're suggesting to disable the fallback feature if IE 9 isn't happy with the graphics card?

OK. But do that on your own risk and don't complain of weird occasional issues.


if the checkbox is greyed out this will allow you to toggle the option from internet settings diaglouge thus allowing you to test HW acceleration quickly and see if its not working for a specific reason even though it used to

i might not be using FF4 as my default browser anymore.. this version is amazing! loveing it!

Installing now. I am slightly confused though as to why I downloaded the 35MB installer and it's telling me it's downloading Internet Explorer 9.

timmmay said,
Installing now. I am slightly confused though as to why I downloaded the 35MB installer and it's telling me it's downloading Internet Explorer 9.

Same here. WTF Microsoft?

timmmay said,
Installing now. I am slightly confused though as to why I downloaded the 35MB installer and it's telling me it's downloading Internet Explorer 9.

You never used web installers?

brent3000 said,

You never used web installers?

Not web installers executable that are the same size as the browser it's downloading.

warwagon said,

Not web installers executable that are the same size as the browser it's downloading.

Im pretty sure most of the MS installers have like a few hundred checks it runs to make sure its all up-dated etc before it actually begins... Theres always some update its got to download to make it work when it comes to MS i have noticed...

Also just cuz the install dir is 5mb dosnt mean IE is only 5MB (yet again i could be wrong)

Its MS... Everything is inflated to look big

timmmay said,
Installing now. I am slightly confused though as to why I downloaded the 35MB installer and it's telling me it's downloading Internet Explorer 9.

same issue here but its taking so long,

timmmay said,
Installing now. I am slightly confused though as to why I downloaded the 35MB installer and it's telling me it's downloading Internet Explorer 9.

Its weird - but its only a couple of meg

roadwarrior said,

I think his point is that 35MB is a little big for a web installer.

Correct. I've used plenty of web installer's in the past which have been a few megabytes at most! I don't care about the size from a download perspective, I just don't get why it's so big and then downloads even more. I mean, Firefox setup is under 10MB!

timmmay said,
Installing now. I am slightly confused though as to why I downloaded the 35MB installer and it's telling me it's downloading Internet Explorer 9.

hmm. My web installer have only 531KB..

timmmay said,

Correct. I've used plenty of web installer's in the past which have been a few megabytes at most! I don't care about the size from a download perspective, I just don't get why it's so big and then downloads even more. I mean, Firefox setup is under 10MB!


The answer is probably: Microsoft don't care much because you're assumed to have high speed connections by now.