More Windows 7 E details emerge

Microsoft has revealed a few more details about Windows 7 E, the version of their next operating system that will be released in Europe without Internet Explorer. The information is primarily focused at developers who may be affected when creating applications that use Internet Explorer based controls but also provides some more general information.

The details, posted on the Windows 7 for Developers blog, reveal that using Windows 7 E will be similar to using the full version of Windows 7 but with the Internet Explorer component disabled. This is also how they suggest that developers can test their software for compatibility with Windows 7 E, as builds of it are currently unavailable to testers. However, regardless of which version of Windows 7 you are using and whether you have Internet Explorer enabled or not, Microsoft report that "[t]he Internet Web Platform components (for example, WebOC) are still installed and available" as they are built into the Windows core.

Microsoft has also been carrying out their own compatibility tests with Windows 7 E. These tests found that "the vast majority of applications work on Windows 7 E editions without any changes. This includes applications that use many of the Internet Web Platform embedding methods (including WebBrowser control, hosting Trident, and HTML Help)." The blog post lists more details about three different types of incompatibilities found and includes some solutions and code samples to help developers overcome these issues.

There is also confirmation that the various editions of Windows 7 E will be available on MSDN at the same time as the standards editions of Windows 7. This is expected to be shortly after the RTM, however soon that may come. If you end up running Windows 7 E and an OEM has not already installed Internet Explorer on your PC then you will still have the chance if you want to install it yourself using the Internet Explorer 8 Feature Pack for Windows 7 E. This will be available sometime after Windows 7 becomes generally available on October 22 through the Microsoft Download Center, presuming that you have another browser installed to access it with.

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Hopefully this will give companies the impetus to make sure their applications work with multiple third party solutions instead of assuming a user will have installed a certain application. When you click on an email address in a web browser, it launches your preferred client. This should be the same.

I would because i HATE the new version of IE.

Now if we also could choose which components to install that would be great.

Open up CMD or powershell

PS C:Documents and SettingsAdministratorDesktop>

ftp releases.mozilla.org

Connected to releases.geo.mozilla.com.
220 Welcome to mozilla.isc.org.
User (releases.geo.mozilla.com:(none)):
anonymous

331 Please specify the password.
Password:
anonymous (note:you won't see this being typed)

230 Login successful.
ftp>
cd pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/latest/win32/en-GB/

250 Directory successfully changed.
ftp>
dir

200 PORT command successful. Consider using PASV.
150 Here comes the directory listing.
-rw-r--r-- 1 ftp ftp 7936736 Jun 24 19:46 Firefox Setup 3.5.exe
-rw-r--r-- 1 ftp ftp 194 Jun 24 19:52 Firefox Setup 3.5.exe.asc
226 Directory send OK.
ftp: 162 bytes received in 0.00Seconds 162000.00Kbytes/sec.
ftp>
binary

200 Switching to Binary mode.
ftp>
get "Firefox Setup 3.5.exe"

200 PORT command successful. Consider using PASV.
150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for Firefox Setup 3.5.exe (7936736 bytes).
226 File send OK.
ftp: 7936736 bytes received in 25.48Seconds 311.45Kbytes/sec.
ftp>
bye

221 Goodbye.
PS C:Documents and SettingsAdministratorDesktop>

Now firefox setup is on your pc, install and download IE8, simple euh???
Now if Microsoft puts IE8 on a ftp server it would be easier!!!!

firefox - releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/latest/win32/en-GB/
opera - ftp.opera.com/pub/opera/win/##/en (## follow latest version number)
safari - ????
IE8 - ???

Swiftie said,
PS or CD?

sorry?....

i was using powershell, but same applies in CMD

puting the exe on a cd or other media will just outdated quickly, simple and straight form the source

... or you can download IE or whatever browser you want to use before installing Windows 7 and put it on a USB drive.

Doli said,
... or you can download IE or whatever browser you want to use before installing Windows 7 and put it on a USB drive.

Why you gotta get all technical on us?

FloatingFatMan said,
All very nice, but it's about a zillion times easier just to grab it from Windows Update. ;)

Wow, really? Microsoft has seen sense and started distributing firefox from windows update? I guess they were serious about becoming more secure ;-)

Doli said,
... or you can download IE or whatever browser you want to use before installing Windows 7 and put it on a USB drive.


Because setup files on media get outdated quickly - what happens if you don't have access to another pc?
printing out the simple instructions and leaving them in your dvd case, simple, quick and easy.

Jimmy422 said,
C:Documents and settings ? We're not talking about Windows XP...

hmm im on xp now... sorry but my win7 E edittion hasn't come in the post yet.. maybe the postman has nicked it.

"with the Internet Explorer component disabled"

Does that mean you can simply enable it in the Add/Remove Software preference pane?

ModernMech said,
No, you can't enable it by going to Turn Windows Feature on Or Off. Internet Explorer is completely absent from the system.

http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/e_preview.asp

The relevant screenshot is the last one. You'll notice there is no Internet Explorer option, as there is in a standard W7 install.

Correct. According to the article an Internet Explorer 8 Feature Pack will be available to restore the browser to the system. That would be for those that want it.

That's great news. It's just as I imagined, Windows 7 without IE installed pretty much. Still, WU will probably provide an optional update with IE on

Chasethebase said,
That's great news. It's just as I imagined, Windows 7 without IE installed pretty much. Still, WU will probably provide an optional update with IE on ;)

So, do we have to pay extra for this version and can we get it in the US? They could call it Windows 7 Secure. Ha, just kidding, ie is great, really it is...

"However, irregardless..."

Drop the "ir".

As for the article, when it becomes available on MSDN, will that be the final version?