Thursday, October 19, 2006

IE7 installed

Just installed the final (read “no longer beta”) release of IE7.  Having used IE7 beta for quite some time, there’s not a whole lot that’s changed from a user experience standpoint.

A few things to know when installing:

  • Probably best to quit the Spybot S&D Resident
  • The installer recommends quitting virus software, but I didn’t do that and had no problems
  • The installer will validate your copy of Windows before doing any installation
  • The installation takes some time following validation:
    • First the installer ran and removed the old version of IE — note that I was using a beta version of IE7, so I have no idea if it does this if you are running IE6 or below
    • Second the installer made me restart to complete the uninstallation
    • Third the machine rebooted directly to the installation, which downloaded some updates, installed the core components, and then ran the Malicious Software Removal Tool — this took about 10 minutes
    • Fourth the machine restarted again to complete the install
    • Finally upon logging in the installer finished up some installation tasks and displayed the desktop
  • Upon opening IE7 the first time, you are presented with some options to select including your default search provider, whether or not you want the anti-phishing filter enabled, and whether you want to participate in the feedback program
  • After filling out the initial screen, you can take a tour, add options, or go to your homepage 

I’m not sure if MS will be pushing this as an update, but if you want to get it now, you can download it via the link below.


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