IE10 Lands on Windows 7

By Craig Buckler
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As promised, Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 10 Preview on Windows 7. The new browser can be installed on Windows 7 32/64-bit SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. You require 512MB RAM and up to 120MB of hard disk space. Sorry XP and Vista users — you’re out of luck.

The installer itself is a 800Kb file which proceeds to download many megabytes in the background and reboot your PC. It takes a while, although that could have been people like me rushing to upgrade their Windows 7 PCs. But seriously, Microsoft — other browsers download and install in seconds.

So what’s it like? My recent IE10 review describes the main features and updates. The differences in Windows 7:

  • There’s no (Interface Formally Known As) Metro mode — but you’re not missing much unless you have a tablet.
  • Windows 7 has Aero, Windows 8 offers a simpler UI.
  • Adobe Flash is not natively integrated — you require the plugin.

IE10 Windows 7

Other than that, it’s much the same browser. Same HTML5 test score of 320+6 / 500, same 100 / 100 Acid3 test result. If you liked IE9, you’ll like IE10. It’s just as fast and offers a full range of HTML5 and CSS3 facilities.

While it remains a preview (why the delay?), IE10 on Windows 7 is a full browser which replaces IE9. If necessary, you can revert back from the Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off > uncheck Internet Explorer 10.

Only one question remains: should you install IE10? If you only own one test machine, I’d suggest not. IE9 has an 17% market share; IE10 has less than 1%. Besides, IE10 will cause far fewer issues so there’s less urgency to test it.

For everyone else — go for it. IE10 may be a preview but it’s stable and, whatever your opinion of Microsoft’s browser, it’s better than IE9.

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  • Kris

    “Sorry XP and Vista users — you’re out of luck”.

    If you search google for this word you find many post. Well, Their is no luck thing in Ie10 (msft’s toys).
    From IE6 to IE10 no improvement on the way for storing bookmark.

    This is seriously not a software. Chrome and Firefox really do a good job. It’s never means anything for me because I never write my code for IE10. I just tested for Ie8 few time when I tried something new.

  • Yamakazi

    I don’t care if ie10 lands or crashes to windows 7. I can’t take that burden on my system.

    • You have IE whether you like it or not. You might as well upgrade to v10.

      • I am not a big fan of IE too … but with IE 10 coming up … it might give us change to focus on 8 9 and 10 only.
        Then again, with the popularity of .Net technology, there are so many things thats doable only via IE.
        My points above doesnt speak for IE but ….

  • kunle smart

    Ff all d way. Maybe ms needs to stop writing browser. They did try when it mattered most. I think its time they let go.

    • They’re certainly behind the competition, but IE10 closes the gap considerably. Personally, I’m glad Microsoft have a viable browser. More browsers = more competition = more innovation.

  • Sorry XP and Vista users — you’re out of luck.

    I echo Kris, It should be Sorry Microsoft …’re out of chances. You have screwed with us the last time. The was no reason why a MODERN compatabile browser wasn’t shipped with xp, vista, 7 etc…

    MS no longer has any credibility when it comes to offering… the next thing is software. They have always been and are still behind the curve when it comes to usability and compatibility.

  • Is it possible to install this alongside IE9?

  • IE10, how much it scores out of 10!
    Currently, the Windows 7 version is known as “preview,” and it’s available for download. (does that means ‘beta’, in other words!). Oh, yes it does support HTML5 to an extent where it can compete with other browsers, pretty well. Finally and finally supports CSS3 like text-shadow, transforms, and animations. And When will Microsoft understand the need for Robust Debug Tool!

  • “Sorry XP and Vista users — you’re out of luck.”
    I really don’t understand why it isn’t available for Windows Vista.

  • Bill

    120MB for IE10 is half my SSD. That would cause it to take a performance hit. Thanks for putting me on my guard. Similarly to Chris I write for Firefox. I check in IE9 compatability mode. IE10 takes up too much much hard drive space to make it usable for me and is not a necessity.

  • I’m excited about IE10 but it has to show some major improvement over the other browsers. Personally i would like to see an end of IE7 and 8 so that I’m spared with a few trouble with some of my clients. Hoping IE10 can bring back some good things from old times.

  • It would be one of the greatest blessings if MS discontinued IE development. They could instead offer a choice of good browsers when setting up your new PC.

    • Move to Europe, Brian — you’ll get just that!

  • A IE could not exist for me. Too much hard drive space, bad bookmarks.

  • Willabee

    I personally will not use IE10.

    I will install it into a VM because I will need to test my sites in all the latest browsers and MS have never failed me yet in producing issues with my web applications in any IE browser I’ve ever tested.

    All this storage requirement / No XP / No Vista / Win7 still in preview / lengthy installation / half a gig of RAM / Low HTML5 score, just gives me more stories I can use to convince IE users who visit my sites should really consider changing their browsers if they want a better web experience.

  • One major drawback to IE10 and it’s css 3d transforms implementation, is that it does not support the – “transform-style: preserve-3d;” rule and only – “transform-style: flat;” – which is the default. This means that any attempt to move more than one object in 3d space, (move objects behind other objects) fails.

    For a browser that has implemented the css transforms specs. without vendor prefix, this is a major failing, as any attempt to produce more than a basic css animation with 3d transforms, (e.g. 3d image carousel) is virtually impossible.

    First they released IE9 without transition support, now they release IE10 with incomplete 3d transform support. IE10 could have been a good browser, but simple omissions like this, show that IE still has a long way to go.

  • William

    So disappointed.
    After install, ie10 keep crashing on my win7. I also notice overall os performance became sluggish.

    Now trying to remove it (from Installed Updates) but it is stuck in shut down screen.

    Have to force shutdown (something I hate to do).

    Hope the no major issue.