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Windows 7: Is IE8 no longer supported by Win7?


14 Nov 2011   #1

Win7 Ult 64b
 
 
Is IE8 no longer supported by Win7?

I got a new laptop and it has Windows 7 64b and IE9 on it. All the links I can find at Microsoft for IE8 do not show a download link for Windows 7 and when you try and use the link for Vista or Server 2008 you get a message that says your OS is not supported.

After googling and searching the net for an hour I finally found a link at SoftPedia, but after I downloaded IE8 and went to install I get the same error message "your OS is not supported". Same results for both the 32b and 64b versions.

I can not stand IE9!

How in the heck do you get IE8 installed on a Windows 7 computer now?

I have a Windows 7 desktop and laptop at home with IE8 so I know that you use to be able to install it. The laptop is less than two months old, it came with IE9, but somewhere I got IE8 and installed it. Now I can not find a link to IE8 any place that will work.

Any ideas?


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14 Nov 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, that is a problem. M$ in their infinite wisdom let you only migrate up - but not down. The only way I see is to burn the installation disk, slipstream that and take IE9 out. But make sure you have another browser in the installation disk so that you can download IE8.
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14 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

You do not download IE8 its part of Win 7, you have to open Windows update & uninstall IE9 .
You will then have IE8 back.
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14 Nov 2011   #4

Win7 Ult 64b
 
 

This is a Toshiba laptop so there is no installation disk. Also IE9 is not listed under Programs so I can not uninstall it.

There must be a way since on the Clevo laptop I bought less than two months ago I was able to get IE8 installed. It maybe that on the Clevo LT I had a Windows 7 DVD that installed IE9, but it was listed and I could uninstall it. I really do not remember what I did, but I did get IE8 installed.
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14 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

What is it about IE9 that you don't like?

It is far more secure than IE8, but if you really do have an aversion to IE9, have you considered using Google Chrome instead?
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14 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

As far as I know, it is in the Installed Updates section. Always has been.

Open Windows Update, look to the lower left corner of that window, click Installed Updates and scroll until you find it.
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14 Nov 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stve View Post
You do not download IE8 its part of Win 7, you have to open Windows update & uninstall IE9 .
You will then have IE8 back.
If IE9 comes as default, that would not work - I think.
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14 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

SP1 can be made permanent, but I don't think IE9 can.
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14 Nov 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Teerex View Post
As far as I know, it is in the Installed Updates section. Always has been.

Open Windows Update, look to the lower left corner of that window, click Installed Updates and scroll until you find it.
Open Control Panel > Uninstall a program > View installed updates (Control Panel Category view) or Control Panel > Programs and features > View installed updates (Control Panel Icon view), select IE9 and uninstall it.

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14 Nov 2011   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Kari, the way I understood, the IE9 came with the intallation - not as an update. That way it would be part of the system and may be difficult to remove. But maybe I am wrong.
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