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Windows 7: downgrade ie9 to ie8 when ie9 is factory installed

11 Nov 2012   #11
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

There is a way to downgrade, but it requires a lot of registry editing, and file deleting, then installing IE8, I do not know why they wouldn't allow IE9, since it is more secure than IE8, runs smoother, and even supports more features.

Most IT techs will not allow their systems to be upgraded until there is an issue with the current version and upgrading is the only solution. I have been to jobs where they were still using IE6, and didn't know why they couldn't load any webpages without issues. I upgraded them to IE9, and their system is running smoothly.


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11 Nov 2012   #12
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

The problem is, even with this registry editing you mention, where do you get an IE8 download for Windows 7? It doesn't appear to exist. You might try the IE collection. It's a stand alone collection of many versions of IE. You could choose to just install IE8.

http://www.addictivetips.com/windows...er-collection/

Also, if your friends OS version is Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise, he could also run XP mode, and Windows 8 from there.

A Guy
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11 Nov 2012   #13
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
The problem is, even with this registry editing you mention, where do you get an IE8 download for Windows 7? It doesn't appear to exist. You might try the IE collection. It's a stand alone collection of many versions of IE. You could choose to just install IE8.

Run Multiple Versions Of IE Simultaneously With Internet Explorer Collection

Also, if your friends OS version is Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise, he could also run XP mode, and Windows 8 from there.

A Guy
I was thinking of XP my bad, I remember doing this with my XP machine when I needed to test something on an older browser.

The IECollection is nice though, will have to remember that one it makes life a bit simpler.
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11 Nov 2012   #14
Invader440

Win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Just a thought but wonder if he could get by with using user agent switcher.
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11 Nov 2012   #15
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

I wonder how they would know if he is using IE9 instead of IE8, most IT people I know if the computer is yours, they only provide limited support, especially if you are using software like browsers that they don't support?

The only thing I can think of is they pass all internet traffic through a passthrough filter site placeholder that checks your browser version, but that would bog down their servers, and the browser version can be easily faked anyways. Some jobs I go to only allow IE9, but I use Chrome, so I have a program on my laptop that tells any browsers that ask what browser version is being used, and it intercepts the request and reports IE9.
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