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Windows 7: Windows 7 Has Secret 'Off' Switch for Internet Explorer?

08 Mar 2009   #1

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Windows 7 Has Secret 'Off' Switch for Internet Explorer

Sunday, March 08, 2009
SEATTLE — A single check box deep in the guts of the next version of Windows is giving Microsoft Corp. watchers a peek at how the software maker plans to keep European antitrust regulators from marring a crucial software launch.
Windows 7, the successor to the much-maligned Vista, isn't expected to reach consumers until next year, but more than a million people are already testing early versions.
A pair of bloggers tinkering with settings stumbled upon one they hadn't seen before: The ability to "turn off" Microsoft's own Internet Explorer browser.

Microsoft lost a long-running battle with EU antitrust regulators in 2007 over the way it bundled media player software into the Windows operating system.
The dust had barely settled when a similar claim was filed, this time over Internet Explorer's place inside Windows.

Opera Software ASA, a Norwegian competitor, claimed the practice gives Microsoft's browser an unfair advantage.

In a preliminary decision in January, the EU agreed. Since then, makers of the open-source browser Firefox and Google Inc., which entered the browser market six months ago, have offered to provide more evidence that Microsoft is stifling competition.
In the media player dispute, the EU heavily fined Microsoft and forced it to sell a version of Windows without the offending program installed.
This time, Microsoft appears to be offering the check-box solution as a way to head off a similar ending.
The company declined to comment Friday on the connection between the check boxes and the EU's preliminary decision.
But in a recent quarterly filing, it said the European Commission may order PC makers to install multiple browsers on new PCs and force Microsoft to disable parts of its own Internet Explorer if people chose a competing browser.

The check boxes, which were described on Microsoft enthusiast blogs and, also give Windows 7 users a way to disable the media player and hard-drive search programs, among other components, both of which have drawn scrutiny from regulators.
After Windows Vista landed with a thud, Microsoft needs a hit, said Michael Cherry, an analyst for the research group Directions on Microsoft.
Beyond appeasing the EU, he said he didn't see much use for the Internet Explorer check box.
"Windows 7 is becoming more and more important for Microsoft," he said in an interview. "You don't want anything that gives anyone even a doubt as to whether or not they should upgrade."

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08 Mar 2009   #2

Windows 7 RTM

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08 Mar 2009   #3

Vista Ultimate x64, Windows Seven Ultimate 64Bit RC

I found this feature the same day that I installed Win7, I thought everybody knew. Go figure.
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08 Mar 2009   #4

El Capitan / Windows 10

Seems that with a simple registry edit almost any package can be removed from Windows 7 as the Windows Features dialog now ties directly into the WAIK toolkit binaries. Want proof? Watch your Task Manager task list while Windows Features is working on removing a feature -- you'll see a host process for DISM working there behind the scenes.
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08 Mar 2009   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64

InstallWatch is good for working out changes made :)
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09 Mar 2009   #6

Windows 7 7068

i know this is not really realated, but do you also have "games" checked and no games in the games folder in the start/programs menu?
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09 Mar 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.

I can only repeat what has been said several times on this site. It does not remove IE8, it only disables the links. It is a legal option and has little user potential. An easier way for the user is to just delete the startmenu shortcuts and just stop using it!
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