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Windows 7: Windows Browser Ballot, What really happens.

13 Mar 2010   #11
Kari

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OK, I have now tested different scenarios. Here are the conclusions:
  • If the Windows machine has any other browser than IE installed prior to the first boot after installing the update, ballot is not shown. IE can but must not be the default browser, it seems the ballot assumes the choice is made when user has installed additional browsers
  • If the Windows machine has only IE installed prior to the first boot after installing the update, the ballot of 12 browsers is shown:
    Windows Browser Ballot, What really happens.-browser_ballot_1.png

    Windows Browser Ballot, What really happens.-browser_ballot_2.png

    Windows Browser Ballot, What really happens.-browser_ballot_3.png

    Windows Browser Ballot, What really happens.-browser_ballot_4.png

  • Even if the user wants to keep IE as the only (default) browser and chooses not to install any additional browser, he / she must 'install' IE by clicking the appropriate button. If user chooses not to install any browser, not even IE, but instead closes the window it causes IE to disappear from Start Menu and Taskbar:

    Windows Browser Ballot, What really happens.-browser_ballot_5.png

    User must in this case manually re-pin IE to Start Menu and Taskbar, although it disappears once again after next reboot if again no browser is chosen.
  • If the user chooses IE, which is of course already installed, he's brought to this page:
    Windows Browser Ballot, What really happens.-browser_ballot_6.png
  • If user chooses to install any other browser, the download starts automatically
  • Ballot appears after every reboot until a browser is chosen and installed. On one of my systems the ballot was not shown after reboot though no browser was chosen, reason is a complete mystery to me. In this case the ballot had to be manually started by clicking its shortcut on Desktop

Kari




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13 Mar 2010   #12
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Great you posted the screenshots...i'd forgot to slide the bar to see more choices...yes IE had to be re-pin in the taskbar.
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14 Mar 2010   #13
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Thanks Kari for the detailed info. Great stuff!
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14 Mar 2010   #14
Shade

Windows 7 x64
 
 

This is ridiculous. Who is the EU, and what place do they have in the computer world? I hate when a government gets involved in matters that don't involve them. Why should MS be forced to offer their competitors products, while other companies skate free? That is like going to McDonald's and picking up a Whooper. It is astounding to me that MS even agreed to this.
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14 Mar 2010   #15
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Great report, Kari. Even though it does not affect me; I enjoyed the learning experience.
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15 Mar 2010   #16
Nigsy

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

One of the more annoying aspects of this is (unintetionally) IE users are being forced to upgrade to IE8.
I still use IE6 on my work PC due to compatibility issues with custom built software. If I choose on the ballot screen to stick with IE, it automatically assumes I need IE8!

So moved my work PC to FF as the default browser and have kept IE6 for when I need to access my other software.

I would also like the EU to tackle the IMMORAL behaviour of Apple by including Quicktime with their iTunes software.
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