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Windows 7: I need to force IE7 on windows 7

19 Aug 2009   #1
mattinsa

Windows 7
 
 
I need to force IE7 on windows 7

Hi,

I need to force/run IE 7 on windows 7 - I know IE 7 is not compatible with windows 7 but surely there is a way to force this to happen?

I have removed IE8 as per instructions here How to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7 (kinda) | Windows 7 Center

But now I want to install IE7 - I have downloaded IE 7 for winxp - but it wont allow me to install, saying its not supported on IE7.

I then downloaded Internet Explorer 7 optimized for Google Download Internet Explorer 7 optimized for Google - it got further than the above download but when I restart I cannot find it anywhere, and it doesnt seem to be able to run....

I need IE7 to test software which at this point in time has only been optimised for IE7....please help!

Thanks


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19 Aug 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Im not sure you are going to be able to but what abt dualbooting win 7 and XP?

Ken
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19 Aug 2009   #3
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

You could install XP Mode and install IE7 on there.
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19 Aug 2009   #4
Sassa

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
You could install XP Mode and install IE7 on there.
I agree.
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19 Aug 2009   #5
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Best bet is XPM, or load up another VM and us it to run IE7. Can't go wrong with either one of these methods.
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20 Aug 2009   #6
Dasumianco

 

agreed with above, i managed to force it onto 7 BUT found that it wouldnt actually load up and also windows xplorer buggered up.. best using a virtual XP of your choice..
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20 Aug 2009   #7
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mattinsa View Post
... I need to force/run IE 7 on windows 7 - I know IE 7 is not compatible with windows 7 but surely there is a way to force this to happen?
Not in any way that it will not damage Windows 7 as a side-effect. Some of IE's internal components are used for other Windows functions. If you were successful in replacing all the components of IE 8 with those from IE 7, you would most probably find that other things in Windows 7 would not work anymore. A good possibility is Explorer.

As others have said, you're only working option would be to use a Virtual solution and install an OS that doesn't bring IE 8 with it. But be aware that IE 8 is being pushed out by Windows Update. So, you would need to make sure that IE 7 in your Virtual OS doesn't get replaced by IE 8 -- or you're back to where you are now.
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20 Aug 2009   #8
masterB

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Didn't we have IE 7 before RC in early W7 beta? Can't remember what build it was.
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