European Windows 7 without Browser

  100andthirty 21:48 16 Jul 2009

If Windows 7 is to be shipped without Internet Explorer, how does one obtain a browser? the obvious answer is that one should download it from the Internet. But without a browser, how do you do it?

Is there a way that doesn't involve using another computer an/or messing around with burning ISO images?

  anskyber 22:01 16 Jul 2009

Download it before you install and save to a device like pen drive or DVD then install after W7

  BurrWalnut 09:04 17 Jul 2009

Order a IE8 CD nearer October, click here

  GaT7 14:45 17 Jul 2009

"i can see this being a pretty silly move for non tech people" - I agree.

Be aware there's also a less common 'N' version available that doesn't some with Windows Media Player either click here:

'Does not contain an Internet browser or Windows Media player'

Not as bad as not having a browser - but BOTH missing may be a bit too much for some? G

  GaT7 18:15 17 Jul 2009

"Without a browser, would it still connect via windows update ?" - I guess so, as Win7 RC updater doesn't seem to need one.

"And if so would IE8 be a recommended update ?" - good question :-), G

  sunnystaines 09:03 25 Jul 2009

does windows mail in w7 have a browsing function?

I'm sure in the past outlook had something similar, this could be used to download a browser.

  sunnystaines 14:02 30 Jul 2009

good tip thanks

  Forum Editor 23:11 30 Jul 2009

that the Windows 7 installer will ask you to select the browser of your choice from a list. It will then use your internet connection to toddle off and download the latest compatible version, and install it as part of the Windows installation routine.

My guess is that Microsoft will have copies of the latest compatible versions of the various browsers sitting on its own European servers, ready for the expected high volume of downloads.

  anskyber 08:41 01 Aug 2009

Microsoft have said "In the wake of last week's developments, as well as continuing feedback on Windows 7 E that we have received from computer manufacturers and other business partners, I'm pleased to report that we will ship the same version of Windows 7 in Europe in October that we will ship in the rest of the world.

One reason we decided not to ship Windows 7 'E' is concerns raised by computer manufacturers and partners. Several worried about the complexity of changing the version of Windows that we ship in Europe if our ballot screen proposal is ultimately accepted by the Commission and we stop selling Windows 7 'E'. Computer manufacturers and our partners also warned that introducing Windows 7 'E', only to later replace it with a version of Windows 7 that includes IE, could confuse consumers about what version of Windows to buy with their PCs.2

according to Paul Thurrott.

  Forum Editor 09:53 01 Aug 2009

Microsoft won't have the last say - there's an EU decision pending, and only last week the European Commission issued a press statement saying:

"The Commission welcomes this proposal [that there would be a browser option in the installation routine], and will now investigate its practical effectiveness in terms of ensuring genuine consumer choice."

The bracketed text is mine.

Eventually the Commission will issue a decision, and if it accepts the browser list proposal Microsoft will have no choice - the European version of Windows 7 will have to be different from all others if it is to be allowed on sale in EU countries.

  anskyber 10:05 01 Aug 2009

Yes, thanks for the clarification.

As a mere consumer of such products I am happy with the outcome of a ballot screen. I have found the exchanges between MS and the EU most interesting not the least because the consumers interests appears to have taken, or rather been given, a back seat at times.

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