IE8 can be disabled in Windows 7


Oct 17, 2008
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ZDNet report that users will be able to disable Internet Explorer within Windows 7, should they wish to use another browser. This is likely down to the antitrust cases brought against Microsoft by competitors such as Opera:

The ability to turn off IE 8 is part of Windows 7 test build 7048, but that build isn’t available to the majority of testers. Most Windows 7 testers will have to wait another month or so for the public Release Candidate test build of Windows 7 to check out this option.

In addition to the set of Windows Vista features that users already may opt to “deselect,” Microsoft is planning to add a bunch of new ones (including IE 8) with Windows 7:
  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Media Center
  • Windows DVD Maker
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Search
  • Handwriting Recognition (through the Tablet PC Components option)
  • Windows Gadget Platform
  • Fax and Scan
  • XPS Viewer and Services (including the Virtual Print Driver)
Read more here.


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