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IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

Internet Explorer 11 comes with support for the latest web standards, advanced developer tools and improved security, in order to offer users an enhanced browsing experience.


 

  • Fast: Fast at loading sites and fluid as you navigate through them.
  • Easy: Seamless with Windows, it just works the way you want. 
  • Safer: Better protection from threats and increased privacy online.



Features:
· Compatibility enhancements
· WebGL and High DPI support
· Optimized for touch screens
· Powerful developer tools for creating Windows Store apps using JavaScript
· Fast website loading (prerender and prefetch, caching and prioritization)
· Enhanced view of websites and Windows Store apps using JavaScript
· Tile support and tile notifications with RSS
· Personalized look and better integration with the Windows environment

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It will be "pushed" automatically [over the next few weeks] as part of Windows/Automatic Updates (unless you arrange to disable automatic delivery, per the toolkit cited below the double lines).  

If you don't want to wait for automatic updates, you can manually download it now:

IE 11 for 32-bit Win 7 SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40902 

IE 11 for x64    Win 7 SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40901 

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For those who DON'T want to receive automatic download of IE 11:

Toolkit  [for Win7 SP1] to DISABLE Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 11  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40722

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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

CNET review http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57611241-92/befriending-a-cutesy-anime-kid-ie-11-cozies-up-to-windo... 

PC Mag review  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2426837,00.asp - "The new browser version speeds up Web browsing while reducing CPU usage to save batteries on mobile PCs. It also adds a raft of new standards support, most surprisingly for WebGL, the 3D graphics API that Microsoft resisted adding for several versions".

ZDNet comments  http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-releases-to-the-web-ie11-for-windows-7-7000022751/ - "IE11 on Windows 7 includes support for WebGL. It will natively decode JPG images in real-time on the GPU so that pages load faster, use less memory and help improve battery life and support HTML5 link prefetching and pre-rendering...  It [also] incorporates... changes to the "Chakra" JavaScript engine, including changes to garbage collection and just-in-time (JIT) compilation..."

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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

If you download manually, read the small print and uncheck any pre-checked defaults such as these if you don't want them:

 * I would also like Bing and MSN defaults 


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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

Thanks BB emoticon.Smile.title .   I did that... but neglected to document it in this thread.

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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

  I did that...
In that case I assume you took the manual download.  So how do you like IE 11 so far?


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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

Yes, on one system earlier today.   I think it "feels" faster... but I haven't tried to quantify that.   Looks basically the same as IE10... except that the cursor sometimes seems strange on some pages... not sure what's up with that.  

We'll see what happens... my plan is to wait for automatic updates to handle my other systems.

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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

Well, I manually downloaded IE 11 to my most expendable system (a Win 7 Pro/sp1 32 bit netbook) and did not see any small print. As far as I can tell, Bing and MSN were not installed. I did have to re-start my system 3 times to get it working properly.

IE 11 works. I can't say it is any faster. Improvements must all be under the hood.

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I checked Windows Update and was surprised to find an Update for IE10 which I already had. I went to the site listed above and manually downloaded Internet Explorer11- 64 bit. My ISP is Comcast (xFinity) and I discovered that my xFinity home page would not load. I received a message that said I needed a browser update for Internet Explorer. I had to uninstall Internet Explorer 11 and revert back to version 10 to use my xFinity homepage.  Does anyone know if this Internet Explorer 11for Windows 7 is a Beta version?   I will wait until Internet Explorer 11 is offered as a Windows Update for my other Window 7 Computers. 

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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

It wasn't specified as a beta. Did you try Compatibility View for your homepage?


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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

Bugbatter, No I did not think to try it Compatibility View.

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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

I was surprised to read that one of the moderators at SpywareHammer had a few problems after installing IE11.

http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php/topic,14919.msg139684.html#msg139684


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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

Blog from Microsoft offers a lot of details about what IE 11 offers:   http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2013/11/07/ie11-for-windows-7-globally-available-for-consumers-an...

[Keep in mind this is written from Microsoft's perspective...]

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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

Annie,

This is definitely classified as a "final" (i.e., NON-Beta) release.

[At present, I have it only on one of my systems.]

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I am taking a break for a few days from computers/technology, however I will try to download IE 11 on another Windows 7 system when I return.  Thanks for the reply. 

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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

Curiosity got the better of me... so I decided to try out IE11 on a second Win7 system (this time 32 bits).  

Before doing so, I tried benchmarking performance of the old IE10, to be able to make a comparison.  

Using the IE Test Drive site , I obtained the following results:

IE 11 was 9.5% faster than IE 10 on the Popcorn test drive demo 

There was no significant difference between IE 11 and IE 10 on EtchMark test --- in fact, IE 11 ran just a tad slower here.

But most disturbingly, IE 11 ran TWICE AS SLOW as IE 10 on the Chalkboard test http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Performance/Chalkboard/ 

[The system has an ATI Radeon HD 4550 Display Adapter.]

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Yes, the improvements are way under the hood & so is some of the pre-XP dated code that comes along for the ride.

I've used IE11, but it's not my default browser, nor will it ever be. Us Windows 8 users (8.1 has IE11) has already has several updates/patches that were critical ones , to prevent remote code execution.

If anyone who runs clean up apps such as CCleaner has noticed, there's "IE5" files in the ones to be cleaned, this predates Windows 2000. Also, their "Do Not Track" option is dependent on the other end, NOT the user who selects to use it. The recipient can accept or deny the user's non-tracking request at their discretion. However, that's the same with all browsers, I bring it up because MS touted it as a great new feature.

My point being, yes IE11 is faster, it should be, it's newer, but it's enhanced security mode protection actually locks out what few 3rd party addons (such as Adblock Plus for IE) that we can use to help secure the browser & prevent ads.

IE has been on a decline for years & unlike the mid-90's "browser wars" period, MS doesn't have the cash to stamp out the main competition (Google Chrome & Mozilla Firefox). They did succeed in getting Netscape out of business, a project that Mozilla took over.

Those who are fans of or loyal to IE will have a faster browser, but not necessarily a more secure one.

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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

catilley1092,

That's an interesting perspective. Thank you for your opinion.


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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

Cat:

An interesting perspective indeed.

I've always used IE as my default browser. Mostly out of familiarity. I've always been glad that the "browser wars" keep them all competitive, and doubt they were confined to the mid-nineties. My perception is that the wars are on-going to this day. I've never been convinced that any browser was inherently more secure, and I've used a fair number in my time.

My advice has always been to use the browser that best meets your needs, and to keep at least one other in reserve.

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That's the way that I do, Joe53. Firefox is my default one, with Chrome a very close second choice.

Keeping a backup browser & knowing it's features has came in handy more than once through some buggy FF releases. At one time, I was using the Firefox ESR browser, one designed for corporate use, though anyone can freely use it.

Doesn't have the latest & greatest features, but is stable, which is critical for business needs. For those who are interested, here's the link to FF ESR, it comes in Windows, OSX & Linux versions, as well as many languages.

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all.html

Note that I'm not an anti-IE user, it's just that since IE8 was released in 2009, it became too heavy of a browser for what was then a majority XP userbase. Many of which had computers with only 2-3GB of DDR2, or worse yet, DDR RAM. IE8 didn't run well on my Dell Latitude D610 with 2GB DDR2 RAM.

Switched to FF & haven't looked back.

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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

I updated my IE 10 x 64 to IE x 64.

Since then when ever I tried to log on to my Gmail, it remain stuck. If I open a new tab on the same screen, and click in here again on gmail , I get a message to inform "IE has stopped working, finding a solution with a green bar running, then my gmail opens.

Does anybody else face with the same problem I wonder?

Regards

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After posting here I went to "Tools"  and included Google in "Compatibility View Setting" following which gmail opens on my first attempt on logging. Even with this work around opening my Gmail account has gone slow. However I do not find any slowness or difficulty in opening my Yahoo mail account.. There must be some conflict between Google & IE 11.

 

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Installed IE 11 on three 64-bit systems so far. No problems. emoticon.Yes.title

I no longer use Gmail or Yahoo, so I have not tested those with IE 11.


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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

I installed Internet 11 on two Windows 7 laptop computers without any problems. On my main Dell Studio XPX 8100, when I tried to open the xFinity by Comcast website I received a compatibility message. The website does run in Compatibility View. 

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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

Annie,

Just to be sure I understand, you CAN access/view/use the xFinity by Comcast website with IE 11 on your laptops, but not with IE11 on your studio?   If so, that sounds very strange... because if there were an incompatibility between xFinity and IE 11, one would expect it to manifest itself on all such systems.   If it's just on the studio, maybe something else is different/interfering there.

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Ky331, That is correct. This only happens on the Studio XPS Desktop. INTERNET EXPLORER 11 WORKS FINE ON THE LAPTOPS.  On the desktop I received a message that I needed a browser update and a browser update page shows with all the common browsers listed, IE, FF, Chrome , etc.

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I uninstalled IE 11 on the Studio XPS 8100 due to problems with other sites. Now I can only get to the dell.com site in compatibility mode using IE version 10. 

 

When using IE 11 and using Words With Friends under Facebook, I received a popup that said "There is a problem with this website's security certificate."   I did check my clock and date and these are correct.  I am not sure where to start to troubleshoot this.  On the two laptops the update for IE 11 came through Windows Updates. On the Studio XPS 8100, I manually found IE11 and downloaded it.  I am wondering if I did this manual install out of sequence. 

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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

We may not understand the technical details, but suffice it to say, we're talking enhanced security:

"With the introduction of Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11, MS products now default to TLS 1.2 and support for the RC4 cipher has been dropped".

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/11/14/microsoft-leads-the-way-setting-new-cryptographic-default...

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Having downloaded IE 11 onto many systems, I finally decided to go for it on my primary Win7x64 Pro SP1 system.  Some Yahoo features (e-mail, calendar) display nicer in [or may actually require] compatibility mode... no "biggie" there... and if I'm not mistaken, this might have been the case for IE 10 as well.

The only issue I've encountered here (so far??) --- as on the first system I tried --- is that the cursor's appearance has changed.   No idea why.   I'll probably get used to it... but for now, it's an annoyance.

I decided to run the speed tests that I mentioned on the first page of this thread.  There, I was comparing IE11 to IE10 on the same system.   This time, I decided to compare IE11's performance to FF-25's:

Popcorn test:   IE11 was at least 50% faster than FF.

EtchMark test:  Apparently does not run on FF.

Chalkboard test:  IE11 was about 80% faster than FF.

Take this data for whatever it's worth (or not).   Keep in mind that since these particular tests were suggested by Microsoft, they could have "planted" only those they knew would be favorable to IE.

Using a popular javascript benchmark http://www.webkit.org/perf/sunspider/sunspider.html , IE 11 was 35% faster than FF.

 

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Finally got around to installing IE 11 x64 on my main Win 7/sp1 x64 Home Premium desktop. Went without a hitch, and no major complaints so far. Seems fast, and I haven't seen any sites needing compatibilty view.

One note: IE 10 had both flavors (32 and 64 bit) shortcut icons on the Desktop. Both browsers worked equally well, but I always wondered why both?
IE 11 only installed one shortcut, presumably x64. (I seem to still have 2 copies of  iexplore.exe, one in my Program Files and the other in Program Files(X86) folders. They seem to be the same version.

One minor gripe: IE 11 kills Desktop Gadgets/Sidebar, possibly by design. Microsoft recommended disabling them last year because of vulnerabilies. I never did, because I liked the analog clock  with the second hand (which was the only gadget I used) on my desktop. Also because my understanding was that it was mostly 3rd party gadgets that were vulnerable, not the ones from MS. I notice that MS did not include the gadgets in Win8. So perhaps I'm better off without them.

Oh well, I can always open the Adjust date/time from my notification tray if I want to see an analog clock with a second hand.

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One minor gripe: IE 11 kills Desktop Gadgets/Sidebar, possibly by design. Microsoft recommended disabling them last year because of vulnerabilies. I never did, because I liked the analog clock  with the second hand (which was the only gadget I used) on my desktop. Also because my understanding was that it was mostly 3rd party gadgets that were vulnerable, not the ones from MS. I notice that MS did not include the gadgets in Win8. So perhaps I'm better off without them.
Same here, I liked the weather gadget, but now I've found the info online and added a link to the desktop. It's only the matter of a click.


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RE: IE 11 available for download [for Win 7 SP1 users]

Joe wrote:  "One note: IE 10 had both flavors (32 and 64 bit) shortcut icons on the Desktop. Both browsers worked equally well, but I always wondered why both?  IE 11 only installed one shortcut, presumably x64. (I seem to still have 2 copies of  iexplore.exe, one in my Program Files and the other in Program Files(X86) folders. They seem to be the same version."

Unless I'm mistaken, I had the two clear "flavors" (32/64) of IE with IE 9, but they were "seemingly merged" into a single IE with the advent of IE 10.  While it's not at my fingertips, I recall we had a long discussion somewhere when I realized there was only one IE 10 version... as we were wondering which version it was.   My best conclusion at the time was that it was behaving like a 32-bit version if ENHANCED Protected Mode was NOT checked (under Tools/  Internet Options / the Advanced Tab / Security), but that it was behaving like a 64-bit version --- disabling one's 32-bit addons/toolbars --- if ENHANCED Protected Mode WAS checked.    Please stress that ENHANCED Protected Mode is separate/distinct from ["basic"] Protected Mode, which is located under Tools/ Internet Options / the SECURITY tab.

Looking now with IE 11, I likewise have two separate  iexplore.exe  files, one under Program Files, the other under Program Files (x86).   The files are clearly different sizewise.   Despite this, they both appear to open up the same version, from the point of functionality... that is to say, ENHANCED Protected Mode is not checked in either, and I have my 32-bit add-ons running in both.

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As for "gadgets", I've never used them... so I wouldn't have noticed any change there.   But I do feel it would have been appropriate for Microsoft to have pointed-out this change --- up front --- rather than having people discover it after the fact.   The proper way to have done so would have been to make this (killing of gadgets) a separate Windows Update, which could be applied or rejected independent of one's installing IE11.

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One other minor change I've noticed... when I open-up IE 11 (on two different 7x64 systems), it sometimes asks me [two or three times] if I'll allow a tracking cookie from that website.   I assume this may have something to do with either the "Do Not Track" option (Tools / Internet Options / Advanced / Security / Send Do Not Track requests to sites you visit in IE) --- which I have enabled ----, or perhaps the "Tracking Protection" option (Tools /  Turn on Tracking Protection ) [which I have disabled, so it's unlikely to be the culprit here].

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