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European Windows 7 without Browser


100andthirty

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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?

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a member

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Microsoft confirmed late on Friday that it plans to kill off the Windows 7 'E' version for Europe.

In a statement a company official confirmed Windows 7 E is no more:

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.

Microsoft has proposed to the EU, the idea of a ballot screen to showcase different browsers that end users can select. Earlier this week Microsoft officials confirmed this ballot screen will be available for XP and Vista users too.

According to CNET those who pre-ordered Windows 7 'E' through a recent discount offer will get the full version, as Microsoft had promised. Microsoft will now be selling Windows 7 upgrade copies and a higher-priced full version (for those without a previous copy of Windows) similar to the rest of the world.

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AL47

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no full version, im getting 2 refunds back!

full version is what i paid for! thers no other way around it surely?

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anskyber

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CNET say "Those who pre-ordered Windows 7 "E" through a recent discount offer will get the full version, as Microsoft had promised."

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GrumpyTrucker

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Interesting thing now is, if the 'E' version does end up dead in the water, I wonder what will happen to all those pre-order cut price upgrades? Will the price go up to reflect it not being W7E? Knowing our retailers, almost certainly.

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Pine Man

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.. buying an Apple Computer and then installing an Apple o/s and getting the option of installing Internet Explorer, Chrome and FireFox during the installation;-))

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anskyber

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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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Forum Editor

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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.

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anskyber

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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.

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ßeta

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Just do a search for KB968771.

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Forum Editor

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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.

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