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MSIE 7 Beta 2 Released – Are You Ready?

“Get To Work on IE7 Beta 2 Preview” from Robin’s Blog gives a very candid review of what it takes to use the upcoming new Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2. The amount of effort to get it installed made me really reconsider the value, though.

  1. After downloading the software and running the exe file your operating system installation needs to be validated before you can install. So information has to be sent to Microsoft.
  2. I found that I couldn’t validate easily with Firefox. I ended up resetting my default browser to IE to validate.
  3. I had to install an Active X control in order to validate and even then I got a validation error in IE.
  4. I ignored the validation error in the browser and clicked Validate again in the install screen and it finally let me install the software.
  5. Internet Explorer 6 will be replaced by this beta version, so only install if you’re ready to make the switch.

If you are considering beta testing IE7, give this a thorough read before you install.

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One Comment

  1. Posted February 17, 2006 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    If you just want to use the browser to test your pages see my post at for a method by Jon Galloway to get IE7 running along IE6. Very simply to do. It runs much the same way as other standalone IE versions.

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