With the release preview announced today November 13, 2012, Internet Explorer 10 will finally be available on the mainstream Windows 7 desktop, with pretty much the same face as version 9, that is much different from the metro version of it on Windows 8.
For those who want to test drive, go to this page and download it from the icon sitting in the middle of 3 main choices. There are many languages available supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit version of Windows 7. So pick one that suits you and click download link next to it to start downloading.
Since it’s no longer a test drive version anymore, installation requires a full reboot to take affect. And to be honest, I didn’t find any differences between 9 and 10 after I installed and rebooted my computer. Even the introduction page that usually shows up for the first time user looks exactly the same.
One notable change, as we previously posted, is that IE now will take care of itself in terms of upgrade without human’s interference, which is definitely a welcomed feature that’s been long overdue.
Addition to already exist Pin-to-Taskbar feature, you can now Pin any site to Start Menu, if Start Menu is still your friend after it’s been dumped by Microsoft in Windows 8.
I’ve been fiddling around this new IE for the past a couple of hour, and found it runs quite smoothly with a few new features that are actually existed since IE 9 but I never discovered them before. It renders the site almost the same as how Chrome and Firefox do, and it renders the site real quick. So far, I don’t have any complains and will keep this version on my main desktop for now.
But in case you are disappointed and are going back to the past, the process of uninstalling IE 10 is the same as in IE 9.
- Click the Start button, type Programs and Features in the search box, and then select View installed updates in the left pane.
- Under Uninstall an update, scroll down to the Microsoft Windows section.
- Right-click Internet Explorer 10, click Uninstall, and then, when prompted, click Yes.
IE 9 will be back with everything remaining the same after the reboot.
I think that’s about it for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7.