Internet Explorer 7

Microsoft Internet Explorer is a web browser application created by Microsoft primarily for Microsoft Windows. It was initially based on Spyglass Mosaic. At various points, Internet Explorer was also available for MacOS, Solaris, and HP-UX.

At its 1995 release, Internet Explorer competed with the Mosaic web browser and Netscape Navigator. Home Internet access was still somewhat new and competed against proprietary services like CompuServe, AOL, and Microsoft's own MSN.

Microsoft aggressively and abusively positioned Internet Explorer as part of their "browser war" to eliminate all competition. Microsoft fiercely pushed third party products to bundle Internet Explorer, and web sites to work only in Internet Explorer.

In 1998, Microsoft was hit with an antitrust suit, much of which involved their browser bundling.

By around 2004, Microsoft had destroyed most of their competition, dominated the browser market, and let IE stagnate until Mozilla.org released Firefox.

After Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft supplanted IE with "Microsoft Edge" which eventually switched to the Google Chrome rendering engine. Something that would have been unthinkable back then.

Internet Explorer is freely redistributable. But is archived here, as much software (stupidly) requires it.



Release notes

Internet Explorer 7 was bundled with Windows Vista. It could be installed on Windows XP with service pack 2 or 3.

IE 7 is not avaialble for any other OS or earlier Windows version.

Installation instructions

Early versions of the installer required a Windows Genuine Advantage check. The later IE 7 installer for Windows XP should work fine on any XP installation.

Product type
Application Web Browser
Vendor
Microsoft
Release date
2006
User interface
GUI
Platform
Windows
Download count
118 (4 for release)

Downloads

Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5112.0) (beta1) 7.0.5112 Prerelease English 10.65MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5296.0) (beta2 preview) 7.0.5296.0 Prerelease English 11.95MB 1
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5335.5) (beta2 preview refresh) 7.0.5335.5 Prerelease English 11.86MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5346.5) (beta2) 7.0.5346.5 Prerelease English 12.65MB 1
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5346.5) (beta2) [German] 7.00.5346.5 Prerelease German 12.68MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5346.5) (beta2) [German] 7.0.5346.5 Prerelease German 12.68MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5450.4) (beta3) 7.0.5450.4 Prerelease English 13.25MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5450.4) (beta3) [German] 7.00.5450.4 Prerelease German 13.28MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5450.4) (beta3) [German] 7.0.5450.4 Prerelease German 13.28MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5700.6) (rc1) 7.0.5700.6 Prerelease English 15.45MB 2

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