Internet Explorer 7

Internet Explorer is Microsoft's venture into the Web Browser market. The initial version of Explorer was incarnated from Spyglass Mosaic which Microsoft licensed for a modest quarterly fee and a share of the non-Windows product revenues. As Microsoft decided to distribute Internet Explorer "free of charge" with their Windows operating system, they were able to avoid most royalties. This resulted in a lawsuit and a US$8 million settlement in January 1997. Being included in Windows since Windows 95 and beyond, it quickly overtook Netscape in the first Browser War and retained ~95% of market share until the early 2000's when popular alternative browsers such as Mozilla Firefox came to market sparking the 2nd browser war. Internet Explorer was long known for disobeying set web standards by the W3C until version 9 when Microsoft took a new commitment to HTML5 and web standards.

Internet Explorer 7 shipped as the browser for Windows Vista and was made available for Windows XP with service pack 2 or 3. IE 7 discontinued support for Windows 2000 or earlier with Microsoft citing required security API improvements that were not available in prior systems.

Installation instructions

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

Product type
Application Web Browser
Vendor
Microsoft
Release date
2005
User interface
GUI
Platform
Windows

Downloads

Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5112.0) (beta1) 7.0.5112 Prerelease False x86 Archive 10.65MB
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5296.0) (beta2 preview) 7.0.5296.0 Prerelease False x86 Archive 11.95MB
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5335.5) (beta2 preview refresh) 7.0.5335.5 Prerelease False x86 Archive 11.86MB
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5346.5) (beta2) 7.0.5346.5 Prerelease False x86 Archive 12.65MB
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5346.5) (beta2) [German] 7.00.5346.5 Prerelease False x86 Archive 12.68MB
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5346.5) (beta2) [German] 7.0.5346.5 Prerelease False x86 Archive 12.68MB
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5450.4) (beta3) 7.0.5450.4 Prerelease False x86 Archive 13.25MB
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5450.4) (beta3) [German] 7.00.5450.4 Prerelease False x86 Archive 13.28MB
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5450.4) (beta3) [German] 7.0.5450.4 Prerelease False x86 Archive 13.28MB
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5700.6) (rc1) 7.0.5700.6 Prerelease False x86 Archive 15.45MB