Microsoft: IE 8 Release Candidate won't install on Windows 7

Microsoft: IE 8 Release Candidate won't install on Windows 7

Summary: Windows 7 testers won't be able to install Microsoft's near-final Release Candidate (RC) test build of Internet Explorer (IE) 8 -- a limitation Microsoft is acknowledging and saying is by design.

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Windows 7 testers won't be able to install Microsoft's near-final Release Candidate (RC) test build of Internet Explorer (IE) 8 -- a limitation Microsoft is acknowledging and saying is by design.

The IE 8 RC is expected to be downloadable by the public any day now. Earlier this month, Microsoft made available to the public the (only expected) public beta of Windows 7.

An eagle-eyed blogging chum of mine spotted this tweet (from a freelance writer/editor colleague of mine) over the weekend:

Microsoft: IE 8 Release Candidate won’t install on Windows 7

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the tweet from writer Robert Vamosi was, indeed, accurate. Her e-mailed statement in response to my query:

"It's not really a 'won't work' issue as much as a 'won't install issue' since it is a beta and the goal is to get feedback on the Windows 7 beta itself.  (Here's info on the IE build that's in Win7 beta.)"

The version of IE 8 that is part of the Windows 7 beta is an interim beta release and is not the equivalent of the forthcoming RC.

Microsoft officials have said the company is planning to deliver one more public test build of IE 8 (the aforementioned RC) before releasing the final version of IE 8 in calendar 2009.

The RC build of IE 8 is going to include new compatibility-mode functionality, which will make use of a list of heavily trafficked Web sites that don't work properly with the default standards mode in IE 8, and thus will default to compatibility mode with no user intervention required.

How/when/if Windows 7 users will get a more recent test build of IE 8 that does work on Win 7 remains to be seen. Microsoft is not sharing more details about that at this time....

Topics: Windows, Browser, Microsoft

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  • LOL :-)

    Presumably the link between the OS and the application is now so tenuous that it is proving difficult to locate ;-)

    ... when found best solve this altogether with a REMOVE INTERNET EXPLORER button or perhaps a radio button offering:

    CHROME
    SAFARI
    OPERA
    or some such

    ... or else the EU commission might ask for some of those precious $$s encore une fois.
    jacksonjohn
  • Your title is wrong

    You should say "IE8 RC won't install on Windows 7 BETA". Please stop those stupid titles just to get better stats... BTW it seems you have a problem with Microsoft those days !
    ramooon
  • It makes sense

    You have beta softawre running on top of beta software, if there's an issue, which one to you look at first? Does the problem lie in Windows or IE8.
    John Zern
  • IE8

    I long and pray for the day when IE 8 will be
    competitive against Chrome and Firefox.

    I havent used IE consistently since release 5.x.
    Unfortunately, IE seems to be the little engine that
    just couldn't.

    I pray IE 8 changes this.

    Onuora
    http://www.windows7update.com
    http://www.windows-vista-update.com
    Ammalgam
  • Wow?

    IE8 new virus features...
    Christian_<><
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    David Grober
  • IE 8

    Probably a good thing.

    However, one thing to note is that most people who are testing Windows 7 are also Testing IE 8.

    It would be convienant to be able to test both at the same time.
    alamfour
    • Exactly right

      It would have been better if they had separated IE from Windows 7, and made it so that you could install the release candidate on it.
      Lerianis
  • Windows 7 refuses to install IE8?

    Perhaps the Windows 7 developers have finally taken security issues more seriously. It's a good first step, keep it up guys.
    kozmcrae
  • Sounds like PeeWee Herman - "I meant to do that!"

    "a limitation Microsoft is acknowledging and saying is by design."

    And PeeWee fully intended to wreck his bicycle.....
    fastlane65
    • Would you test one beta program

      by running another beta program on it?

      It does not make much sense. If there is an issue, at which end do you begin to look?
      GuidingLight
      • An RC is not exactly Beta

        It is as close to a 'final release' as you can get without having that final release, and usually has VERY few changes.
        Lerianis
      • Windows 7 Beta already has IE 8 Beta installed...

        nt
        DevJonny
      • but ........

        you already are testing a beta program on a beta platform. Have you all forgotten that IE8 in Win7 beta is itself a beta?
        goldenpirate@...
  • More MS rubberbands to break, and why???

    "The RC build of IE 8 is going to include new compatibility-mode functionality, which will make use of a list of heavily trafficked Web sites that don???t work properly with the default standards mode in IE 8, and thus will default to compatibility mode with no user intervention required."

    Will we ever be able to tell our computers what we want them to do? Why 2 modes, why a list, what happens if a site changes. What a cluster ****.

    Why I hate Windows is that it does what it wants, not what I want. Open the pod bay doors Hal!
    LittleGuy
    • I would expect...

      ...that the list would be located on the internet and updateable. Much like antivirus signatures, but don't take my word for it, it's just my expectation.

      A quick way would probably be to install fiddler (http://www.fiddler2.com/fiddler2/) and monitor the IE 8 internet traffic to see if it does just that. Make sure to run it elevated on Vista.

      My two cents...
      PollyProteus
    • Unbreakable Rubberbands !!

      You don't have to use Windows, or do you - although it's not easy to say "so get a different job" today.


      Where does one get unbreakable rubber bands anyway:-)
      RightPaddock
  • Shock and Horror

    What about Skype 4.0, Google Talk 1.0, Thunderbird 3.0, XNView MP, do they run on Win7?

    The IE8 dev team is not significantly more distant from the Win7 dev team than is the Skype 4.0 or Thunderbird 3.0 teams. The IE8 guys would be 110% focused on getting it released for Win 5 & 6; and they already have a one moving target, the W3C standards, so they can do without a 2nd, i.e. Win7.
    RightPaddock
    • Thunderbird works on Win 7 beta

      so does the rest of my software but not AOL or AIM they don't recognize the version of Windows and won't install. I am using it on my main laptop for work and home and so far accept for those two programs everything else ran on and is fine. As betas go and I have done a lot this one is the least problematic I have ever used.
      Northlite
  • RE: Microsoft: IE 8 Release Candidate won't install on Windows 7

    I think I'll stick with vista and ie7 seeing it got the darn thing to work good enough. Let's see what the muckers, hackers, & ect. do with the new targets before we dive in.
    bobmatch@...