Lots of people said Internet Explorer Beta 3 would not be released until August… they were wrong!!!!
Yes, you will still have to go through Windows validation, and the Malicious Software Removal Tool is run as part of the installation. Also, required updates will be installed.
Please note that this build is intended for technical enthusiasts. Be aware that *I* expect you to be ready, willing and able to reformat your system if things go wrong – therefore, if you come to the groups and say “IE7 killed my machine but I have no backup and can’t reformat, I hate Microsoft” you won’t be getting much in the way of sympathy from me ;o)
This upgrade to Internet Explorer 7 focuses primarily on bug and compatibility issues and is currently available in English for XP SP2, x64 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 on June 26, 2006. Other languages are to come soon (German, Japanese, Finnish & Arabic).
Uninstallation instructions – these are quite different to what has gone before.
IE7 Beta 3 creates this directory:
In that directory is an spuninst folder. Inside that folder is spuninst.exe as well as a very interesting document called spuninst.txt which details exactly what will be deleted and replaced with older copies during uninstall of IE7 Beta 3.
Now, in the past some have offered their own copies of the uninstall directory when others have foolishly deleted their own copies, or third party software has done it for them. But be warned, there is more to removing IE7 Beta 3 than just that directory. A directory called C:\WINDOWS\$hf_mig$ is also edited/created during the installation of IE7 Beta 3, and it is full of various security update folders. The potential for damage if you take somebody else’s C:\Windowsie7beta3 and install it on your own system to remove the beta is incalculable. On my system $NtUninstallKB915865$ and $NtUninstallKB904942$ were also created/updated.
There are a few changes on the surface, mostly cosmetic, but one BIGGIE!!! We can now drag tabs into different positions. And, we can add an email button to the toolbar.
In a pristine installation, Windows Live Search is the only provider now, not MSN Search.
The only pre-populated RSS fees are the Internet Explorer team blog, and Microsoft Feeds. Also, the Favorites icon has changed slightly – don’t like that very much. The page button icon has also changed.
There will be unlimited phone support for the USA, Germany and Japan.
RSS change: “Automatically mark feed as read when reading a feed” has been added.
The text in the new tab window has changed slightly..
I’ve decided my karma must be very bad… IE7 Beta 2 was released while I was in transit from Code Camp (and broke www.ie-vista.com).. now, IE7 Beta 3 is released while my laptop, on which my life is stored (including my ability to update my web sites) is at Hewlett Packard Hospital for repairs [:(]