Run Internet Explorer 7 Without Installing It

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If you want just to try the new features of IE7 without installing it, read this guide.

Note:To run Internet Explorer 7, you need Windows XP SP2.

Step 1 Download Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 (11.9 MB) from here . You shouldn't try this with the latest IE7 Beta 3.

Step 2 With WinRar (get a free trial here) extract the files from the setup to a folder like C:Program FilesIE7.

Step 3 With notepad, create a new file named ie7.bat in that folder, and copy the code below (courtesy of Jon Galloway):

@ECHO OFF TITLE IE7 Launcher 1.4 ECHO IE7 STANDALONE LAUNCHER 1.4 ECHO Updated for IE7 Beta 2 Preview ECHO. ECHO Do not close this window or it will not clean up after itself properly. ECHO You can pass a URL into this batch file, like this: ECHO ie7.bat ECHO. ECHO When you close IE7, this will remove the registry key and shut itself down. ECHO. ECHO Setting up IE7 for standalone mode... PUSHD %~dp0 ECHO Removing IE7 registry key and set the version vector to "7.0000".


%TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg ECHO. %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg ECHO [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{C90250F3-4D7D-4991-9B69-A5C5BC1C2AE6}] %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg ECHO [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{000214E5-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}] %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg ECHO [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerVersion Vector] %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg ECHO "IE"="7.0000" %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg ECHO. :: Merge the REG file to delete the IE7 standalone entry REGEDIT /S %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg REN SHLWAPI.DLL SHLWAPI.DLL.BAK TYPE NUL > IEXPLORE.exe.local ECHO Running IE7... iexplore.exe "%1" :: Merge the REG file to delete the IE7 standalone entry REGEDIT /S %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg :: Delete the temporary REG file DEL %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg ECHO Removing IE7 standalone files... REN SHLWAPI.DLL.BAK SHLWAPI.DLL DEL IEXPLORE.exe.local :: Set the old version vector "6.0000". %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg ECHO REGEDIT4 %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg ECHO. %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg ECHO [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerVersion Vector] %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg ECHO "IE"="6.0000" %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg ECHO. REGEDIT /S %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg DEL %TEMP%.IE7Fix.reg POPD ECHO Complete, closing...

Step 4 In the same folder, create a new file ie7.vbs with this code: Set oShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") oShell.Run "ie7.bat", 0, True

Step 5 Create a shortcut on the desktop to ie7.vbs. Change the icon of the shortcut to one from IE7's iexplore.exe.

Step 6 Go to the subfolder update and run xmllitesetup.exe (this way, IE7 will have tabs). Now you have a standalone Internet Explorer 7 that runs along with Internet Explorer 6. You can launch IE7 from the shortcut you've created on the desktop.