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Tutorial: How to 'Escape' Internet Explorer 7 (IE7)

Here's an example of the sort of thing I tend to put up at my personal 'tutorials' community (cmc_tutorials)...

How to 'Escape' Internet Explorer 7 (IE7)

As most people know, Internet Explorer 7 is not only out of beta -- making it the most current version of IE -- but it's also pushed on us as part of the Automatic Updates system!

So what do you do if you've tried version 7 and decided you don't like it?

Well, you can easily uninstall it by using the Add/Remove Programs that's located in Control Panel. After you do this, your system will automatically revert back to IE6.

But here's the rub! If you do remove IE7, the (damn) Automatic Updates will now nag you to install it (which means to actually reinstall it) all the time!

Don't be tempted to turn off your updates just to avoid this annoyance -- you don't want to miss other important updates. There are a couple of options you can try, instead...

First, you can always get the 'Internet Explorer 7 Blocker Toolkit' directly from Microsoft. It's located HERE. (Once you run it, Automatic Updates will no longer suggest 'updating' to IE7.)

But I read that the blocker toolkit was an 'awkward little script' that created a simple Registry tweak. Guess what? You might as well try to 'tweak' the Registry yourself!

Never done this before? No worries! It's not as hard as you think it is...

First, copy the following three lines into Notepad -- or any other TEXT-format software. REMEMBER: You shouldn't use Word or another word processing software for this purpose! I'd suggest you highlight, Copy and Paste -- so you don't miss anything that you need:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Setup\7.0

Please note that the second line is word-wrapped -- it starts with HKEY and ends with 7.0. (If you add a break in there it's NOT going to work. Again, Copy and Paste to avoid errors!)

Next SAVE this file with the name "BlockIE7.reg" (be sure to INCLUDE the quotation marks!!!). Save it somewhere you can easily locate it. I've made a subfolder inside My Documents where I keep any Registry TWEAKS -- so you can do the same if you wish.

Now you simply have to locate the file you just saved. (If you've put it somewhere special, that won't be a problem for you!) I'm old-fashioned and still tend to use Windows Explorer to hunt for my folders and files. But whatever method works for you is fine by me!

When you locate the file, simply double-click it. REMEMBER: You don't want to do this until AFTER you've uninstalled Internet Explorer 7!

Again, you double-click the file -- then answer 'Yes' at the prompt.

That's all there is to it! Now IE7 prompts won't bother you in the future.

NOTE: If you later decide you do want to install verison 7, all you have to do is EDIT the file you just made. Change the final 1 to 0 (in the last line). Then once again do the 'double-click' routine to launch it.

Hey! Isn't it interesting?

I mean, first Microsoft creates version 7 of Internet Explorer and attempts to pretty well copy what competitors (like Firefox, Netscape and others) have already done. Okay, I suppose that's a good thing -- it was about time they offered tabbed browsing (among other changes)!

But it really bugs me that they made this part of the Automatic Updates! How annoying is that?

Then they're forced to create a way to block that update -- clearly because so many people HATE version 7 of IE! (That tells us something, doesn't it?)

My God, the arrogance of Microsoft simply never fails to amaze me...

Oh. For the record, I rarely ever use Internet Explorer myself. I haven't used it much for several years now. I just never liked it much...

But you know, I never used to use Firefox much, either! However, recently I've found myself pretty well 'hooked' by a couple of the EXTENSIONS (plugins) that are available for Firefox! (The ImageShack toolbar is a perfect example of a great plugin!)

(Yes, I'm still a fan of some other IE clones, but I'm using these less frequently now...)

I guess I'm saying you should give Firefox a whirl, especially if you've never tried it before. (Just click the link to go and download!)


I tend to have numerous browsers loaded on my computer, even if I don't use them very often. I like to check webpages in multiple browsers, knowing that people don't all use the same one, after all. (I just think that's a courtesy that a webmaster should always attempt...)
Tags: 2007, firefox, may-2007, registry-tweak

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