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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product at a great price, 15 July 2009
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Full Version (PC DVD), 1 User (CD-ROM)
At first I was a little unsure. Amongst the forums I frequent there has been a lot of buzz over Windows 7; but having seen many failed attempts by Microsoft in the past (having grown up using MS DOS) I was more than a little dubious.

However, after using the release candidate for a month now I can say I was being dubious over nothing.

The interface is very clean and simple, with many of the "errors" of Vista having been corrected. There are a few items which are now harder to find, but these almost don't matter in comparison to the positive changes Microsoft have made. An example is user account control. Now I typically would turn this off in Vista, simply because the prompts are too intrusive and frequent, and turning it off is not really a good idea in terms of security. Well in windows 7 you have more control over how frequently it alerts you of things. However, I have not changed this at all, as it now appears it is more "intelligent", and even leaving it at "out of the box" setup, it provides just the right level of prompts.

If you can afford this, then I'd highly recommend it. Especially if you manage to grab a copy whilst Microsoft are offering it at half price. Be warned though, that due to recent legislation changes in Europe, this version will not come with Internet Explorer (or any web browser). Make sure you download your chosen browser before upgrading your existing operating system.
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Initial post: 15 Jul 2009 20:29:34 BDT
DrG says:
Can you use Windows update to get IE without a having a browser?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2009 02:07:03 BDT
J. Webb says:
You can use windows update without a browser, but I think the legislation that has stopped Microsoft including internet explorer will also prevent them offering it in a windows update unless you have already installed it. To me it seems like a crazy move; all those people that are going to be confused when they can't go online to even get a browser in the first place.

Posted on 6 Aug 2009 00:48:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Aug 2009 00:49:01 BDT
After you complete a clean install any version of Windows 7 E you will be prompted to choose a browser from a list of the usual suspects (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc) so no need to download it first or put it on a memory stick.

Posted on 14 Apr 2010 08:33:30 BDT
Chris Wood says:
The plan to offer Windows without a browser (in Europe) was shelved in favour of a "ballot" dialog giving the user a browser choice, so it always gets shipped with IE - you just don't use it if you don't want to.
Whilst it's true that windows update via the Windows Update website only works with IE, updating via the Automatic Updates mechanism (where there are options as to what "automatic" means) does not use or require IE, and this is probably the way most users update their Windows systems now.
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