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Windows 7 Has Secret 'Off' Switch for Internet Explorer

Submitted by: Jinzo @ 03:23 AM | Monday, March 9, 2009 | (url: http://www.foxnew...)

It appears that you can disable IE in windows now to combat the EU's anti trust againist Microsoft.


03-09-09 - 07:14 AM
AFAIK its not just for internet explorer. You can turn off pretty much everything
03-09-09 - 09:18 PM
It's about as secret as the user is ignorant.
03-10-09 - 12:36 AM
It's not "secret", and the functionality is probably mostly intended for OEMs. Power users will find it if they want it. It makes sense if it's not too easy for newbs to hit.
03-10-09 - 05:21 AM
How about an uninstall button instead.
03-10-09 - 08:30 PM
Because even then the EU would still bitch about it.
03-11-09 - 12:16 AM
Originally posted by ?B-MAN  
How about an uninstall button instead.
This is just about as good. Unlike current kernel models, this actually blocks the IE section from even loading. Its just staged files on the hard drive at that point, saves the trouble of reinstalling (lol) from disc at any point.
Wonder how all these shitty developers that rely on the integrated IE to power some of their software will work around this.
03-11-09 - 10:15 AM
I have to use IE for a few things in my network (Shoretel administration), so I leave it installed.
03-12-09 - 09:03 AM
Windows XP will be the last version of Windows that I use for a while.
03-12-09 - 08:30 PM
Originally posted by Dark Volcanic  
Wonder how all these shitty developers that rely on the integrated IE to power some of their software will work around this.


What's so horrible about using the engine? I mean, if I want something reasonable that uses HTML (like, say, what Steam does), and it's in the OS already, why the fuck not?
03-15-09 - 01:52 AM
Originally posted by Hurricane Harold  
What's so horrible about using the engine? I mean, if I want something reasonable that uses HTML (like, say, what Steam does), and it's in the OS already, why the fuck not?


Because of situations like this. What happens now that the system is no longer using it as a part of the merged OS. Your program is now broken.

Instead, you should be able to make use of a distributable library to run with your program. Duh.

Also, go go exploits.
03-25-09 - 12:13 AM
Originally posted by Dark Volcanic  
Because of situations like this. What happens now that the system is no longer using it as a part of the merged OS. Your program is now broken.

Instead, you should be able to make use of a distributable library to run with your program. Duh.

Also, go go exploits.


Expecting developers to bring their own everything takes you back to DOS. Again, I don't see what's so horrible about this. I can use a distributable library instead of DirectShow, I can draw my own widgets, I can distribute my own audio driver for shits and giggles. But it's in the OS, so why not?

And exploits? Seriously? I'm not talking about using it as a full-fledged browser.

I'm just finding it difficult to tell why you think this is horrible. It is a potentially stupid thing to do if cross-platform development is in the books, I'll give you that.
04-27-09 - 11:17 PM
Windows versions are like movie sequels. The second one always sucks, the third usually does too, so, Win7, like Vista, will blow ass. Wait for the next and keep using XP.
04-28-09 - 01:40 AM
I've been relatively pleased with windows 7 so far especially compared to vista. XP is still probably the best option but in terms of having a more modern OS windows 7 hasn't given me much trouble. The blatant rip off of the OSX toolbar along the bottom is useful as well. :shrug:
05-08-09 - 09:28 AM
Originally posted by Dumpy Dooby  
Windows XP will be the last version of Windows that I use for a while.
You're so edgy. Fight the man, dude.

Welcome to like 3 years ago when it was cool to say that.
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