Internet Explorer can be yanked from Windows 7

Microsoft is giving users the option to remove Internet Explorer 8 from the latest leaked build of Windows 7, according to reports.

Microsoft has long insisted that Internet Explorer is an integral part of the operating system that couldn’t be removed without harming Windows.

However, build 7048 provides the option to kill Internet Explorer 8 in the new Turn Windows Features On or Off menu, according to the Aero Experience blog.

The blog notes that “this only seems to wipe the actual executable”.

“In addition, this actually takes two reboots and a configuration step to complete, so there’s definitely something going on behind the scenes (likely a remapping of where IE-related functions can be found for other elements in Windows so that Windows doesn’t complain about IE’s nonexistence),” the blog adds.

The move could be enough to appease the EU, which has charged Microsoft with harming competition by bundling Internet Explorer with Windows.

Microsoft itself has admitted that it may be forced to offer alternative browsers during the Windows installation process – this new feature suggests that Microsoft is preparing for such an eventuality in Windows 7.

The company is expected to unveil the Release Candidate of Windows 7 next month, so we’ll soon know if Microsoft is serious about removing its browser.

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