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Internet Explorer 9 Will Have Windows 7 SP1 Bits

Internet Exporer 9 beta hit the public during the middle of this month, which showed off the new browser's tight integration with Windows 7's newest features.

Last week, a TechNet FAQ stated that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 would be required for the install and operation for the final version of Internet Explorer 9, but that was in error.

Microsoft has updated its FAQ to clarify that, while IE9 does use new OS features that aren't available in the RTM build of Windows 7, the SP1 won't be required. Instead, IE9 will install additional system components that are part of SP1 into the Windows 7 RTM.

From the FAQ:

When Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9, will it require Windows 7 Service Pack 1?No. Internet Explorer 9 will install on systems that have either Windows 7 RTM or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed. When you install Internet Explorer 9 on a system that has Windows 7 RTM installed, additional operating system components are included as part of the installation of Internet Explorer 9. When you install Internet Explorer 9 on a system that has Windows 7 SP1 installed, these additional components are already present with Windows 7 SP1, and do not need to be reinstalled when you install Internet Explorer 9. For this reason, a system reboot is not required when you install Internet Explorer 9 on a system that has Windows 7 SP1 installed.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Regulas
    ZZZzzz
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  • azz156
    why would you not update to sp1....
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  • randomizer
    azz156why would you not update to sp1....Possibly because you've already installed all the updates that it contains.
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  • puscifer919
    RegulasZZZzzzSeconded. Who gives a crap, ah? Pfft. Boring. Get a real browser. Get a real OS for that matter.
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  • mister g
    Who cares if it needs a reboot? It just means that when you really download SP1 the entire pack would be a little smaller.
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  • damianrobertjones
    puscifer919Seconded. Who gives a crap, ah? Pfft. Boring. Get a real browser. Get a real OS for that matter.
    Which OS would that be?

    (I'm sitting in a company with over 190 windows pcs and servers and I've got zero problems)

    Comments like yours makes me wonder for the future
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  • randomizer
    mister gWho cares if it needs a reboot? It just means that when you really download SP1 the entire pack would be a little smaller.In this day and age a reboot should not be required for the majority of updates. It certainly shouldn't be forced on you at any rate, which Windows does (less so than it did in XP, but it still does).
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  • jsc
    mister gWho cares if it needs a reboot? It just means that when you really download SP1 the entire pack would be a little smaller.If the Win7 service packs follow the XP pattern, the one to download would be the equivalent of the "IT" version - the one that updates everything. That would be the one size (big) fits all.
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  • bustapr
    azz156why would you not update to sp1....Why would you not buy it for me....
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  • rhino13
    Looking forward to seeing what IE9 can do.
    Microsoft has been doing a lot of good things lately: Windows 7 is great, Office 2009 was a big step forward, and Visual Studio has really always been the defacto standard.
    I just haven't seen the love yet on IE. Maybe this is the year!
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