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IE 7 will no longer require WGA validation

Internet Explorer 7 will be made available to all users, according to Microsoft. The installation will no longer require that a system is first validated through Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA).

Internet Explorer 7 will be made available to all users on the Windows platform -- even if it is pirated, according to Microsoft. The installation will no longer require that a system is first validated through Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA).

Program manager Steve Reynolds, told eWEEK:

Microsoft takes its commitment to help protect the entire Windows ecosystem seriously, and we're taking a step to help make consumers safer online. We feel the security enhancements to Internet Explorer 7 are significant enough that it should be available as broadly as possible, and this means making it available to all users of IE 7-compatible Windows operating systems.

The company explained that this move stems from the fact that a single user not using the security enhancements provided in IE 7 is sufficient to put the entire network at risk.

The update has been available since October 4. You can download Internet Explorer from the Internet Explorer home page.

In addition, a new MSI installer that "simplifies deployment for IT administrators in enterprise," has been included. You can find the download for the Internet Explorer 7 Administration Kit here.

Do you think Microsoft is simply trying to garner more users to its Internet Explorer browser?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

11 comments
DanLM
DanLM

Stability is what I'm asking about most. Does it lock up a lot? When it does lock up, does it still take out windows explorer? That's actually why I switched to FireFox. But, I'm starting to get irked with FireFox also. It seems to be blowing chunks a lot on me lately. On a regular basis as a matter of fact. Just asking. Dan

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

annoyed with both firefox and IE. Firefox is starting to suffer from performance bloat or something..its not as stable or fast as it use to be...I am currently looking for a new browser.

DanLM
DanLM

Takes forever to load and I don't run that many bloody plug ins. I ended up installing IE 7, and so far it's not bad. But, I was a happy camper when I first loaded FireFox years ago. And now I think it's just as bad as IE 6. So, I'm not getting my hopes up at all on this one. Oh well, thanks for the followup. Dan

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

is it really depends on if its on XP or Vista. On XP, its not that much more secure then IE6, but on Vista, it can be set up to run with least priv needed, as well as sandboxed. In which case, on Vista, I would use IE. As for stability, all web browsers have been about the same to me in terms of crashes, I really can't say this has been a problem. But then I am fairly conservative in my browsing habits. I have had problems with comnpatibility between several pdf files and some java applications in IE7. And I had to use firefox to download exchange from the MS Open License site, as IE7 did not want to work with their download manager or java apps...

paulmah
paulmah

Do you think Microsoft is simply trying to garner more users to its Internet Explorer browser?

shardeth-15902278
shardeth-15902278

beware of geeks bearing gifts...

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I'm for voting shardeth off the cyber-island.

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

think I can go as far as saying I loved it.... but coffee did shoot out of my nose when I read it....

shardeth-15902278
shardeth-15902278

Besides, I'm a lousy swimmer, you can't kick me off the island...

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

if I should groan and fall over, or cheer you on for seeing and taking such a great opportunity...

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