December 13, 2006
Internet Explorer 7--Coming Soon

On December 19th, Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) will be approved for installation via Automatic Updates for Windows XP computers.

What does this mean?

  • Windows XP computers that are part of the domain will receive IE7 as part of an automatic noon update after December 19th. For many staff this will be noon on December 20th, but could be later depending when your computer downloads the update.

  • As with other updates, once completed you will see a message prompting you to reboot your computer. (NOTE: You can temporarily ignore this message until it is more convenient to reboot by dragging the Automatic Update reboot prompt out of the way.)

  • The first time you run Internet Explorer after rebooting you will see a 'Welcome to Internet Explorer' screen. You can either review some of the new features or proceed to your regular home page.

  • IE6 will be replaced by IE7. Your Favorites will remain intact. You will have the same functionality you had in IE6 plus additional features such as tabbed browsing and integrated search.

If you want to install IE7 before December 19th, download the installer and run it while logged on as administrator.

I'll be making several more posts between now and December 19th illustrating some of the new 'look and feel' of IE7 as well as new features.

We have been testing IE7 for several months and have found the upgrade to be reasonably trouble-free. Because Microsoft is packaging this as part of its Automatic Updates, continuing to use IE6 is not an option--the update will happen automatically.

If you have a specific concern about this upgrade, contact the Extension IT Support Hotline with your questions (515-294-1725).

Posted by dcoates at December 13, 2006 02:48 PM
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