As we have repeatedly told readers here on Win10.guru, it’s most definitely time to unplug Windows 7 from life support and let it die, and time to upgrade to Windows 10. Some hard-core users, as well as businesses relying on legacy software running on Windows 7 will hang on, and continue life support against the patient’s own will. Even some services are hanging onto the distant past, and still require Internet Explorer to work.
For such users, I have some bad news to share: Windows 7 no longer supports Internet Explorer. Here’s a direct quote from Microsoft Support:
If you’re running Windows 7, the latest version of Internet Explorer that you can install is Internet Explorer 11. However, Internet Explorer 11 is no longer supported on Windows 7. Instead, we recommend you install the new Microsoft Edge. The new Microsoft Edge was built to bring you the best of the web, with more control and more privacy as you browse.
Fortunately, Microsoft didn’t end the Internet Explorer support before they released the newest Microsoft Edge Chromium browser. Its IE Mode fully supports sites requiring Internet Explorer.
To use IE Mode in the new Edge, type the following text in its address bar and hit Enter:
From there, you can set IE Mode to be always on, on if a site requires Internet Explorer, or disable it:
I have two sites I regularly visit in my native Finland that still require Internet Explorer — namely, a family forum and a genealogy site. Both have no rendering or any other issues in new Edge in IE Mode. Both fail miserably in Chrome, Firefox and Opera.
It really is time to upgrade to Windows 10, and to new Microsoft Edge.
Some related Win10.guru stories:
– Windows 7 Countdown has started – Upgrade Now!
– Windows 7 users – it’s time to upgrade. It’s still free!
– Enterprises and Windows 7 End of Life
– Windows 7 users: Windows 10 – Test & Try with No Risk, No Install
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.