With an announcement on the Internet Explorer Facebook Page (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/internetexplorer), Microsoft has now released Internet Explorer 10 for those on Windows 7.
As noted in a post on Microsoft MSDN (http://blogs NULL.msdn NULL.com/b/ie/archive/2013/02/26/ie10-for-windows-7-globally-available-for-consumers-and-businesses NULL.aspx)
Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 can be downloaded in either 64 bit or 32 bit versions (Check you computer Control Panel –> System to see which version of Windows you are running (http://windows NULL.microsoft NULL.com/en-us/windows7/find-out-32-or-64-bit)) and comes in 95 languages. With this final release, IE10 brings the same leading standards support, with improved performance, security, privacy, reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8, to Windows 7 customers.
Requirement for Internet Explorer 10
- Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows RT (Sorry if you still run Vista or XP you are out of luck)
- 1 GB of Ram for 32 bit Windows or 2 GB of Ram for 64 bit Windows (If your pc is on Windows 7 you should have more than this)
- 16 GB for 32 bit Windows or 20 GB of Ram for 64 bit Windows of Hard Disk Space
There are a few other requirements that Microsoft lists like having Internet Access, but keep in mind that if you didn’t have internet access on your pc, you wouldn’t be reading this at the moment, would you.
For a (very) small number of users that are concerned upgrading to Internet Explorer 10 will causing problems with some custom program that you are running (Usually a Business, Accounting, or Point of Sale program), Microsoft has released an upgrade block tool that you can use to keep Windows from automatically upgrading your computer. If you need to block the upgrade you can download the Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 10 (http://www NULL.microsoft NULL.com/en-us/download/details NULL.aspx?id=36512) from Microsoft.
I know some users live by their Chrome or Firefox browsers. They here Internet Explorer and cringe, however, even if you DO NOT USE Internet Explorer as your browser of choice, you should update your pc to Internet Explorer 10. The reason is the additional security updates and measures Internet Explorer has built into it. Most viruses (malware) these days don’t infect your pc through the program you are running, they infect your pc because they scan it and try to find other programs that are installed (even programs they you may have never used before) and try to find vulnerabilities that will let them in. Just think of it this way, you don’t always go in and out of the back door of your house, but you do lock it when ever you leave your house. Having vulnerable programs installed on your machine, even programs that you never use, is like leaving the back door to your house unlocked.
Downloading Internet Explorer 10
You could just wait for it to automatically update over the next couple of weeks, or if you don’t want to wait go to the Internet Explorer 10 Download Page (http://windows NULL.microsoft NULL.com/en-us/internet-explorer/downloads/ie-10/worldwide-languages).
Source: IE10 For Windows 7 Picture via Internet Explorer Facebook Page (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/internetexplorer)