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 8 July 2006, Vol 9 No. 14

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Windows XP Hacks, Second Edition ($18.87)

Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Internet Explorer 7 Last Thursday, June 29, Microsoft released Beta 3 of Internet Explorer 7.

This beta version is available for Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, and Windows Server 2003 Itanium Edition.

System Requirements

Microsoft lists the following minimum system requirements your computer needs to run Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2:

  • Computer/Processor: Computer with a 233MHz processor or higher (Pentium processor recommended)
  • Memory: 64 MB of RAM minimum
  • Hard Disk space: Full install size: 12 MB
  • Display: Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor with 256 colors

You can get more information on Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 Web site, where you also find the download links. You should take a moment to read the release notes, it lists a number of issues that have been encountered so far.


WARNING! All the usual warnings about "beta" software apply (including: Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 should not be used on production systems in mission-critical environments).

If you have a previous beta of Internet Explorer 7 installed, you'll have to uninstall this before you can install the new beta 3. To uninstall:

  • Click Add or Remove Programs in Windows Control Panel
  • Scroll down to Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 or Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview, select it, and then click Change/Remove

If not found, check Show updates at the top of the Add or Remove Programs Window, scroll down the list to find Windows XP - Software Updates, then find & select Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview or Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1 and then click Change/Remove.

According to Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager, Microsoft Internet Explorer team, this release is the final beta for IE7. Next up will be the Release Candidates followed by general availability in the second half of the year.

Read my review of Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3.

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Recommended Web sites

Each month we will feature a few Web sites here, ones which sent us the most visitors to our Web site in the previous month. We would encourage you to visit these popular Web sites yourself!

Here are some sites in the Top 15 for June 2006:

  • InformationWeek - News and information resource for information technology professionals and business managers.
  • Virtual Dr. - Support forums for Windows, Macintosh, BeOS, Unix and more.
  • Lockergnome's Tech News Watch - The latest industry headlines, news scoops, reviews, opinions, press releases, virus alerts, security updates, and other time-sensitive information.

The Top 15 sites are listed on our Web site.


Review: Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3

Microsoft has released the third and final beta of Internet Explorer 7, due to be released in a final version later this year.

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Network Diagnostic Tool (KB914440)

The Network Diagnostics tool analyzes information about your network connectivity to help you troubleshoot network-related problems with your computer. For more information about this update, read Microsoft KB Article 914440.

Supported Operating System: Windows XP Service Pack 2

Microsoft Publishes Two New Windows XP Themes

Microsoft added two new Windows XP themes to a number of themes published over the last year for Windows XP users. Both are available in English & French.

Supported Operating System: Windows XP

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Windows Vista Beta 2 Updates

Microsoft have released a number of updates for Windows Vista Beta 2.

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Troubleshooting Windows Explorer Errors

I get messages from people having problems with Windows Explorer crashes on a regular basis. In a lot of cases, these errors are caused by 3rd party shell extensions that are not functioning properly.

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