Update: Please note that Microsoft made last-minute modifications to Windows 7. The operating system shipped with a browser ballot in Europe that allowed users from the EU to select and install one out of several web browsers that Microsoft made available to them in the ballot application.
The offer to order Internet Explorer on CD or DVD has expired as a consequence. Another reason why IE8 is not offered anymore is that Microsoft has released several updated versions of the browser. Those are however not available for order as well.
If your connection is really slow, it is suggested to either ask a friend or colleague to do the download for you, or, if you are using a laptop, to connect to a free Wifi and use it to download the browser. End
One of the few problems that European customers may experience after buying Microsoft's upcoming operating system Windows 7 is the lack of a Internet browser.
The European version of Windows 7 ships without Microsoft's Internet Explorer which in turn means that European customers need to find a way to install a web browser without Internet.
This also causes a few follow-up problems like having to do a clean install of the operating system as an update from Windows Vista is not possible with the European version of Windows 7.
There are a few options that European customers have to get a web browser. They can download one from another computer system, start the computer from a Live CD and move a web browser to a removable device, buy a computer magazine that comes with a web browser or order Internet Explorer right from Microsoft.
Amazon customers can add Internet Explorer 8 to their shopping cart for about 4 Euro. It is also possible to buy Internet Explorer directly from Microsoft for roughly the same price. Customers who want to order Internet Explorer directly from Microsoft can visit the website that is offering information about Windows 7 in Europe and options to either download or order Internet Explorer 8.
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