Order Internet Explorer 8 On CD

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 16, 2009
Updated • Jun 6, 2014
Internet Explorer, Windows 7

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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  1. AMIT said on February 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    What a website.wow,

  2. Kai said on July 17, 2009 at 9:38 am

    The bottom line is that the EU Comission is stupid. IMO, Microsoft has the right to do whatever they want with their own software. Besides, ordinary people will still use IE anyway.

  3. Antony said on July 17, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Yet Microsoft was told that the monopolistic Era has ended and so it had to allow consumers to decide what browser to install but NOT to provide Windows 7 without browser!
    Can you imagine a car being sold without tyres? That’s Windows 7!
    By the way, Microsoft is still dealing with the EU Commission and it might get another “hot bath”.

  4. Paul said on July 17, 2009 at 1:53 am


  5. Mark O'Neill said on July 16, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    That’s ludicrous that Microsoft sells you an operating system and then gives you absolutely no way to go online. I can understand all the EU anti-trust issues and giving people the opportunity to choose their own browser. But how can people choose what browser they want if they can’t go online to get it in the first place?

    They could have just allowed Microsoft to put their browser on with an easy way to uninstall it if the user didn’t want it in the long term. But in the short term, the user is being forced into paying 4 Euros to have the browser on a disk! The cynical part of me thinks that Microsoft is secretly doing this to make more money.

    1. Martin said on July 16, 2009 at 8:27 pm

      The EU actually did not tell Microsoft to remove IE from Windows, that was Microsoft’s response. What the EU had hoped for was that Microsoft would give users more choice (meaning multiple web browsers) which was still a stupid idea in my opinion (because it was about 10 years late among other reasons) and backfired as Microsoft decided to remove IE (and thus every web browser) from the operating system putting European customers in the silly position to purchase an operating system without web browser and without option to upgrade from Vista.

  6. Enigma said on July 16, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    The EU have told MS to remove the browser from all versions of windows 7 pretty much like they told them to remove media player from XP yet was fine for vista?

    If your in the uk The free browser will cost you £3.44 to order the disk.

    Like most, I am wondering how the end user will be able to download a browser with out having one in the first place unless a pop up displays a list of browsers you can download.

  7. Mark O'Neill said on July 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I can currently upgrade to IE8 from the Windows Update website. Is this option not possible with Windows 7?

    What browser is automatically installed with Windows 7? Don’t tell me Microsoft doesn’t install their browser automatically!

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