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. rob said on August 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    i just now built a new computer with win7 home premium x64 sp1 and with an AMD phenom II x4 965 quad core processor – is the assumption that with win7 home premium the XP mode is NOT running and must be manually enabled? or is there a way to tell if this computer supports hardware virtualization and/or if it is running XP mode before trying to go through the steps in the article?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      Is not XP Mode only available to Pro and Ultimate versions?

      1. rob said on August 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm

        so you’re saying that it’s different than ‘compatibility mode’ in the context menu… ok.

      2. Brian said on August 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm

        Good question! Fortunately, the author provides a clue:

        “Even though this is true, this will not work with Windows 7 Home version. You will need Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate for this to work.”

    2. rob said on August 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      my first time with win7, i know absolutely nothing about it.

  2. Jack said on August 30, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Or to put it another way…

    Microsoft have – generously and out of the goodness of their hearts – provided a seriously useful feature…

    …that won’t run on 75% of Windows7 installations.

    Gee, thanks…

    1. Swapnil said on August 31, 2011 at 7:29 am

      Windows XP Mode was made for businesses that relied on applications that won’t work with Windows 7. Since Microsoft recommends Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate for business and Windows XP Mode was also targeted at businesses, Microsoft limited Windows XP Mode only to Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise. Windows 7 Ultimate is supported as it’s the edition that has and supports all features and things offered to Windows 7 editions. Windows 7 Enterprise is again for large businesses.

  3. André said on September 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    the text is so badly written.

    XP Mode only works for Windows 7 Prof, Enterprise and Ultimate because they only have the License property set to run XPMode:


    But you can run VirtualPC on all other editions except Starter because only Starter doesn’t have the License property set to run VirtualPC:


    Next the VT requirement was removed with update KB977206. This fix is included in the refresh Installer of VirtualPC you can get here:


    Now you can run VPC on systems without VT support. And if you use Win7 Home Premium, install VirtualPC and install Windows XP as VM with your old XP license/CD.

  4. Astara W. said on March 3, 2021 at 2:52 am

    Even if you have bought the license and have installed Win7 Ultimate, MS won’t allow you to download purchased features for Win 7 anymore. So unless someone has the download for this, they won’t be able to install this SW past the MS-expiration date.

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