IE 10 for Windows 7 special Bing and MSN edition

Alan Buckingham
Mar 1, 2013
Updated • Jun 15, 2014
Internet Explorer, Windows 7

Many of us in the tech world use Chrome or Firefox most of the time and we tend to forget that the vast majority of people still use Internet Explorer, largely because it simply comes with Windows. Earlier this week Microsoft finally rolled out IE 10 to Windows 7 users -- something Windows 8 customers have had since launch back in October.

Less attention was paid to a special edition version that also was unveiled this week -- an Internet Explorer for Windows 7 build that is optimized for those who use Bing and MSN.

You may immediately wonder why someone would want this, but once again, I would point out that many customers use these services. Microsoft has pushed this customized IE in previous versions and, apparently, was successful enough to warrant doing it once again with version 10 of the browser.

There really is not much different in this "enhanced" version of Internet Explorer 10. The browser looks and functions just the same as the  "normal" version. The only exception is that it sets Bing as your default search engine and MSN as the default home page.

ie 10 msn bing screenshot While you can always download the "non-enhanced", or the regular, version of IE 10 for Windows 7 and make these changes manually, should you wish you can download this enhanced and optimized version and get the home page and search engine pre-set. If you plan to do this anyway then this will just save you a step.

While I still gravitate to Google in my everyday life, Bing is certainly a search engine worth exploring. The home page is simply beautiful and the results can be every bit as good as those of its rival, and sometimes presented in a better, cleaner way. So, if you have  not yet made the jump to Windows 8 then you will at least want to upgrade to IE 10 because of the improvements and security updates.

Check out our review of the standard version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 here.


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  1. John S said on October 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Like IE 10 enough to stay away from Google Chrome most of the time. Really tired of Google’s privacy issues that keep floating to the surface. Not that I am so paranoid to believe all that Microsoft Scroogled stuff they are putting out. Although its no secret that Google scans your mail to find relavent ads to send your way. Bing works, and it has finally become a player in the search engine field. No slouch in my book and it is worth a try. I married in to Google’s ecosytem at firsts buying a Chromebook (which got lost in repair) a Android phone which I have now replaced with a iPhone. Plus tried all the Google serivices from Gmail, to Google Plus and of course Google Play. Many are hits with some misses and none of them are so good they cannot be easily replaced.

  2. bob said on August 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I’ve been looking through many different site, hoping to get some insight about Ie 10. Most sites are all negative about it, with claims that it will not work with my yahoo mail, and a variety of other things. Ms wants to install it on my pc through windows updates. I have blocked that for the time being, until I get a few more facts. I don’t want a lot of problems. So is the windows update the final version, and does it work well with yahoo etc. Thanks

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      IE10 is better than previous versions of the browser.

  3. Ken Saunders said on March 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Martin, what happened to your site earlier?
    I couldn’t access it.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on March 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Ken we had to change the root drive as it was failing. Took longer than I hoped it would take though unfortunately.

  4. bubba said on March 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Firefox, Thunderbird, VLC Player, LibreOffice I use on Win 7 64 Ult, most likely moving to OpenSuse 12.3 when it is released and not looking back to MS ever.
    Yeah gaming will suffer but I had my fill of playing Xbox ports anyway.
    Still looking around for an alternative to Windows server 2008 R2 something like a Linux SBS server is what I need hummm

    1. city_zen said on March 6, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Zentyal is a very nice and user-friendly Linux Server. Probably the closest you’ll get to SBS.

    2. Ken Saunders said on March 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      I’ve used Fedora and really liked it. KDE Plasma Workspaces is very close to Windows as far as the UI.

      I’m still working on upgrading a computer to get more accustomed to Fedora so that I can eventually use it as my default OS, but that’s a ways off. I’ll still use Windows occasionally but I’m not interested in a dual boot option. I want Windows on one machine and Fedora on the other.

      Finding replacements for Windows software isn’t all that hard and there are ways to run Windows software too (Wine).

  5. Alan said on March 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Just type “unable to uninstall mozilla” in Bing. Have a good day.

    1. Pierre said on March 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Yes, I obtained this :

      Maybe a malware ? Do you have a good protection ?

      It seems to be an old pb (2 years) and I guess it has been fixed since that period.

      Have a good day yourself lol the day is over for me ! 19:37 (07:37 PM) you should say “good night”

  6. Alan said on March 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I looked around for help, the Mozilla support forums, not much help. Found other post/complaints similar to mine.

    1. Pierre said on March 4, 2013 at 11:35 am

      If you have enough time, can you give me the link of similar complaints please, thks

  7. Pierre said on March 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Strange. Well, It’s done, anyway.
    Did you ask helping to a Mozilla/Firefox forum

    I have a very good one but in French

  8. Alan said on March 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Hi Pierre, the standard Windows method was what I used for the Firefox uninstall. Not sure what happened to make the uninstall so labor intensive.

  9. Alan said on March 4, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Hi Pierre, when I downloaded Firefox and exported my favorites, I started having some browser issues. Thinking it was a bad install, I tried to remove Firefox and all files. It was a mess to try and uninstall. I ended up scanning my HD for frapped up files, to which it found many..all related to FIrefox. Once repaired, I had to go to the Firefox uninstall website and go through a step by step process to delete all of the files. It was a pain in the neck. I learned a lesson.

    1. Pierre said on March 4, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Hi Alan

      So sorry for this bad experience and the bad impression it left to you.

      The first uninstallation should have been done with the standard Windows method (programs and features, I’m not sure of the English title) which gives hand to Firefox installation/uninstallation program, selecting “deleting all files”.

      Not manually, if it’s what you did.

  10. Alan said on March 4, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I’ve been using Bing for years. The search results and privacy features are very good. I can’t remember the last time I used Google, and a few months ago when I downloaded Firefox it frapped up a bunch of my files. That won’t happen again. I use IE10, also works very well.

    1. Pierre said on March 4, 2013 at 8:17 am

      “it frapped up a bunch of my files”
      I don’t understand what you mean

  11. Ken Saunders said on March 3, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Thank you both

  12. Ken Saunders said on March 3, 2013 at 3:59 am

    I’m on a trial period of using Bing as my default search for web, images, and news. The results are better in some to most cases, the presentation is better, and the privacy options or policies are better.

    I had really bad things to say about it when it first came out, mostly because it’s a Microsoft product, but they are actually doing things better and wiser.

    By the way, I finally used Windows 8. I really hate the Metro interface. The computer that I used it on was not a small handheld and didn’t have a touch screen so I didn’t see the worth at all.

    Is there any way to use the classic interface by default?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on March 3, 2013 at 5:22 am

      You can use programs like Classic Shell for that.

    2. Pierre said on March 3, 2013 at 4:36 am

      Yes there are
      (paying, the others are free)
      This last one ereases completely Modern UI

  13. Pierre said on March 2, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Cf previous articles about IE10 for Windows 7 : “activate enhanced protection mode” is an euphemism that means “64 bits”.
    There is a bug in “protection against tracking” (in fact an ad blocking filter, another euphemism, MS love them) : Easy list is not updated automotically, is is necessary to uninstall and reinstall the list to have the last version.
    The statistics about browsers using vary from an agency to another.
    Even if I personnaly prefer Chrome, IE10 is an excellent browser, very fast and pleasant to use, the best one Microsoft have ever published, and it depends on the preferences : several friends of mine would not use another browser than IE.

  14. Sean Mitre said on March 2, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Interesting question. IE comes bundled and may be Reality TV or Games or other TV shows are prime focus and technicals like browsers etc take a backseat. Just a guesstimate.

  15. s66 said on March 2, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Why is the US usage of IE so different to global?

  16. ilev said on March 2, 2013 at 12:54 am

    “the vast majority of people still use Internet Explorer”..

    No, They don’t (except in the US). The vast majority of people use Chrome or/and Firefox. IE has only ~25% world market.

    1. harley said on March 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Uhhhmmm….. No. Global IE share is 53%…

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