Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 is no longer supported

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 20, 2020
Internet Explorer, Windows 7

Microsoft ended its support for the company's Windows 7 operating system last week officially. While Enterprise and business customers may extend support by up to three years, it is no longer supported for Home users and customers who don't purchase support extensions.

The new Microsoft Edge web browser that is based on Chromium has been released for Windows 7 at a surprising time; it was released one day after Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 and the company revealed already that it will continue to support the browser for the foreseeable future on Windows 7.

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Windows 7 users who prefer Internet Explorer 11 -- is there anyone that does? -- may download the latest version of the web browser from the Microsoft website. A visit to the download page brings a surprising revelation: Internet Explorer 11 is no longer support unlike Edge which continues to be supported.

Microsoft modified the download page on January 15, 2020, the day the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser was released and one day after support of Windows 7 ended officially.

The company states on the download page:

If you’re running Windows 7, the latest version of Internet Explorer that you can install is Internet Explorer 11. However, Internet Explorer 11 is no longer supported on Windows 7. Instead, we recommend you install the new Microsoft Edge. The new Microsoft Edge was built to bring you the best of the web, with more control and more privacy as you browse.

While it is still possible to download 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft does not fail to highlight a second time that Internet Explorer 11 is no longer supported.

The end of support notification leads to an interesting question: will Microsoft fix the recently discovered security vulnerability in Internet Explorer 11 for systems running Windows 7?

Considering that Internet Explorer 11 is still used, especially in corporate environments, and that Microsoft extended support for paying Enterprise and business customers, it is fairly certain that the vulnerability will be fixed. The big question is whether the patch will be available for unsupported versions of Windows 7 or if it will be reserved for systems subscribed to the Extended Security Updates program.

Now You: do you still run Internet Explorer? (via Deskmodder)

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Microsoft ended support for the company's Windows 7 operating system on January 14, 2020. One day later, support for Internet Explorer 11 ended as well.
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  1. Agent Smith said on January 26, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Edge Chrome edition supports legacy IE via its hidden FLAGS settings.

  2. 11r20 said on January 22, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    Havent used explorer since 01

    Haven’t done a patch in my win7 since 2015, but an using ‘Blackbird’, FF51 with userJS settings, noscript
    and uBlockoriginal with ‘Netlimiter’
    paid software.

    Have survived every Zeroday and every other attack that everyone was upset about without so much of a scratch. Works so well I cloned it to a brand new in the box 20 yr old new IBM tower…

    oh and am still using a 20 yr old version of yahoo and my signal comes from a 2g-second generation GSM signal thats not supposed to exist while using various DNSSEC resolvers

  3. ULBoom said on January 21, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    “do you still run Internet Explorer?”

    Not deliberately, it’s surprising how many softwares still spawn IE when help or support are clicked. Why? This thing needs to die, the perfect storm of three browsers built into Windows is a tsunami waiting to happen.

    A weird behavior I encountered when trying to install Pinnacle Studio was a “javascript disabled” error because I turned scripting off in Internet Options. Apparently Pinnacle (an excellent editor but very messy program) needed IE to install. Java script worked everywhere else.

    IE can be disabled in Programs and Features which may cause other problems, another reeason for MS to correctly remove IE from Windows. I bet they can’t, may be too entwined in Windows.

  4. JohnIL said on January 20, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Can’t remember last time I opened IE? I know it’s probably been at least a few years probably back when I briefly used Windows 8. Nobody should be accessing the internet with IE, there is absolutely no reason. So many choices in browsers to access the internet that still run on Windows 7.

    1. Anonymous said on January 20, 2020 at 9:21 pm

      No one uses IE anymore at home. Only enterprise uses it. I will keep using Window 7 at home though. Windows 10 is nonsense.

  5. Davin Peterson said on January 20, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    IE 11 also came with Windows 10 for compatibility reasons. Unless your business uses a legacy application that only works on IE 11, then their is no good reason to use IE11. IE11 is slow loading web pages compared to modern browsers and has many legacy features no longer used today

  6. howard said on January 20, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    hate windows 10 will want widows 7back willing to take risk

  7. Ray said on January 20, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Windows 7 will still be supported by third party company that Microsoft has stated already but there is cost, not sure what that is though.

  8. Anonymous said on January 20, 2020 at 8:36 am

    Any major cyber-attack or highly critical vulnerability event will bring out a publicly available updated Security Update to Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 11 by Microsoft. Else, someone will mitigate the IE11 update releases for Windows Embedded POSReady 7 as ‘un-official’ security patches. Microsoft Edge is maybe worse than IE11, and Microsoft seems to enjoy ‘funneling’ the options.

  9. John C. said on January 20, 2020 at 8:04 am

    IE11 sits there on my W7 system and I only use it when I have a problem viewing a website in my main browser, which is Pale Moon. I’ve given up on Firefox, which keeps losing features with each update. As for installing Edge on this system – me doing that is as unlikely as my installing Google Chrome and for the same reasons. No NSA spyware for me, thank you.

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