More on IE7 Beta 2

Eric has a very enlightened post for those of you out to document bugs in IE7 Beta 2. He also echoed my feelings that this is a beta people!

Trying to fix a site that’s “broken” in IE7B2 is kind of like deciding to raze your profitable gas station just because you heard car companies are experimenting with hydrogen fuel cells. When the final version of IE7 comes out, then you can worry about what to do. Maybe your site won’t be “broken” any more, and you won’t have to do anything.

As Eric also mentioned, over on the IE Blog, they’ve posted an entry about the current state of CSS fixes in IE7 and what you should be able to do now. Also, for those of you who (like me) uninstalled the beta because it caused you to lose your IE6, here are instructions on how to have both (found somewhere in the comments on

  • Extract IE7B2P-WindowsXP-x86-enu.exe to a temporary folder. (using WinRAR or some such)
  • Working within the extracted directory, delete the following:
    • update (folder),
    • install.ins,
    • spmsg.dll,
    • spuninst.exe, and
    • spupdsvc.exe
  • Create a blank text file within the directory and name it “iexplore.exe.local
  • Move the directory to a location in which you want to store the (now) standalone version of Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 (e.g. Program Files)
  • Execute iexplore.exe

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