If you want to test IE7 without the risk of installing a beta software, here is a simple way to do it. This method does not install IE 7 the usual way- instead you just run it from the installer package and hence your system does not get littered with beta dlls all over the place.
- Download IE7 beta from the MS website at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie7/default.mspx . Save the file at a location from where you want to run it. For example C:\IE7Beta
- Right click the file and select “Extract Here” option from the Winzip/WinRAR context menu.
- Once all the files are extracted, find the file named “shlwapi.dll” and delete it.
- Create a file by name “IEXPLORE.exe.local”. Make sure that it does not have the .txt extension. [Go to Tools-> Folder Options -> View -> uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”.]
- Launch iexplore.exe from the same folder and verify that it works.
- Right click on iexplore.exe and select “Send To…-> Desktop (Create Shortcut)”.
This method also helps in running both IE7 and IE6 side-by-side! A great help for web designers. To uninstall, just delete the folder where you extracted the installation package!
Trivia: With the new beta, the browser is no longer called “Microsoft Internet Explorer”. It is now “Windows Internet Explorer”.
Update (17/04/2006): This method seems to have screwed up the IE6 installation of many of the visitors who tried the latest beta. A better method is described by Jon Galloway in his post here. As always, try at your own risk! Thanks to Claus for the excellent comment with all the pointers.