Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jun 2009 22:03 UTC
Windows In a move to basically outflank the EU antitrust investigation, Microsoft has announced that all version of Windows 7 shipped in Europe will not include Internet Explorer 8 by default. This is reminiscent of the Windows XP N editions, which did not include Windows Media Player, but the difference here is that Microsoft will not ship versions of Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 8 in Europe.
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jedimasterk
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2006-10-23

But what if your not an OEM. Your a simple computer user that wants to build his or her own system living in Europe with a retail copy of Windows 7. You don't own a laptop or another desktop either. You install Windows 7 without a default browser. Now what?. You get prompted to install IE8 . Defeats the purpose!. Now if Microsoft gave you a prompt to either install IE8, Opera, or Firefox. that would be meet the EU demands and not screw the customer. se hwat I'm getting at. I care less about OEM installs, what about computer users who build their own systems or build one for the first time.

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r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

I care less about OEM installs, what about computer users who build their own systems or build one for the first time.

That is minority geekery, which is not even on the radar. It's up to you to get out of that pickle. You went into the woods, now you find a way to get back on the path.

What if you trashed your old PC, scrapped all install disks and then started to build a new naked PC from parts? How are you going to get an OS on that? Same problem, same answer. It's up to you to get all the required pieces beforehand if you don't go the OEM road.

Ideal? No. Current reality? Very much yes!
Welcome back to the old "have-to-get-Netscape" days.

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