*#)$()@#$% Internet Explorer

I know I’m in a bitching about my computer mood.  I’m particularly grumpy because I’m on day two of the update / reboot cycle, which is just stupid. 

Among other things, my Microsoft Outlook config in Homer isn’t connecting to our Exchange server because we modified our email configuration about six months ago.  Ross is on vacation until tomorrow so I don’t want to bother him, so I figured I’d just use OWA, which works fine.  However, I noticed that I was running the IE 7.0 Beta 1 (which I must have installed 10 months ago – we are just now on beta 3) so I decided to try to upgrade to IE 7.0 Beta 3 since there are lots of noticeable bugs (and a weak feature set for IE 7.0 Beta 1.)

Thirty minutes later and two reboots later I gave up.  I can’t get past the Install Windows Internet Explorer “Internet Explore 7 is already installed on this computer.  Please use ‘Add or Remove Programs’ in the Control Panel to uninstall it.” error message.  Of course, IE 7 is not listed in Add or Remove Programs messing around with Add/Remove Windows Components simply deleted IE from my quick launch toolbar, but didn’t actually get rid of it.

For a brief moment, I thought I’d lost IE forever (it was gone, but I couldn’t get past the IE 7 is already installed message) so I said (and I think I said this out loud because Amy turned and looked over at me) “fuck it – I’ll just use Firefox for OWA.”  I fired it up and then remembered the reason I use IE for OWA is that when OWA sees Firefox as the user agent, it gives me the crappy last version instead of the pretty good current version.

I dug around for IE 7B1 on my machine and found it pretty quickly, so I’m back to where I started 30 minutes ago.  And I thought I was pretty good at this.

  • Jim Cook

    Hey Brad,
    Try installing the “User Agent Extension” for Firefox and (once installed) run Firefox and then change the User Agent to IE.



  • Good thought. I tried it, but it didn’t work. It “sort of” rendered properly but ultimately looked like shit and didn’t display the email correctly.

  • Robert Banghart

    Hi Brad:

    Here is a link to a post that may be helpful: http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/06/29/650033.aspx

  • brad
    i emailed you the fix but realize you cant get email. go to control panel, add/remove programs. go do down the list, under windows (alphabetical order, not add/remove windows components) you will see the IE beta entry. Remove it. then reboot, install the beta 3 and you are good to go. I just did it last week. good luck


  • Hey Brad — not sure if you’ve gotten email / comments to get you out of this situation. Pls let me know… if you’re not on Beta 3 yet I want to help. Thanks!

  • Brad,

    Go to the control panel – add/remove programs. At the top next to the “sort” box is a “show updates” box. Make sure this is checked. It will then show you IE7 beta and you can then remove it.


  • A few years ago, I remember saying how great OWA was. The keyword is WAS. I use Gmail.

  • Robert’s suggestion to use http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/06/29/650033.aspx for hints was perfect. After three more reboots, I’m now running IE7B3. Now, if I could only get the Garmin Forerunner 305 device drivers to recognize my watch…

  • Dave Jilk

    The operative word here is “Beta.” You shouldn’t get grumpy about beta software that doesn’t work right – it should be your expectation that it doesn’t.

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