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  1. #1
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    Download Internet Explorer 8 without browser

    I heard little bit about Windows 7 E. Its RTM version is about to release in next few days. I was just surprised when i came to know that Windows 7 E is coming without any Web browser. I was planning to place order for this but how can be able to download IE without browser ?

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    Re: Download Internet Explorer 8 without browser

    I’m not sure if there will be an option to install Internet Explorer from the setup DVD or if we can simple add this as a Windows feature in control panel. Following command line batch file will download Internet Explorer 8 setup:

    @echo off

    if exist download-IE8.cs del download-IE8.cs

    echo using System; > download-IE8.cs
    echo using System.Net; >> download-IE8.cs
    echo using System.IO; >> download-IE8.cs
    echo. >> download-IE8.cs
    echo namespace Download_IE8 >> download-IE8.cs
    echo { >> download-IE8.cs
    echo class Program >> download-IE8.cs
    echo { >> download-IE8.cs
    echo static void Main(string[] args) >> download-IE8.cs
    echo { >> download-IE8.cs
    echo if (File.Exists("IE8-WindowsVista-x86-DEU.exe")) >> download-IE8.cs
    echo File.Delete("IE8-WindowsVista-x86-DEU.exe"); >> download-IE8.cs
    echo. >> download-IE8.cs
    echo try >> download-IE8.cs
    echo { >> download-IE8.cs
    echo HttpWebRequest request = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create("http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/D/C/3DC5DC1B-2B60-487A-BAE2-732662BC0886/IE8-WindowsVista-x86-DEU.exe"); >> download-IE8.cs
    echo request.UserAgent = "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.1; )"; >> download-IE8.cs
    echo request.AllowWriteStreamBuffering = false; >> download-IE8.cs
    echo request.Timeout = 10000; >> download-IE8.cs
    echo. >> download-IE8.cs
    echo using (Stream s = request.GetResponse().GetResponseStream()) >> download-IE8.cs
    echo { >> download-IE8.cs
    echo FileStream fs = new FileStream("IE8-WindowsVista-x86-DEU.exe", FileMode.Create); >> download-IE8.cs
    echo. >> download-IE8.cs
    echo byte[] read = new byte[1024]; >> download-IE8.cs
    echo int count = s.Read(read, 0, read.Length); >> download-IE8.cs
    echo. >> download-IE8.cs
    echo while (count != 0) >> download-IE8.cs
    echo { >> download-IE8.cs
    echo fs.Write(read, 0, count); >> download-IE8.cs
    echo count = s.Read(read, 0, read.Length); >> download-IE8.cs
    echo. >> download-IE8.cs
    echo Console.Write("."); >> download-IE8.cs
    echo } >> download-IE8.cs
    echo } >> download-IE8.cs
    echo. >> download-IE8.cs
    echo Console.WriteLine(); >> download-IE8.cs
    echo Console.WriteLine("Done."); >> download-IE8.cs
    echo. >> download-IE8.cs
    echo System.Threading.Thread.Sleep(5000); >> download-IE8.cs
    echo System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("IE8-WindowsVista-x86-DEU.exe"); >> download-IE8.cs
    echo } >> download-IE8.cs
    echo catch (Exception ex) >> download-IE8.cs
    echo { >> download-IE8.cs
    echo Console.WriteLine("Error: " + ex.Message); >> download-IE8.cs
    echo } >> download-IE8.cs
    echo } >> download-IE8.cs
    echo } >> download-IE8.cs
    echo } >> download-IE8.cs
    echo. >> download-IE8.cs

    if not exist download-IE8.cs goto ERROR1

    "%WINDIR%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\csc.exe" download-IE8.cs

    download-IE8.exe

    if not exists download-IE8.exe goto ERROR2

    :ERROR1

    echo Could not create C# source file.

    goto END

    :ERROR2

    echo Could not create executable to download IE8.

    goto END

    :END

    Remember that this is a first version of my script that will download Internet Explorer 8 German for Windows Vista (x86) only. If it is working I will modify it to have an option to choose the correct version you need. Well, if Microsoft is adding a checkbox to the Windows features in control panel we don’t need it.
    Source: weblogs

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    Re: Download Internet Explorer 8 without browser

    It will be really surprising if we need to download a browser without a browser.Well, fortunately i found step by step at withinwindows to download Internet Explorer in Windows 7 E without any browser. Here it is :-
    • Launch (and configure) Windows Media Player
      Throughout the OS, you’ll find references to Windows Media Player. Click one of them. You’ll be welcomed by a wizard that takes a good five minutes to go through, if you don’t choose the Recommended option.

    • Search for your browser, using the Windows Media Guide
      If it isn’t already on your screen, open the Windows Media Guide. You can do this by clicking the very large Media Guide button in the lower-left corner of Windows Media Player. In the upper-right corner of the Guide, type your browser of choice into the Search box. Purely for example purposes, cough, I typed “Firefox”.

    • Click an ad, download your browser
      Upon completion of your search, you’ll be presented with some advertising. We’ll use this to our advantage to hop outside the cage we’re in. Pick an ad, click it. If it doesn’t take you to the manufacturers site in less than a few clicks, go back and pick a different ad. Eventually you’ll end up at the desired location with the binaries you need trickling down to your desktop.

  4. #4
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    Re: Download Internet Explorer 8 without browser

    Very interesting article. Thanks for sharing this. It is really surprising to hear Windows with out Internet Explorer. Also i appreciate you for showing the steps to download a browser with any browser.

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