You don’t need Service Pack 1 to install Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7

I have seen quite a websites and blogs reporting  that you require SP1 to be able to install Internet Explorer 9 Beta on Windows 7.  Well the fact is, you don’t require Service Pack 1 to be installed on your Windows 7, in order to be able to  install Internet Explorer 9!

Internet Explorer 9 has a minimum requirement for the following Operating Systems:

  • Windows Vista (x86 and x64) with Service Pack 2 (SP 2) or later versions
  • Windows 7 (x86 and x64) or later versions
  • Windows Server 2008 (x86 and x64) with Service Pack 2 (SP 2) or later versions
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 or later versions

If you are running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 less than Service Pack 2, install the latest Service Pack.

I do not have SP1 installed on my Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9 Beta is installed and running just fine here!

Maybe a clarification is in order.

KB2409089 – How to solve Internet Explorer 9 installation problems states the system requirements:

Internet Explorer 9 has a minimum requirement for the following Operating Systems:
Windows Vista (x86 and x64) with Service Pack 2 (SP 2) or later versions
Windows 7 (x86 and x64) or later versions
Windows Server 2008 (x86 and x64) with Service Pack 2 (SP 2) or later versions
Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 or later versions

However I am also aware of the following:

Internet Explorer 9 Beta FAQ for IT Professionals

When Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9, will it require Windows 7 Service Pack 1?
Yes. Internet Explorer 9 will require Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Therefore, organizations must plan, pilot, and deploy Internet Explorer 9 as part of or after a Windows 7 SP1 deployment.

As far as my understanding goes, IE9 beta requires 4 hotfixes to be installed first before it can be installed. Its installer however currently downloads them and then installs IE9 Beta. Even after you uninstall IE9 Beta, these updates will still remain on your system. Or then maybe the IE9 Final installer may do that too in which case SP1 may not be required or maybe it wont in which case SP1 may be required.

UPDATE: MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED WHAT WE JUST SAID ABOVE.

When Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9, will it require Windows 7 Service Pack 1?

No. Internet Explorer 9 will install on systems that have either Windows 7 RTM or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed. When you install Internet Explorer 9 on a system that has Windows 7 RTM installed, additional operating system components are included as part of the installation of Internet Explorer 9. When you install Internet Explorer 9 on a system that has Windows 7 SP1 installed, these additional components are already present with Windows 7 SP1, and do not need to be reinstalled when you install Internet Explorer 9. For this reason, a system reboot is not required when you install Internet Explorer 9 on a system that has Windows 7 SP1 installed.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

3 Comments

  1. Kuntal Gupta

    I was reading a few blogs regarding too , They also mentioned that IE9 will Require SP1 on Windows 7 and SP2 on Vista , when it releases as Final and Out of beta , For beta Will run fine on our systems as of now (Except XP offcourse)

    So are you sure that IE9 Final won’t require SP1 for Win7 and Run just as fine ?

  2. Hi Kuntal, I have updated the post with a clarification.

  3. Kuntal Gupta

    Thanks 🙂

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