Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview: FAQ

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What is Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview?

Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview is a prerelease version of Internet Explorer 11. It includes enhancements to browsing performance, and better protections for your PC and your privacy. Here’s your chance to be one of the first to try out the preview. We'll use your feedback to make the final product even better.

Is Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview right for me?

Before you download Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview, you should weigh the pros and cons of installing software that’s still in development. Internet Explorer 11 is still being tested—information from people using the preview release will help make the final product even better. If you install the preview release, you'll get to try out the many new features, but you might also encounter errors that you wouldn't encounter using a released version of Internet Explorer.

You might want to download the preview release if all of the following apply to you:

  • You like to use the latest software and enjoy experimenting with new technology.

  • You feel comfortable troubleshooting PC problems yourself.

  • You don’t mind updating software frequently.

You might want to wait for the final release of Internet Explorer 11 if any of the following apply to you:

  • You prefer to install software once, and don’t want to mess with it again.

  • You get frustrated if software doesn’t always behave as you expect it to.

  • You want to continue using Internet Explorer 10 (Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview replaces it on your PC).

  • You rely on assistive technology software, such as a screen reader or screen magnifier, to browse the web.

What are the system requirements for Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview?

Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview is designed to optimize the power of your PC running Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher. If you’re using a different operating system, you won’t be able to install Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview.

Here's the complete list of requirements:


  • PC with a 1 gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

Operating system

  • Windows 7 32-bit with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher

  • Windows 7 64-bit with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit with Service Pack 1 (SP1)


  • Windows 7 32-bit—512 MB

  • Windows 7 64-bit—512 MB

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit—512 MB

Hard drive space

  • Windows 7 32-bit—70 MB

  • Windows 7 64-bit—120 MB

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit—200 MB

Additional requirements:

  • CD-ROM drive (if installation is done from a CD-ROM).

  • Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor with 256 colors.

  • Internet access (ISP fees might apply).

If you have a Windows 7 PC, and want to download Service Pack 1 (SP1), go here.

What languages is the preview available in?

Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview is available in Arabic, Basque (Basque), Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (US), Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi (India), Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Latvia, Lithuanian, Malay (Brunei Darussalam), Malay (Malaysia), Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Vietnamese.

If the preview isn't available in your language, you can still install the English version, which works with all versions of Windows 7.

How do I get Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview?

If you think Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview is right for you and you want to download it, go here.

How do I uninstall Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview?

If you change your mind about whether the preview is right for you, you can always uninstall it.

  1. Click the Start button, type Programs and Features in the search box, and then select View installed updates.

  2. Under Unistall an update, scroll down to the Microsoft Windows section.

  3. Right-click Internet Explorer 11, click Uninstall, and then, when prompted, click Yes.

  4. Click one of the following:

    • Restart now (to finish the process of uninstalling Internet Explorer 11 and restore the previous version of Internet Explorer)

    • Restart later

What if I'm having trouble installing Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview?

If you receive an error message while trying to install Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview, try one or more of the following troubleshooting methods to help resolve common problems with installation.

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Temporarily turn off antispyware and antivirus software

If you choose to temporarily turn off antispyware or antivirus software, your PC or network might be more vulnerable to attack by hackers or malicious software. To temporarily turn off antispyware or antivirus software, follow these steps:

To temporarily turn off antispyware and antivirus software

  1. Turn on Windows Firewall

  2. Turn off the antispyware and antivirus software on your PC. To do this, right–click the icon for the antispyware or antivirus software in the notification area, and then click Exit or Disable.

  3. After the antispyware or antivirus software is turned off, try to install Internet Explorer again.

  4. When the installation of Internet Explorer is complete, turn the antispyware and antivirus software back on.

  5. Go to Windows Update and install the latest updates.

Finish installing other updates

Internet Explorer tries to install other required software automatically. If installation of the prerequesites fails, Internet Explorer stops the installation process. You can install the necessary required software manually. Learn more about required software for Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview