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Internet Explorer 7 auto-install installed over itself, and reverted to 6.0 functionality

Posted on 2006-10-30
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Okay folks, here's a weird one that I'm sure more people will be asking soon.

I downloaded and installed the IE7 beta from MS's website, and it was running just fine. Then today, MS Update tells me I need to install IE7. I do, it runs for near half an hour updating itself, and then upon logging back in, my Internet Explorer installation looks and acts like 6.0, but the About dialog says it's 7.0. No tabs, no updated interface, just a 6.0 installation that thinks it's 7.0. No modifications were done to the browser.

Any thoughts?
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Yes, did you only log out and log back in or did you do a full reboot?  I just experienced updating IE7 over itself also, but it uninstalled older IE7, then required a reboot which then installed and ran the Malicious Software program and then rebooted itself again (this time without asking).

Perhaps you should try reinstalling it again, but this time confirming that it's doing the necessary reboots.

You could also go to your Start->Run and type in eventvwr.msc and hit Enter. Take a look at your System events for anything from the Source "Internet Explorer 7 Disk" or filter for Event ID's 4382 or 4377.

Just FYI:


Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      NtServicePack
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      4377
Date:            10/31/2006
Time:            12:52:21 AM
User:            WINXPPRO
Computer:      WINXPPRO
Description:
Windows XP Hotfix KB915865 was installed.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.


Also keep in mind, the update has to be installed and probably run for the first time by an Admin on the machine.
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By the way, after updates today, the version I have is 7.0.5730.11
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Bizarre, it never asked for a restart, but once I did, it came back as the 7.0 I expected. Whatever. You get the points!
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It's funny, but I have seen a registry edit out there that disables Windows updates from rebooting automatically.  Perhaps that was set somehow.

Thanks.
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