Barely a week ago, we posted an update about Internet Explorer 9 requiring the presence of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 before it can be installed into a PC. And now, it seems that Microsoft has reversed its stand: this time, there will be no need for SP1 to be pre-installed. Users, however, will still need to load a few hotfixes before installing the browser.
To SP1, or not to SP1? That was the question IT professionals had to face when considering an upgrade to Microsoft’s upcoming Internet Explorer 9 web browser. Previously, Microsoft had posted in its TechNet webpage that the browser will require SP 1 for Windows 7 to be installed before the browser can be loaded, as shown below:
However, it seems that Microsoft has since reversed its stance of having SP1 as a pre-requisite. Visiting the same Technet page for Internet Explorer 9 reveals that the web browser, when launched, can now be installed on both RTM and SP1-upgraded versions of Windows 7.
But that is just speculation on our part. Nevertheless, the removal of SP1 as a pre-requisite will certainly remove a potential road block in the way of browser updates from Microsoft.
Source: Microsoft TechNet