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Microsoft at it again. Playing with IE8 download for XP

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This used to be the link for the IE8 installer...

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=341c2ad5-8c3d-4347-8c03-08cdecd8852b

Which would depending on your language lead you to something like this...

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=43

Both are dead now.
 
Search the download center for internet explorer 8 gives you this result...

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/internet-explorer-8-details.aspx

Go there and you get this...
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Funny huh?

I finally came across this somehow...

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/upgrade-your-browser

Which finally has this working link...

http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=261544

Which converts to...

http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/C/0/CC0BD555-33DD-411E-936B-73AC6F95AE11/IE8-WindowsXP-x86-ENU.exe

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JFYI - I'm finding lots of XP stuff just magically disappearing, just like the pre-XP stuff did.

Example - Kelly's Korner

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com

Better go to the Wayback for that one too. ;)

 

ref -

http://www.xpheads.com/forums/microsoft-public-windowsxp-general/82725-can-no-longer-load-kellys-korner-xp-tweaks-page.html

notice the link to the MS webpage - also no longer exists.

 

Quite a campaign MS has going on, eh? :}

Edited by submix8c

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They also pulled MSE version 4.4.304 (the last version without the annoying XP EoL nagging) within hours after end of XP support...  Too bad for them, I foresaw it coming created backup copies. 

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Does anyone have the familyid= or details.aspx?id= download URL for IE7? I'm curious if they pulled the same crap on that version.

The IE6 download still works...

Edited by -X-

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Thanks tomasz86 but that's not really want I'm looking for. I know the downloads are still there. I'm trying to find out if they have a page for the downloads.

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Thanks tomasz86!

 

Bastards!  :realmad: Looks like someone got something up their butt on May 29th for IE7 and around May 11th for IE8 according to the WayBack Machine.

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Weird part is that they never "killed" Win9x/ME that fast after EOS. They must want people to dump (one of) the best OS they ever made. Sad part is, even Vista/7 is being "hidden" from the main pages so they can push that POS Win8 stuff.

 

"Your OS are belong to us!"

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In the past, we had the old Wayback Machine, with which just a few people were really familiar with. So much of what companies like MS wanted to hide away or make scantly available (or even take down completely) remained effectilvely available for a very long time. Then, one day, it dawned on those companies, MS included, they had to do something about it, so they made and effort and found up about robots.txt, which was there all along (AFAIK) and sort of repurposed that effectively into a kind of memory hole: you see, once some general url is added to one's company domain robots.txt, whatever the Wayback Machine already holds for that url gets immediately destroyed (purportedly -- or, at the very least, taken out of public availability, but kept safely preserved, maybe even to be able to comply to an eventual court-order from the powers that be...) retroactively, and, furthermore, the Wayback Machine thenceforward abstains from ever looking up again into those urls. Here's a direct link to MS' current  robots.txt... This is the main reason why things nowadays got much tougher. :wacko:
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Win 9x/ME went EoL on July 11, 2006, as everybody should know (or, at least, MS made some effort in that direction, at the time, but nothing compared to their annoying current effort to kill-terminate-destroy-erase XP, of course). At that time they didn't even bother to actually put in place any robots.txt, and it remained like that for half again a year afterwards. This is what a request for MS' robots.txt returned up to about 5 PM May 15, 2008: Error 302 => Not Available. About one hour late, there appears this robots.txt, (quoted below), from which time it was always available and constantly "refined", up to now.
 

User-agent: *
Disallow: /kb/953023
Disallow: /kb/953093
Disallow: /kb/953095
Disallow: /kb/953150

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You will be assimilated.  -The Borg

 

It is your destiny.  -Emperor Palpatine

 

Win8Bites.png

 

 

I've got a better idea...  How about I give you the finger...  And you give me my phone call? -Neo

 

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.  -Robert C. Gallagher

 

Nothing is certain but death and taxes (and the loss of hard drive data) -The IRS

 

 

-Noel

 

 

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Isn't it a bit ironical that our resident Darth Vader :w00t::ph34r: in the year 2014 and with most-latest-mega-tweaked-hyper OS around, uses good ol' Notepad (BTW in two windows, overlayed to a Control Panel view - something that is clearly against the "one - or at the most two  opened windows at the same time" Modern usage paradigm states) to convey this message  :unsure:

 

MSFN, just for the record, was BORG well before that, and you cannot assimilate Borgs:

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;)

(image courtesy of puntoMx)

 

jaclaz

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You didn't mention the see-through borders or drop shadows.  ;)

 

Just goes to show you CAN shun the new evil and still get Windows 8 to do reasonable things.

 

Just for grins I pressed Control - Esc (I don't have a Win key on this old LK250 keyboard).  I was surprised to see that the Start screen can actually come up (though afterward I felt strangely soiled)...  Literally the first time I've seen it since some time in 2013.

 

StartScreen2.png

 

-Noel

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