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IE9 Preview 6 available, now with secret Beta UI


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Microsoft demoed the latest developer preview of IE9 during the PDC 2010 keynote. Much like earlier previews, this one doesn't have much in the way of a UI. It's effectively a toolbar and the new rendering engine. The engine is wicked fast, however, and Microsoft has a number of demos that really put it through its paces.

The lack of UI is kind of a bore, so we asked how to make it more useful (and Microsoft told us). If you'd like to make it look and act like the beta (including all the chrome and new UI features), we have instructions. But first... a video!

How to enable a real UI

This IE9 process will now have all the platform capabilities of Internet Explorer Platform Preview 6 with the user experience features of IE9 Beta. It’s important to note: If a user takes these steps, the IE9 Beta browser will not be replaced by a newer version of IE9. However, in order for the newly created IE process to run with the enhanced platform capabilities provided in Platform Preview 6, all prior IE windows must be closed before running the new IE process from the IE9_PP6 folder.

  1. Install IE9 Beta on your machine. You can download IE9 Beta from www.beautyoftheweb.com
  2. Install Internet Explorer Platform Preview 6. You can download Platform Preview 6 from www.ietestdrive.com
  3. Create a folder on your Desktop called IE9_PP6
  4. Copy the iexplore.exe file from the C:/Program Files/Internet Explorer directory (or C:/Program Files (x86)/Internet Explorer if you are on a 64 bit machine) to the IE9_PP6 folder
  5. Create a folder inside IE9_PP6 called iexplore.exe.local (Note: It is imperative that you name this folder exactly as specified)
  6. Navigate to the Internet Explorer Platform Preview directory within Program files (commonly on 32 bit machines this will be at C:/Program Files/Internet Explorer Platform Preview and on 64 bit machines this will be at C:/Program Files (x86)/Internet Explorer Platform Preview)
  7. Copy the contents of the iepreview.exe.local folder within the Internet Explorer Platform Preview directory to the iexplore.exe.local folder within IE9_PP6
  8. Close all instances of IE running on your machine and run iexplore.exe from IE9_PP6

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Sounds interesting not for sure about what features they are talking about ( not got time for the video now ).. BUT I think I will wait until MS is ready to activate and release the new features publicly..

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What if I just copy "iexplore.exe" and paste it into the Platform Preview directory?

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I followed the instructions and uninstalled the preview. It runs fine with the folder on the desktop. I removed IE9beta and tried to run IE9 from the desktop folder, NO GOOD! I installed just the preview without IE9beta and tried to run IE9 from the desktop folder, NO GOOD!

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