IE7: Hack to Fix Unsupported Browser Errors

Posted September 6, 2005 by MickeyMouse in Windows

When testing IE7, you may get some errors from webpages that automatically detect your type of browser. The following registry hack will allow you to get around this.

Sadly, many web designers check the type and version of the web browser being used before allowing a page to be displayed. As most designers have not updated their web code to support IE7 yet, you will receive numerous errors when visiting these sites.

To get around this, just use this registry hack:

    1. Click Start.
    2. Click Run.
    3. In the text box, type regedit, and click OK.
    4. In the registry editor, browse to the following key:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent]

    5. Click the Edit menu.
    6. Select New.
    7. Select String Value.
    8. Name the string: version.
    9. Right-click this new string.
    10. Select Modify
    11. In the value data box, place this text: MSIE 6.0.
    12. Click OK.
    13. Close regedit, and restart IE

You could also change the text to any previous IE version if you wish (MSIE 5.0, MSIE 5.01, MSIE 5.5, etc.), although most sites will be looking for IE6 in my experience.

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