It seems like that the Internet Explorer 8 can be deactivated in Windows 7. This option will be available for additional Windows programs in the final version of the OS.
Programs that can be deactivated in Windows 7.
Microsoft integrated the Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7 Build 7048 and also offers the possibility to deactivate it. This could be a result of the conflict with EU commission who already requested the removal of the Windows Media Player.
The browser won't be uninstalled since it is integrated too deeply into the system. Only the executable file "iexplore.exe” is removed. Users can deactivate the IE8 via the Windows Feature Dialogbox by activating the right checkbox says Aeroxperience.
This Dialogbox will also be part of the final Windows 7 version. Users will be able to deactivate several other programs included in Windows, too. Thus Microsoft tries to prevent any further trouble with the European antitrust department. Only recently the developers of web browsers demanded the removal of the Internet Explorer because of distortion of competition. The consortium is led by the Opera developers and the Mozilla Foundation, Google and the Free Software Foundation Europe are on board, too.