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#39 Windows without preloading IE
by SubtleRebel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wednesday September 19th, 2001 12:53 PM
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If you are really interested in finding out how much is preloaded for IE when Windows boots up, I suggest you look into Win98Lite and IEradicator.
These programs will allow you to remove IE integration from Windows 9x. So all you have to do to find out what is preloaded for IE is to check open DLL, memory usage, etc on a typical Windows boot up and then use one of these programs to remove IE, reboot, and check the DLLs, memory, etc again.
I skimmed through the website to see if it said anywhere how much memory was freed up or what the relevant DLLs were, but I did not find it. I did find some benchmarks comparing running various apps on Windows with IE preloading to the same apps under Windows without IE. It also said at one point that deleting IE from Windows provided an additional 40+ MB of hard drive space.
We know IE is preloaded because Microsoft tells us that it is (they would not lie about that would they?), but even if MS did not admit it, the evidence is easy to find. Suggesting that IE does not preload is like suggesting that Windows 9x/ME does not rely on DOS.