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Updating Users Periodically

Your users can be notified automatically when a new version of Microsoft Internet Explorer is available. You can control whether Internet Explorer checks for this updated information and if it does, how often it checks.

Here's how it works:

  • When a new version of Internet Explorer is detected, the user's home, or start, page is temporarily replaced by an update notification page. From this page, users can upgrade their browser, add the page to their Favorites list, or cancel the update.

  • By default, the Microsoft Internet Explorer page for the Microsoft Windows Update is used as the update notification page. Or you can display a custom Web page instead that provides product update information or even company news. For example, you could create a Web page to notify users of new Internet Explorer releases, new server paths, and company news.

    The update notification page enables you to periodically distribute information to users in .htm format.

  • The next time the user starts the browser, the user's default home page is displayed.

You can specify the settings for the update notification page by carrying out the following steps:

  1. If you are changing this setting in the Internet Explorer 6 Customization Wizard, on the Policies and Restrictions screen in Stage 5, click Internet Settings.

    —OR—

    If you are changing this setting in the Profile Manager, click Policies and Restrictions, and then click Internet Settings.

  2. Select the Automatically check for Internet Explorer Updates check box.

  3. On the left side of the screen, click Component Updates.

  4. If you want to use the default Windows Update page, do not replace the default URL.

    If you want to use a custom page, type the address of the page in the URL to be displayed for updates box.

  5. Under Update check interval, specify the number of days between intervals to check for updated information.

If you decide to create a custom page for your organization, see the sample file ieupdate.htm in the \<IEAK program folder>\Toolkit folder.

Note Note 

  • Under Internet Restrictions in both the Profile Manager and the Policies and Restrictions pages of the wizard, you can choose whether to do a periodic check for updates to Internet Explorer and Internet tools on the Component Updates screen.


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