Internet Explorer 11 Delivery Through Automatic Updates
Internet Explorer 11 makes browsing the web faster, easier, safer, and more reliable than ever. To help customers become more secure and up-to-date, Microsoft will distribute Internet Explorer 11 through Automatic Updates and the Windows Update and Microsoft Update sites. Internet Explorer 11 will be available for users of the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and 64-bit version of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. This article provides an overview of the delivery process and options available for IT administrators to control how and when Internet Explorer 11 is deployed to their organization through Automatic Updates.
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Automatic Updates Delivery Process
Internet Explorer 11 only downloads and installs if it’s available for delivery through Automatic Updates; and Automatic Updates only offer Internet Explorer 11 to users with local administrator accounts. User’s without local administrator accounts won’t be prompted to install the update and will continue using their current version of Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer 11 replaces Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, or Internet Explorer 10. If you decide you don’t want Internet Explorer 11, and you’re running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1, you can uninstall it from the View installed updates section of the Uninstall an update page of the Control Panel.
Internet Explorer 11 Automatic Upgrades
Internet Explorer 11 is offered through Automatic Updates and Windows Update as an Important update. Users running Windows 7 SP1, who have chosen to download and install updates automatically through Windows Update, are automatically upgraded to Internet Explorer 11.
Users who were automatically upgraded to Internet Explorer 11 can decide to uninstall Internet Explorer 11. However, Internet Explorer 11 will still appear as an optional update through Windows Update.
Options for Blocking Automatic Delivery
If you use Automatic Updates in your company, but want to stop your users from automatically getting Internet Explorer 11, do one of these:
Additional information on Internet Explorer 11, including a Readiness Toolkit, technical overview, in-depth feature summary, and Internet Explorer 11 download is available on the Internet Explorer 11 product page and on the Springboard Series for Internet Explorer 11 on TechNet.
Availability of Internet Explorer 11
Automatic Updates will start to distribute Internet Explorer 11 shortly after the final release of the product and will distribute it through the System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft Systems Management Server, and WSUS.
Preventing Automatic Installation of Internet Explorer 11 with WSUS
Internet Explorer 11 will be released to WSUS as an Update Rollup package. Therefore, if you’ve configured WSUS to “auto-approve” Update Rollup packages, it’ll be automatically approved and installed. To stop Internet Explorer 11 from being automatically approved for installation, you need to:
After the new Internet Explorer 11 package is available for download, you should manually synchronize the new package to your WSUS server, so that when you re-enable auto-approval it won’t be automatically installed.
If you need to reset your Update Rollups packages to auto-approve, do this:
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