I am not sure if you are aware of it, but starting next year Microsoft is changing their Internet Explorer upgrade policy.
Specifically, they will be putting IE updates into the standard automatic update cycle. This means if you have an older version of IE, it will automatically get upgraded.
Many organizations have piles of Web applications that cannot work on anything but a specific version of Internet Explorer.
I would not want to come into the office one morning to find out a few hundred computers now have IE 7, when a critical web app requires IE 6.
How can you prevent this from happening?
Thankfully Microsoft has provided three registry keys that will prevent the automatic install.
There is one for each version of IE (IE 7, IE 8, IE 9)
These are the keys:
For IE 9
DoNotAllowIE90 1 = Block Install, 0 = Allow Install
For IE 8
DoNotAllowIE80 1 = Block Install, 0 = Allow Install
For IE 7
DoNotAllowIE70 1 = Block Install, 0 = Allow Install
A quick and easy way to make these changes is to use our tool, Network Administrator.
We added a plugin that will make it easy to block the automatic install:
You can even pick and choose what version of Internet Explorer you want to block:
It is free for personal and commercial use (up to three computers at a time).
You can find it on our downloads page:
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