A final release of Microsoft's newest Internet browser Internet Explorer 9 is just around the corner. Microsoft plans to deliver the browser as an important update via Windows Update which are set to be automatically downloaded and installed by default.
This can be problematic in computer networks, organizations and businesses that do not want to update to Internet Explorer 9 right away.
The Internet Explorer 9 blocker Toolkit has been created to change the update class of IE9 from important to optional. This ensures that the web browser will not be installed automatically when it is made available by Microsoft.
To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, Microsoft will distribute Windows Internet Explorer 9 as an important update through Automatic Updates for Windows Vista SP2 for x64 and x86, Windows Server 2008 SP2 for x64 and x86, Windows 7 x86 RTM and higher and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM and higher for x64. This Blocker Toolkit is intended for organizations that would like to block automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 9 to machines in environments where Automatic Updates is enabled. The Blocker Toolkit will not expire.
It has to be noted that the Blocker Toolkit prevents only the automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 9 via Windows Update. It does not prevent users from installing the new version on the computer system, for instance by download it from Microsoft's Download Center or selecting the optional update for installation in Windows Updates. Administrators need to make sure that those options are blocked to prevent the installation of the new browser version.
The Blocker Toolkit is not needed in environments where update management solutions are installed. This includes Windows Server Update Services or System Management Server 2003. These products can be used to fully manage the deployment of the update.
The IE9 Blocker Toolkit can be downloaded from Microsoft's Download Center. (Thanks Paulus for the tip)
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