Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 final is currently only available for the company's latest operating system Windows 8. It is available as a preview version for Windows 7 as well, the only other operating system by the company that it will be released for. While Microsoft has not revealed any information about the final release date of IE10 for Windows 7, it is very likely that it will be released in the near future.
Update: Internet Explorer 10 and 11 were released for Windows 7 and Windows 8 in the meantime.
What we do know is that Internet Explorer 10 will be delivered to users of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 as an important update via the operating system's automatic update feature. What this means, basically, is that it will be installed on most Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 systems automatically without user interaction.
The Toolkit [update: no longer available] to disable automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 10 has been created by Microsoft to give individuals and businesses the means to block IE10 from being automatically installed on computer systems it is installed on. The Blocker Toolkit prevents the installation of Internet Explorer 10 via Windows Update and Microsoft Updates sites, but not the manual installation of the web browser, for instance by downloading it from Microsoft's Download Center or external media.
Microsoft notes that it is necessary to run the program on systems where IE8 or IE9 Blocker Toolkits are already deployed on to prevent the installation of Internet Explorer 10, as different Registry keys are used to block those installations.
Simply run the program after you have downloaded it from Microsoft's download site. You will be presented with the end user agreement first which you need to accept to continue.
You are then asked to pick a location to extract files to. Once done, open an elevated command prompt with a click on Start, typing cmd, right-clicking cmd.exe and selecting run as administrator from the context menu.
Here you need to navigate to the path you extracted the files to using the cd (change directory) command followed by the full path information, e.g. cd c:\users\martin\downloads\
Run the command ie10_blocker.cmd /B and hit enter to set the blocker on the machine. This creates the new Registry key value DoNotAllowIE10 and sets its value to 1 under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Setup\10.0.
To deploy Internet Explorer 10 at a later time on a system it has been initially blocked on, delete the key.Advertisement
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