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Disable automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 8 and 9 from Windows Update

If you’ve been following the news today, you’ve probably seen that, in January of 2012, Microsoft will start rolling out Internet Explorer (IE8 for XP, and IE9 for everything else) automatically to all PCs through Windows Update.  This is in an effort to better secure Internet-connected PC worldwide.

Missed the news?  We covered it here:  Be prepared for the Internet Explorer onslaught in 2012

Microsoft is serious about security.  In the link above, I go over some “other thoughts” as to why it make sense for Microsoft to do this.  So, take a look and let me know if you agree.  Incidentally, on the same day as this announcement, Microsoft also released some interesting stats on their product security for 2011.  You can check that out here: Microsoft security in 2011–how did they do?

OK, so the news has hit folks differently.  From an industry perspective, many are are giving their kudos for Microsoft’s decision, wondering why it took so long.  Where it counts, though, in the community trenches (IT professionals), the news isn’t as welcome, and many are already planning to block the automatic delivery of IE8 and IE9.

So, if you need or want to block the automatic delivery of Internet Explorer, you’ll need one or both of the following links.

Why two different downloads?  The IE8 toolkit is for Windows XP computers only, while the IE9 toolkit is for everything else.

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A community professional, keynoter, and evangelist who has driven social media and marketing strategies, editorial successes, delivered customer successes and built some of the largest and longest-running online communities. Rod has created, managed and grown small, medium, and mega-sized conferences; run entire editorial teams to deliver record traffic and market leadership; as product manager, directed the success of hundreds of product releases; supported sales and marketing to ensure customer success; developed, run and sold businesses; written thousands of technical articles, white papers, case studies, and technical documentation; hosted and delivered hundreds of attendance shattering webinars and virtual tradeshows; and delivered keynote speeches and sessions at a wide variety of events including conferences, webinars, events, and user groups.

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