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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Internet Explorer 10
Prevent Automatic Install


Hey! Microsoft! Yes, YOU over there!!!  What's with this IE-10 as an Important Update stuff!!

Sigh. . . .

Yep, it's that time again.  IE-10, (the Windows 8 version of IE), has now been released for Windows 7 et.al., and, as usual, we need to patch the registry to prevent it from being automagically installed.

Here's the patch.  Copy this to notepad, and save it as Do Not Allow IE-10.reg

Double click the newly created file, dismiss the UAC by selecting "yes", let it do it's nefarious task, and reboot.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Setup\10.0]
And that's it.

This file should update the registry properly - however it didn't work at first on my Win7 Home Premium and Professional boxes.  I installed the key manually, and then exported it.  Even though there was no visible difference, the newly exported file would properly install the key.  Your Mileage May Vary.

If you want to read more about it, here is the TechNet article that explains it.

Note that they're offering a "toolkit" executable that (supposedly) does this for you, though I'd rather do the registry hack myself if you don't mind!

What I'd really like to see, is for Microsoft to stop releasing IE updates as "Important" updates. . .

What say ye?

Jim (JR)

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