IE11 for Windows 7 update blocker released

In July, Microsoft released a "developer version" of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 to the general public, followed by a Release Preview build in September. This week, Microsoft launched a new program that could be a clue that the company is very close to a final, non-beta, IE11 Windows 7 release.

Microsoft now has the Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Toolkit available to download from its site. The program has been set up mostly so that businesses can block automatic downloads of IE11, if those companies feel they are not yet ready to upgrade their older versions of Internet Explorer on their network. The toolkit, which also supports Windows Server 2008 R2, does not block manual downloads of IE11.

Microsoft states:

Even if you used the Blocker Toolkit to block Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, or Internet Explorer 10 from being installed as a high-priority or important update, you will still need to use the Internet Explorer 11 version of the Blocker Toolkit to block Internet Explorer 11 from being installed. There are different registry keys used to block or unblock automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11.

The fact that Microsoft has released this program is a likely sign that the launch of the final, non-preview, version of IE11 for Windows 7 is close at hand. It's more than possible that it will be made available next week, around the same time that Windows 8.1 will launch.

Source: Microsoft via Windows Observer | Image via Microsoft

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ok, I had 2 issues in ie11 that were resolved by me going back to ie10, many many websites were broken for me and would not work properly, many sites that had flash videos I wanted to play said I had to upgrade to latest flash (even though everything was up to date). Also, I found that ie11 suffered from the google search-back bug, a lot of time after a google search, if I clicked back it would go back to a blank screen, and not the initial search results. After going back to ie10, both these issues are NO more. Go figure, lol

The Tuesday patch worked just fine for me, still amazingly stable and responsive.
As for the final release, let's just hope it's not the FINAL final release, if you catch my drift...

Good idea. IE11 isn't compatible with many sites having a flash (where flash object is created dynamically). I have a problem with a google search too (sometimes search box is very small, you can see only two-three words, than scrolling is necessary).

cpu said,
Good idea. IE11 isn't compatible with many sites having a flash (where flash object is created dynamically). I have a problem with a google search too (sometimes search box is very small, you can see only two-three words, than scrolling is necessary).

With regards to the whole Google search box. I thought that was just me on a Windows 8.1 install so IE11 is the stock. Hadn't bothered to work out what was what as I also use Chrome. But at least now I know thanks.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
Its hard to believe there are buffoons out there using internet explorer 6 still.

Blame all developers that bough the "activex is the future" stuff.

I had the release preview installed and running perfectly but after the cumulative update patch Tuesday, it crashed and burned frequently. Uninstalled and running fine again using IE 9. Never liked IE10.

IE11 was good, until Tuesday!

cork1958 said,
Uninstalled and running fine again using IE 9. Never liked IE10.

Isn't IE10 (and 11) interface-identical to 9??