Microsoft releases IE 10 update blocker; IE 10 launch imminent?

Microsoft has released a blocking tool for business who wish to prevent Automatic Update from installing Internet Explorer 10 on their Windows 7 machines. This certainly shows that IE10 is very close to release for all Windows 7 users.

The tool is officially named the “Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 10” and it enables users to stop the automatic installation of IE 10 through Windows Update. The new browser will be distributed via Windows Update as an “Important” update.

According to Microsoft this tool is only for computers running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The toolkit doesn’t expire but it won’t prevent users from manually installing the browser. And of course organizations that employ Microsoft’s extended solutions such as Windows Server Update Services don’t need to use this blocker as they already have full control over what updates get installed.

A preview version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 was released late last year but with the launch of this tool it seems very probable the final version will be out in just a matter of days, and you can grab the IE 10 blocking toolkit here.

Source: Winsupersite

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Anybody ever figure out what the other service is that runs in task manager when using IE10?

When I tried it back when it was first available, any searches I used didn't find anything.

IE10 causes severe graphics distortion in Firefox on some Windows 7 systems. Only "fix" is to disable Direct2D support in Firefox, which of course causes some other issues. Even uninstalling IE10 won't solve the problem, as it is breaking something fundamental in the OS. I had the problem here, only way I could resolve it was to completely reinstall Win7 and NOT install the IE10 Preview.

qdave said,
Would rather have ie10 ad blocker than update blocker

... then enable Tracking Protection Lists ...

IE9 and IE10 have adblock built-in.

so what the big deal about IE10 anyway?
what this new IE10 can't do that only previous IE can do that warrant the blockery ?

Its for enterprise environments. Usually they have to certify the new browser before its pushed. For IE9 to IE10, I doubt there would be any problems, but people once coded webpages solely for IE6 and companies would be hosed updating to IE7 (although IE7 did try compatibility views)

If the time between previous IE blocker kits being released (IE7, 8 9), and their respective actual browser's being released, is anything to go by, we expect IE10 to be released either right at the end of Feb, or at the beginning of March. There was some evidence that it might have been released yesterday on "Patch Tuesday" to coincide with a couple of critical IE patches, but sadly this turned out not to be the case.

More thoughts about the possible IE10 release date for Windows 7 here: http://blog.mid.as/2013/02/01/...xplorer-10-on-windows-7-is/

Timble said,
IE 10 was released on 26 October 2012. It's only the legacy port that hasn't come out yet. ;-)

Second line;
"This certainly shows that IE10 is very close to release for all Windows 7 users."

As the toolkit has been available for a couple of weeks, it already cancels the "imminent" out of the IE10 release. When that happens.

I think the IE10 Release-To-Web date is close, though.

ajua said,
As the toolkit has been available for a couple of weeks, it already cancels the "imminent" out of the IE10 release. When that happens.

I think the IE10 Release-To-Web date is close, though.

It's imminent from this date forward I blame Paul Thurrott tbh lol

I think it is imminent because they usually release the blocker tools a few weeks before to give people some time to prepare. Two weeks have passed. So anytime now.