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Avoiding Microsoft’s Upcoming Automatic Internet Explorer 7.0 Update

October 26, 2006 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

Since the current versions of much of our assistive technology do not yet fully support Internet Explorer 7.0, most blind and visually impaired users may want to avoid installing the browser upgrade at this time. See IEBlog : IE7 to be distributed via Automatic Updates! for more details on Microsoft’s plans for providing this update.

In the meantime, follow these steps to avoid the automatic update on Windows 2000, 2003 or XP:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Point to Settings and choose Control Panel.
  3. Choose Automatic Updates.
  4. The default setting is to automatically update without prompting. Select one of the following options instead:

    • Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them.
    • Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them.
  5. Click OK.

Note: You will now be notified before any updates are installed. Watch the list and uncheck Internet Explorer 7 when it appears.

Categories: Microsoft

2 opinions on “Avoiding Microsoft’s Upcoming Automatic Internet Explorer 7.0 Update

  1. Darrell,

    You do not need to make these changes to avoid installation of IE7. Even if you have automatic updates configured to install updates automatically, IE7 is going to present you with a screen asking if you want to install the software, install it later, or not install it. The blog post you point readers to states in part:

    Of course we want to make sure you are ready to upgrade, so AU will notify you when IE7 is ready to install by presenting a welcome screen. You can choose whether or not to install it; IE7 will not install without your consent.

  2. Hi Darrell and Kelly. I have already made the necessary changes in Control Panel. BTW, Kelly I listened to your chat with Jeff Bishop of The Desert Skies podcast, regarding IE7 and it was interesting. One question though. I have been using IE6 and for a long time I’ve been experiencing a somewhat strange problem. When I am on a link and hit my Backspace key to go back, it doesn’t go back. Has this been fixed in the final release of IE7?

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