Windows users who would like to disable the automatic delivery of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 browser via Automatic Updates (AU) feature of Windows Update (WU) can now do so.
The company has made available for download a toolkit to disable this automatic delivery of IE10, available for all systems running Windows 7 SP1 and higher and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and higher.
Regardless of whether the platform is running on a x86 or a x64 architecture, Microsoft will push IE10 through the Automatic Update feature so as to ensure that its customers are kept up to date at all times.
However, users who do not want to receive the browser this way can now download the aforementioned toolkit to ensure that the Automatic Update functionality does not install it.
Through the Blocker Toolkit, all Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 machines will prevent IE10 arrival through both Windows Update and Microsoft Update sites.
However, users who would still like to download the browser will perform the installation manually from the Microsoft Download Center, or from external media.
Microsoft also explains that organizations do not need to deploy the Blocker Toolkit in environments that are being managed through an update management solution such as Windows Server Update Services or Systems Management Server 2003.
“Organizations can use those products to fully manage deployment of updates released through Windows Update and Microsoft Update, including Internet Explorer 10, within their environment,” the software company notes.
Users who had the Blocker Toolkit installed on their machines to prevent the automatic installation of Internet Explorer 8 or Internet Explorer 9 are still required to use the Internet Explorer 10 version to ensure that the latest browser release is not downloaded on their computers.
“There are different registry keys used to block or unblock automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10,” Microsoft explains.
The Toolkit to disable automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 10 can be found on this page on Softpedia.