This toolkit will stop IE8 from installing itself on your system through Windows Automatic Update.
IE8 will be officially available through Windows Update in April. By that time, IE6 and IE7 will be automatically updated to IE8 if you choose to install the updates automatically. You do have the option to choose to install your updates manually and uncheck the IE8 update, but that might also mean that people who don’t want to install IE8 yet might accidentally miss that step and got it installed.
The safe way to do this is to use Microsoft’s Blocker Toolkit. This Blocker Toolkit is intended for organizations that would like to block automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 8 to machines in environments where Automatic Updates is enabled. The Blocker Toolkit will not expire.
I’m looking for a way to disable the Update available message for Internet Explorer 8. It keeps saying I have new updates available and I don’t want to install Internet Explorer 8, and I am being forced to see this message over and over. It’s categorized as Important, so I can’t get rid of it by setting “only important” updates for notification. I hate Microsoft.
I uninstalled ie8 from my new win7, but windows update keep reminding me about critical updates to ie8.
Why do I need update to a program I don’t have ?
I think M$ are playing dirty.
Thomas J says
Hopefully you have sorted out your problem by now.
If not or for any future readers following this thread here is the solution.
1) Go to The MICROSOFT Update Page, Via Internet Explorer
2) If you have previously stopped IE8 before it SHOULD now be listed in “CUSTOM” so click custom, (If its not in custom then it will be in Express)
Then on the left panel click “SOFTWARE – OPTIONAL” and scroll down to Internet Explorer 8.
Now EXPAND it via the plus sign. And you will see a check box called “Don’t Show This Update Again”……………….
Tick this box ………..Job Done.
If you have not previously stopped IE8 before it is possible to do this by “EXPRESS” instead of “CUSTOM” but you may have a very long list , so imo it is better to use the custom method. SO REFUSE IE8 FIRST then try this method
Lastly I use this method to stop what I dont like including WMP 11………..
Hope this is useful for all yours Thomas J
Thanks for the tip, Thomas!
Thanks Thomas, worked a treat.
Thomas J says
No Problem David, Great To Hear Aaahza.
One more tip for all , Hopefully you all know about The IE 7 PRO Add on. For those of us who prefer IE7 this is a excellent add on to work with IE7. The crash Recovery Feature is 20 times better than IE8 and I do like the other options .
INTERNET EXPLORER 7 I LIKE YOU BETTER THAN 8
The only thing I hate is grab and drag, within 2 minutes I knew I would hate this feature so I disabled it.
Ok here is the link,
And of course you would do your own research. if you have the IE7 PRO add on already , Or have already tried it and disliked it. All is still well and good. All I am trying to do is pass on some information……..
Hope This is useful For All
Looks great, Thomas. It has lots of features which firefox users would usually get through installing different extensions. Does it only work with IE7, not IE8?
Thomas J says
Its called IE7 Pro. Because when it was launched it was seen as the perfect compliment to IE7. (Dont forget IE8 & IE9 Did Not Exist Then)
But yes it works with IE6 , IE7 & IE8. When installed right/left click the icon on the bottom right Status Bar and hey presto.
However I have to be honest I have found that it works best with IE7. When I had IE8 and IE7 PRO they just didn’t perform as well together. but for me IE8 by itself didn’t perform that good anyway.
I had a advantage in that I was using IE7 PRO with IE7 first , with IE8 sometimes it does not save tab history or sessions properly, or restore all tabs sessions, and don’t get me started on the crash recovery lol.
That is why I reverted back to IE7 and hence how I came to this site originally. On the Firefox issue I agree with you, but I am sure you are like me , In having different Browsers Ie-
Firefox, Google Chrome, and IE7 and IE7 is my 3rd choice.
( I have also dabbled with CometBird, Advant & Opera )
Thomas J says
I am enjoying this website and I guess I have now become a member. I am currently browsing the Software section
Heya Thomas, glad to see you joining the party 🙂
Now that the Windows Update page doesn’t exist, you have to do it through the Windows Update program.
Now all you have to do is right-click the unwanted update and click “hide update”
Took me a while to figure this out, but I guess MS made it easy enough.