Internet Explorer 7 automatic installation via WSUS today

You may find that your XP and Server 2003 machines running Internet Explorer 6 are upgraded to version 7 today if you have a certain set of things in place:

  • You use WSUS to manage updates in your organization.
  • You have Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computers or Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based computers that have Internet Explorer 6 installed.
  • You have configured WSUS to auto-approve Update Rollups for installation (this is not the default configuration)

If for some reason you do not want to install Internet Explorer 7 (such as it causes problems with an intranet or extranet application) then you need to take some remedial action to prevent this installation from taking place. Read on to find out how to check if this will happen and stop it if this is not what you want.

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