IE7: Install or Block


There are a lot of IT Professionals living under a rock. Some bothered to email me last night, in panic, that IE7 is going to be deployed on their systems without a choice. One guy even asked me to call him on his cell phone because he was powering down the systems in the morning to stop IE7 from automatically rolling out and breaking his LOB. No joke.

Uuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh. Folks. This stuff is your job. Following this stuff is your occupation. First of all, here is Microsoft’s official statement on why they are making IE7 a full download, for the from under the rock crowd, published on July 26, 2006:

To help customers become more secure and up-to-date, Microsoft will distribute Internet Explorer 7 as a high-priority update via Automatic Updates and the Windows Update and Microsoft Update sites. Internet Explorer 7 will be available for users of genuine Windows XP SP2, Windows XP 64-bit Edition, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

This announcement provides an overview of the delivery process and options available to IT Administrators to prevent delivery of Internet Explorer 7 to their organization through Automatic Updates. Customers wishing to block the delivery of Internet Explorer 7 into their organization should have blocking measures complete by November 1. Distribution of Internet Explore 7 by Automatic Updates will take several months to complete. Microsoft will revise this announcement with more information in the future.

Now, let’s say you want to block IE 7 for whatever reason. Well, Microsoft figured you might. So they published the IE 7 Blocker Toolkit. They even published a FAQ on it. Others have been screaming about it for a while. You can even get a step by step breakdowns from fellow MVP Sandi Hardmeier.

Listen, whether you hate or love Internet Explorer is one thing, thats a personal and professional preference. Ignoring the fact that its coming out, how its coming out, how its being deployed and the fact that you haven’t bothered to test it… is a problem. Please, get on the ball. 

13 Responses to IE7: Install or Block

  1. Jonah Ellis says:

    You still didn’t say if you installed it or not..

  2. richwalkup says:

    It’s a sad state of affairs when the technology consultants that we depend on every day to keep our businesses operational have their heads so far up their hind parts that they can’t see the light of day. Too bad this isn’t more of a forum format so at least we could single out the dolts from the professionals and be able to avoid them.

    I know that there is always something new to learn, but if you fall completely off the train in this industry you’re screwed. Technology is one train that doesn’t often circle back or slow down.

  3. CarlsonB says:

    This is why Firefox adoption has no chance, supposed system administrators are half a step behind the moms helping their kids learn how to read on the computer.

    No wonder we’re looked down on.

  4. KyleW says:

    “asked me to call him”

    What the fuck?? Are you now the concierge for the incompetent people too? Seriously dude that is just wrong you are far too nice. And I know you.

  5. Josh West says:

    I guess I’m in the dumbbucket as I had no idea there was a way to block IE updates. Thanks Vlad!

    Like you we will not be upgrading to IE7 before Vista. Far too many LOBs and issues to test and lets face it Microsoft has not been up to snuff lately.

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  7. NewBostonWebDesign says:

    IE7 is probably the best web browser Microsoft has ever released. Unfortunately, the reason so many “designers” loved IE was because it was so broken that it would interpret anything correctly. With those holes patched there will be many sites that will be breaking.

    Should have tested your LOBs.

  8. Sandi says:

    Hi Vlad,

    As somebody who has also been handling a flood of emails and whatnot about IE7, all I can say is GO VLAD! Its about time somebody got out the cluestick.

  9. XpressionNetworks says:

    My vote so far – blocked via group policy.

    There is going to be a virtual gold rush of idiots just waiting to be trampled. As evidenced by one IE patch after another being issued on monthly basis they have this far from figured out and we’ve been advising all of our customers on XP to remain on IE6 unless the LOB requires it – to be reviewed. We went through a nightmare with the ActiveX installation fiasco and have quite frankly lost faith in Internet Explorer beyond the need to use it.

    I’m not saying I’m giving Firefox a look but Microsoft will have to show results before we can let our customers have a leap of faith.

  10. theNerdGoddess says:

    Get FireFox and forget about this…The only thing that I love M$ for is screwing their software up – that is what makes us Windblows engineers money. I had to block this thing at work, naturally. I am seriously thinking about rolling out FF, on desktops at least. Out of all of the software theEvilEmpire has ever released – the only one that works and works as intended is Exchange. Run Windows at work, but *nix all the way at home 🙂

  11. Stop the madness says:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Setup\7.0]

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