Windows Internet Explorer 7 to be distributed via WSUS February 12,2008

On February 12, 2008 Microsoftwill release the Windows Internet Explorer 7 Installation and Availabilityupdate to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) marked as an Update Rolluppackage. Windows Internet Explorer 7 Installation and Availability Update is acomplete installation package that will upgrade machines running InternetExplorer 6 to Windows Internet Explorer 7. Microsoft Knowledge Base article 940767 contains moreinformation on the Windows Internet Explorer 7 Installation and AvailabilityUpdate.


Description of the WindowsInternet Explorer 7 Installation and Availability Update


Customers who have configuredWSUS to "auto-approve" Update Rollup packages – which is notthe default configuration – will automatically upgrade machines runningInternet Explorer 6 to Windows Internet Explorer 7 after February 12, 2008 andconsequently, may want to read KB 946202 to manage how and when this update is installed.

Windows Internet Explorer 7 tobe distributed via WSUS February 12, 2008; May require administrator action tomanage the rollout


Customers will need to take actionif:

· They use WSUS to manage updates in their organization.

· They have Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computers orWindows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based computers that have InternetExplorer 6 installed.

· They do not want to upgrade Internet Explorer 6 machines toWindows Internet Explorer 7 at this time.

· They have configured WSUS to auto-approve Update Rollups forinstallation.


This information onlyapplies to distribution via WSUS. Most territories already receiveInternet Explorer 7 through automatic update. Also, the InternetExplorer 7 Blocker Toolkit only applies to distribution via automaticupdate so customers who use WSUS and have previously deployed the blockertoolkit will want to read KB 946202.

Postponingthe Windows Internet Explorer 7 Deployment

If you have configured WSUS toautomatically approve Update Rollups, but you do not want to automaticallyinstall Windows Internet Explorer 7 via WSUS when it is released on February12, 2008, you will need to disable this auto-approval rule before February 12,2008. Once the rule is disabled, you can synchronize the Windows InternetExplorer 7 package to your WSUS server by using the steps outlined below. Oncethe Windows Internet Explorer 7 package has been synchronized to the server, itwill not be automatically approved when you switch your auto-approval rule backon.”


Note This does not apply to Windows Vista because WindowsInternet Explorer 7 is a component of Windows Vista