Tools for Internet Explorer 9

IT professionals in enterprises have unique requirements to deploy, manage, and support the web browser that runs on user desktops. The following tools support IT pros in the enterprise:

  • Blocker Toolkit. The Blocker Toolkit allows IT pros to block Windows® Internet Explorer® 9 installation through Automatic Updates. This toolkit helps them to manage when and how to deploy Internet Explorer 9 in the organization. For example, they can test application compatibility before deployment.

  • Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK). IT pros can use the IEAK to create custom, branded versions of Internet Explorer 9 that they can deliver as standalone packages or with other software and services. They do not need to install an operating system at the same time, and they can update customizations and branding without reinstalling Internet Explorer 9.

  • Unattend Settings. By using an Unattend.xml file during Windows 7 installation, IT pros can customize Internet Explorer 9 during operating system installation. Settings that they can customize include the home page, favorites, search providers, feeds, Accelerators, Web Slices, and settings for top result searches.

    The following table shows settings that are new in Internet Explorer 9.

    New Internet Explorer setting



    Specifies whether the TopResult feature is used with search requests.


    Specifies the complete URL of the page that shows the TopResult search results.

    The following table shows changes in existing Internet Explorer settings.

    Changed setting

    Description of setting

    Description of change


    Specifies whether the Favorites bar appears.

    The default value is changed to false.


    Specifies whether the Command bar appears.

    The default value is changed to false.


    Specifies whether the Status bar appears.

    The default value is changed to false.


    Specifies whether small icons on the Command Bar are used.

    The default value is changed to true.

    For more information about Unattend.xml, see the Windows Automated Installation Kit.

  • Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT). The ACT contains tools and documentation for evaluating and mitigating application compatibility issues before deploying Windows 7. ACT includes the Internet Explorer Compatibility Test Tool (IECTT) to analyze Internet and intranet websites for potential compatibility issues. The IECTT events in ACT 5.6 continue to apply to organizations that are migrating from Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7 to Internet Explorer 9. For more information, see Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit.

  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5. Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5 discovers and reports on deployed web browsers, Microsoft ActiveX® controls, and add-ons. For more information, see the Microsoft Assessment Planning Toolkit.