Microsoft will distribute Internet Explorer 7 as a high-priority update
via Automatic Updates for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 soon after
the final version of the browser is released (planned for fourth
quarter 2006). Microsoft is making a non-expiring Blocker Toolkit
available for those organizations that would like to block automatic
delivery of Internet Explorer 7 to machines in environments where
Automatic Updates is enabled.
- The Blocker Toolkit will prevent machines from
receiving Internet Explorer 7 as a high-priority update via Automatic
Updates and the “Express” install option on the Windows Update and
Microsoft Update sites. The Blocker Toolkit will not expire.
Blocker Toolkit will not prevent users from manually installing
Internet Explorer 7 as a Recommended update from the Windows Update or
Microsoft Update sites, from the Microsoft Download Center, or from
- Organizations do not need to deploy the
Blocker Toolkit in environments managed with an update management
solution such as Windows Server Update Services or Systems Management
Server 2003. Organizations can use those products to fully manage
deployment of updates released through Windows Update and Microsoft
Update, including Internet Explorer 7, within their environment.
See the “Additional Information” section below for detailed
instructions on configuring and deploying the Blocker Toolkit. The same
information is also provided in the Help file included in the download.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.
So if you don't want to be forced to run IE 7, download this toolkit from Microsoft.