Blocking Internet Explorer updates

Posted by Christian Ashby on April 2, 2010

If you are developing websites, or simply don’t want to change browsers, you can stop Microsoft automatic update from installing IE 7 or IE 8 by installing the following updates from Microsoft:

Once run, they will extract files to the location of your choice, then you have to use an elevated command prompt and run the command with a /B switch (block) as follows:

IE70Blocker.cmd /B

You can revert to the normal state (allowing Microsoft / Windows Update to replace your browser) as follows:

IE70Blocker.cmd /U

Note that in order to keep IE6 you need to run both 7 and 8 blockers.

Then, you can keep your system completely up to date whilst maintaining the old-school browsers!


Windows XP – how long is there left?

Posted by Christian Ashby on March 3, 2010

It seems to be a common misunderstanding that Microsoft are dropping Windows XP in July this year. This is not the case! They are in fact dropping support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 only – not the entire operating system, so you need to upgrade to Service Pack 3 as soon as possible.

Microsoft in fact withdrew mainstream support for the XP operating system in April 2009, but they continue to support service packs until 24 months after they are released, which means Service Pack 3 will be retired from general support in April 2011 (it was released in 2008). However, Microsoft will continue to release security patches until April 2014, so you have plenty of time to upgrade. For more information see the Microsoft Site.

If you have problems with installing the service packs, or any other questions, please contact us – we’ll happily give you advice over the phone, and if necessary we can fix your machine for you – at a time and price that suits you.