This move is intended to help make the web more secure for everybody. An up-to-date browser provides better security, a better browsing experience, the best protection against malicious software, and an improved ability to keep Internet Explorer current by using timely automated updates.
If you have to retain earlier versions of Internet Explorer for testing or other purposes, you can apply a workaround so that Internet Explorer is not automatically upgraded. To apply this workaround auotmatically, go to the Resolutionsection. To work around this issue yourself, go to the Fix it myself section.
Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP SP3
Internet Explorer 8 or Internet Explorer 7 on Windows 7 or on Windows Vista SP2
Note This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
Important This section contains steps to edit the registry. Serious problems can occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Use caution when you edit the registry. You should back up the registry before you follow these steps. If the problem occurs, you can restore the registry. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following link to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP SP3:
- Start Registry Editor.
- Locate and then select the following registry subkey:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer \Setup\8.0
- Double-click the DoNotAllowIE80 registry entry, and then type 1 in the Value data box.
Note If the DoNotAllowIE80 registry entry does not exist, you must create it. To do this, point to New on the Edit menu, click DWORD Value, type DoNotAllowIE80, and then press Enter.
Internet Explorer 9 or Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7 or on Windows Vista SP2
- Start Registry Editor.
- Locate and then select the following registry subkey:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer \Setup\9.0
- Double-click the DoNotAllowIE90 registry entry, and then type 1 in the Value data box.
Note If the DoNotAllowIE90 registry entry does not exist, you must create it. To do this, point to New on the Edit menu, click DWORD Value, type DoNotAllowIE90, and then press Enter.
- Windows Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
- Windows Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)
- Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7 or on Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Note If you are running one of the following versions of Windows, Internet Explorer will not be automatically upgraded:
- Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows Server 2008
- Windows Server 2003
Article ID: 2695147 - Last Review: May 23, 2012 - Revision: 1