| By Susan Bradley |
This week, I’ll show you how to prevent the automatic deployment of Silverlight and a new build of Internet Explorer 7 throughout your company via Microsoft’s WSUS utility.
Optional software isn’t mandatory, and I urge you to skip the Silverlight download in particular unless you have a specific need for the software.
Preventing auto-install of the new IE 7
For many administrators who have not yet deployed Internet Explorer 7, the word that a new build of this browser version would be automatically deployed this week through WSUS (Windows Software Update Services) caused many to ask me how to block it. People may have nothing against IE 7, but they need their company’s users to continue using IE 6 or the current version of IE 7 for compatibility with certain older apps.
Microsoft has provided a “blocker toolkit” to prevent the new build of IE 7 from being offered to users. The kit is available from, and documented at, Microsoft’s Download Center.
The toolkit has two parts. The first part is for administrators and includes a group policy administrative template (an .adm file) to block the deployment of IE7.
Also included in the bundle is a script that adds a Registry key: