| By Susan Bradley |
Microsoft has begun presenting Internet Explorer 8 as an available update to PCs that previously hid IE 8 from the update list.
If you’ve previously declined and hidden IE 8 in one of Microsoft’s update services, you’ll need to do so again to prevent the browser from being part of the download list.
The return of the Internet Explorer 8 download
On Aug. 25, Microsoft repackaged the IE 8 download, bundling with it all of IE 8’s cumulative updates and patches for Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003, and Server 2008.
The new patch bundle is being pushed out to PCs over a period of time via Microsoft Update, Windows Update, and WSUS (Windows Server Update Services). At present, the bundle is being offered even to systems that were previously configured to (1) scan for patches manually only and (2) hide IE 8 from the update list.
If your system didn’t have Automatic Updates (AU) completely disabled, Windows was set to one of three AU modes: download and install updates automatically, download updates but notify you before installing, or notify you when updates are ready but don’t download and install.
In any of those three modes, Internet Explorer 8 may not have been “pushed” to your PC via Microsoft’s update services — yet. However, you should expect that to change very soon, and IE 8 will be listed as an available update, even if you’ve declined and hidden it from the list in the past.