[crossposted to IE General for wider exposure]
=> IE8 Installation: the User is in Control
=> Prepare for Automatic Update distribution of IE8
Starting on or about the third week of April, users still running IE6 or IE7
on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008
will get will get a notification through Automatic Update about IE8. This
rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over time to the entire
user base. On Windows XP and Server 2003, the update will be [a]
High-Priority [update]. On Windows Vista and Server 2008 it will be [an]
IE8 will not automatically install on machines. Users must opt-in to install
IE8. Users will see a Welcome screen that offers choices: Ask later, install
now, or don't install.
Users who decline the automatic update can still download it from
or from Windows Update as an optional update...
=> Internet Explorer 8 Delivery through Automatic Updates
Automatic Updates will notify all such users (including those with Automatic
Updates configured to automatically download and install updates) when
Internet Explorer 8 has been downloaded and is ready to install. The
notification and installation process will not start unless and until a user
who is a local administrator logs on to the machine. Users who are not local
administrators will not be prompted to install the update and will thus
continue using Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7.
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
> I have Windows XP, SP3 and still use IE6.
> For months I have "hidden" the update for IE7 because I did not think
> it was "high Priority" even though WU said it was.
> Now Windows Update no longer says IE7 is critical but it says IE8 is.
> What is the general consensus: is IE8 now considered to be both high
> priority AND viable? Other threads in this group seem to think not.
> If IE8 IS high priority, can it be installed WITHOUT having installed