[Crosspost to Windows Update & IE General newsgroups; Follow-up set to IE
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 donít install.
Users who decline the automatic update can still download it from
or from Windows Update as an optional update...
Source & more:
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.
Source & more: