IE9 Automatic Upgrades Coming to Windows 7 and Vista Users, Just IE8 for XP

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2011 08:12 Written by admin Thursday, 15 December 2011 08:12

Microsoft will start upgrading Windows 7 and Windows Vista users to Internet Explorer 9 as of January 2012. Only Vista customers that have upgraded to SP2 will receive IE9, with the other being offered IE8.
Since IE9 is not supported on Windows XP, users still running this OS will also receive IE8 automatically. Delivery will be done through Windows Update.

Today we are sharing our plan to automatically upgrade Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer available for their PC. This is an important step in helping to move the Web forward. We will start in January for customers in Australia and Brazil who have turned on automatic updating via Windows Update. Similar to our release of IE9 earlier this year, we will take a measured approach, scaling up over time.
As always, when upgrading from one version of Internet Explorer to the next through Windows Update, the user’s home page, search provider, and default browser remains unchanged.
Good for Consumers, Developers and Enterprises
The Web overall is better – and safer – when more people run the most up-to-date browser. Our goal is to make sure that Windows customers have the most up-to-date and safest browsing experience possible, with the best protections against malicious software such as malware.
For consumers, the safety benefits are one of the key reasons that the industry has been moving towards automatic updates as the norm
. This is increasingly important since the biggest online threat these days is socially engineered malware, which typically targets outdated software like Web browsers. The latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report
, which is based on data from over 600 million systems in over 100 countries, is good reading to give you a sense of risks that stem from outdated software.
We want to make updating to the best protection possible as fast and simple as we can for Windows customers. IE is how millions of Windows customers connect to the Web, so keeping that part of Windows updated at all times is critical to keeping them safe online. With automatic updates enabled through Windows Update, customers can receive IE9 and future versions of Internet Explorer seamlessly without any “update fatigue
” issues.
Wider deployment of the most up-to-date browser benefits the Web in other ways as well. Developers and online businesses can rely on better browsers to deliver richer and more capable Web experiences. We built IE9 with a focus on modern web standards and interoperability
 so that developers could spend less time coding for specific browsers and spend more time building the next big thing on the Web. More of the Web running an HTML5 capable browser, vs. something built ten years ago
, is a great thing for developers and the businesses they support.
Respecting Customer Choice and Control
While the benefits of upgrading are numerous, we recognize that some organizations and individuals may want to opt-out and set their own upgrade pace
. One of the things we’re committed to as we move to auto updates is striking the right balance for consumers and enterprises – getting consumers the most up-to-date version of their browser while allowing enterprises to update their browsers on their schedule. The Internet Explorer 8
 and Internet Explorer 9
 Automatic Update Blocker toolkits prevent automatic upgrades of IE for Windows customers who do not want them. Of course, we firmly believe that IE9 is the most compelling browser for business customers
, and we want them to make the decision to upgrade
 at their convenience
Similarly, customers who have declined previous installations of IE8 or IE9 through Windows Update will not be automatically updated. Customers have the ability to uninstall
 updates and continue to receive support for the version of IE that came with their copy of Windows. And similar to organizations, consumers can block
 the update all together and upgrade
 on their own. Finally, future versions of IE will provide an option in the product for consumers to opt out of automatic upgrading.
Peter Clarke, Chief Technology Officer for the Isle of Man government, recently talked about the importance of approach in moving the Web forward, while respecting customer choice:
“Getting people to use the latest browser version has many benefits, chief among them is that newer browsers have better security features and keep users safer. The Internet Explorer team’s balanced approach to helping people move to the latest version is a good idea. Not only does it help individual users, it also takes into consideration the needs of enterprises.”
Jeremiah Grossman, Chief Technology Officer and founder of WhiteHat Security
 agrees as well, saying…
“Automatic updates are a very good idea based on every piece of security research I’ve seen. Keeping software up to date – particularly Web browsers – is critical for online security. With that in mind, I’m pleased that Microsoft is moving toward an automatic update model, particularly since their approach balances the needs of enterprise customers who still need a mechanism to manage software updates.”
We are excited to help make the Web better by upgrading Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer.
Ryan Gavin 
General Manager, Internet Explorer Business and MarketingTags: Internet Explorer

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Platform Update for Windows Vista Disappears in Vista to Vista Upgrades

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 December 2009 01:15 Written by Mire_B Thursday, 17 December 2009 01:15

Functionality in KB 971644 – “Platform Update for Windows Vista” is lost when upgrading from one Vista edition to another

When upgrading from one Vista edition to another Vista edition, the functionality in KB 971644 – “Platform Update for Windows Vista” may be lost. This scenario occurs when the original Vista edition had KB 971644 installed.

When upgrading from one edition of Windows Vista with KB 971644 – “Platform Update for Windows Vista” to another edition of Windows Vista (for example, upgrading from Professional to Ultimate), the registry keys added by KB 971644 will be removed from the registry and pre-existing binaries which were updated by Windows 7 IP will be replaced with the non-updated versions provided by the new edition of Vista. New binaries introduced by KB 971644 that did not previously exist in Windows Vista will remain but without their corresponding registry key entries.

To resolve this issue, reinstall the KB 971644 – “Platform Update for Windows Vista” update after upgrading to the new edition.

The following scenario is provided as an example of this behavior.


1. The user has installed Windows Vista Home Premium edition with appropriate service packs

2. The user then installs KB 971644 – “Platform Update for Windows Vista”

3. Later, the user upgrades to Windows Vista Ultimate edition with appropriate service packs


· KB 971644 – “Platform Update for Windows Vista” is overwritten on the system

o All KBs related to KB 971644 under “Installed Update” entries are removed

o Pre-existing Vista binaries that were updated by KB are replaced with the pre-KB 97164 versions provided in the Vista upgrade.

o New binaries introduced to Vista through KB 971644 will remain unchanged in the system folders

o All registry keys for all binaries in KB 971644 are deleted

· Upgraded Windows Vista functions normally but KB 971644 functionality is no longer available.

Required Steps to restore functionality:

1. Re-install the KB 971644 – “Platform Update for Windows Vista” update .


All KB 971644 updates are applied and KB 971644 functionality is available to the upgraded system.

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Upgrade stops responding (hangs) at 62% when you upgrade Vista to Windows 7

Last Updated on Wednesday, 4 November 2009 10:15 Written by Mire_B Wednesday, 4 November 2009 10:13

There is now an automatic fix for this problem: KB975253.

Important Do not use this resolution if the upgrade stops responding at a percentage other than 62% or if the log entries are not logged.

Fix it for Me

To fix this problem automatically, restart the computer where the upgrade to Windows 7 fails at 62%. Your computer will roll back to Windows Vista. Either download the following fix to a flash drive or to a CD or return to this article on the machine where the upgrade fails. If you return to this article on the machine where you experience this problem, click the Fix this problem link. Click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.

Fix this problem
Microsoft Fix it 50319

Note this wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

Note If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD, and then you can run it on the computer that has the problem.

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