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On December 15, 2011, Microsoft announced a plan for Windows customers to automatically upgrade Internet Explorer to the latest version that is available for the installed operating system version. This upgrade program started in January for customers who have Automatic Updates turned on. In the same manner as the Internet Explorer 9 upgrade was handled in 2011, this program is starting slowly and will accelerate over time to include more computers.
This move is intended to help make the web more secure for everybody. An up-to-date browser provides better security, a better browsing experience, the best protection against malicious software, and an improved ability to keep Internet Explorer current by using timely automated updates.
If you have to retain earlier versions of Internet Explorer for testing or other purposes, you can apply a workaround so that Internet Explorer is not automatically upgraded. To apply this workaround auotmatically, go to the Resolution section. To work around this issue yourself, go to the Fix it myself section.
To work around this issue automatically, click the Fix it button or link. Then, click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix it wizard for the appropriate software.
Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP SP3
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Internet Explorer 8 or Internet Explorer 7 on Windows 7 or on Windows Vista SP2
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Note This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
To work around this issue yourself, follow these steps.
Important This section contains steps to edit the registry. Serious problems can occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Use caution when you edit the registry. You should back up the registry before you follow these steps. If the problem occurs, you can restore the registry. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following link to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to restore and back up the registry in Windows
Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP SP3:
Internet Explorer 9 or Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7 or on Windows Vista SP2
After Internet Explorer is automatically upgraded, the following versions of Internet Explorer are installed:
Note If you are running one of the following versions of Windows, Internet Explorer will not be automatically upgraded: