Microsoft - Internet Explorer 11 Administration Kit 11 and Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Toolkit

Last week we released Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 and an updated version of Internet Explorer Administration Kit 11, which can help you customize Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. To learn more about Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, I recommend reading the announcement on the IEBlog. Since Internet Explorer 11 will be delivered through Automatic Updates, I wanted to take this opportunity to also remind you about the availability of the Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Toolkit.

To help our customers stay up-to-date—taking advantage of modern web standards, improved security, and better performance—Microsoft will distribute Internet Explorer 11 as a high-priority update through Automatic Updates for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) x86 and x64, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 x64. For more information on this process, see Internet Explorer 11 Delivery Through Automatic Updates.

The Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Toolkit—like its predecessors for Internet Explorer 10, Internet Explorer 9, etc.—disables the automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 11. It is intended for organizations that would like to block the automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 11 to machines in environments where Automatic Updates are enabled, until they are ready to deploy Internet Explorer 11.

Here are some need-to-know details:

The Blocker Toolkit is not needed if you use other update management solutions, such as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or System Center Configuration Manager. It only applies to environments that use Automatic Updates via Windows Update or Microsoft Update.
The Blocker Toolkit will not prevent someone from downloading and installing Internet Explorer 11 manually.
All Blocker Toolkits are version-specific, so installing the Internet Explorer 10 Blocker Toolkit will not prevent Internet Explorer 11 from installing.
The Blocker Toolkit will not block automatic delivery to users on preview versions of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, ensuring these users benefit from security improvements in the final release.

The Blocker Toolkit contains two components, an executable blocker script and a Group Policy Administrative Template (.ADM file). Both create the registry entry "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
Internet Explorer\Setup\11.0\DoNotAllowInternet Explorer 11" with a value of "1" to block. To remove the block, run the script again or disable the policy. Note that if this policy is removed or set to "Not Configured," the registry setting will remain; the policy needs to be disabled to re-enable the automatic update for Internet Explorer 11. For more information, see the Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Toolkit FAQ and the IEBlog.

We encourage all customers to upgrade their browsers to the latest version as quickly as possible to benefit from numerous security, performance, and functionality improvements. If you are ready to make the move to Internet Explorer 11, make sure to visit and bookmark the Internet Explorer 11 TechCenter for step-by-step guidance and resources to help you explore, plan for, deploy, manage, and support Internet Explorer 11.

Fred Pullen

Fred Pullen is a Senior Product Marketing Manager for Internet Explorer. Fred joined Microsoft in 2003 as a TechNet and TS2 presenter, and most recently was a product planner for Windows Phone. He’s been checking email daily since 1983, but swears he can quit any time.


Internet Explorer Administration Kit 11 

Internet Explorer Administration Kit 11 (IEAK 11) simplifies the creation, deployment, and management of customized Internet Explorer 11 packages. It can be used to configure the out-of-box Internet Explorer 11 experience, and to manage user settings after deployment.

Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 11

The Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Toolkit enables users to disable automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 11 as an important class update via Automatic Updates (AU) feature of Windows Update