Louis Shanks again with some information about the IE 8 Blocker Toolkit along with tips on how to troubleshoot some anticipated issues...
To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, Microsoft will distribute Windows Internet Explorer 8 as a high-priority update through Automatic Updates for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and higher, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 SP2 for x64 and x86, Windows Vista for x64 and x86, Windows Vista SP1 for x64 and x86, and Windows Server 2008 for x64 and x86. The IE 8 Blocker Toolkit is intended for organizations that would like to block automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 8 to machines in environments where Automatic Updates is enabled.
The Blocker Toolkit also contains a batch file that will allow you to set the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Setup\8.0 registry key outside of using a GPO. If you simply open the IE8blocker.cmd from Command line, you should see the available switches; See image below:
As you can see, the script accepts a machine name and a switch to block or unblock a machine.
The customer is free to modify the script to meet their needs. However, supportability does not go beyond what is already included in the IE 8 Blocker Toolkit.
Most customers will not contact Microsoft needing help with the blocker toolkit. The most common situation will be if customers fail to utilize the IE 8 blocker toolkit, allowing IE8 to be installed globally before they have fully tested and are prepared to support IE8 within their infrastructure.
Below is a set of useful links that to assist customer to help them in the removal of IE 8:
1) How to uninstall, or remove Internet Explorer 8. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957700
2) If the customer happened to have installed Internet Explorer 8 then applied a service pack they will need to read: You cannot uninstall Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 after you install Windows XP Service Pack 3 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950719
title Internet Explorer 8 Uninstaller
if exist %windir%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe goto uninstall
if not exist %windir%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe goto end
echo IE8 installation available...
echo Uninstalling IE8 from your PC...
echo Please wait, this may take several minutes depending on your computer.
%windir%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe /quiet /norestart
echo IE8 has been uninstalled from your PC.
echo You need to reboot your computer to complete the removal.
echo Internet Explorer will not function correctly unless you reboot.
echo Please save and close any open files!!!!
echo !! Any unsaved data will be lost !!
echo Press Enter to reboot your computer.
pause > nul
shutdown -r -t 15
echo Internet Explorer 8 not found.
echo Press Enter to exit from the setup.
FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-8*.mum /c "cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart"
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