On Wednesday, November 1st, IE6 users may begin to get force-fed IE7 via Windows Updates. If you don’t want to be force-fed IE7 here a few things you can do:
- Don’t install SP2 for Windows XP
- Remove or don’t install WGA
- Select the options to review before installing Windows Updates
- Follow the steps in my How to Block IE7 Auto-Update post
Also on Wednesday, Firefox 184.108.40.206 is tentatively scheduled for release While this build will be mostly bug and regressions fixes, it is going to implement the minor/major upgrade feature. If you are waiting on installing Firefox 2 until the ‘dust settles’ then upgrade to this version. By upgrading to Firefox 220.127.116.11 you will be notified or auto-upgraded (major) to Firefox 2 when Mozilla activates this feature (sometime after the Firefox 18.104.22.168 build is released).
If you chose to decline the upgrade to Firefox 2 you will not be prompted to upgrade to Firefox 2 again. Note: You can always upgrade on your own by downloading Firefox 2 and installing it yourself. Once you decline the Firefox 2 (major) upgrade, you will instead be notified or auto-updated (if enabled) to the next (minor) upgrade for that build (if there is one it would be Firefox 22.214.171.124).
Tip: If you want control (prompted vs auto-updated) over Firefox updates follow these directions:
- From Tools Menu, select ‘Options…‘
- Click the Advanced tab
- Click the Update tab below
- Look for ‘When updates to Firefox are found: ‘ and be sure the button for ‘Ask me what I want to do‘ is clicked