Firefox & IE7 Force Feeding

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 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 you will be notified or auto-upgraded (major) to Firefox 2 when Mozilla activates this feature (sometime after the Firefox 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

Tip: If you want control (prompted vs auto-updated) over Firefox updates follow these directions:

  1. From Tools Menu, select ‘Options…
  2. Click the Advanced tab
  3. Click the Update tab below
  4. Look for ‘When updates to Firefox are found: ‘ and be sure the button for ‘Ask me what I want to do‘ is clicked

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