Internet Explorer 11 is being delivered through Automatic Updates in Windows 7. But if you do not want to update to Internet Explorer 11, then you can block the Internet Explorer 11 from being installed in Windows 7. This is done through a blocker toolkit available from the Microsoft. After you install this block kit, Internet Explorer 11 would be blocked in the Automatic Updates of Windows 7. Here is how you can use this Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Toolkit:
- Download Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Toolkit from Microsoft website at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40722.
- The downloaded file is named IE11_BlockerToolkit.EXE. After downloading the file, run it and accept the end user license agreement. Then choose the location where you want to extract the files.
- Three files would be extracted – IE11_Blocker.adm, IE11_Blocker.cmd and IE11_BlockerHelp.htm. You can open the HTML file in your web browser and read the instruction on using the CMD script. The ADM file is group policy administrative template that can be used to add this feature in the Group Policy, but it is not necessary.
- Open an elevated command prompt as explained here.
- In the command prompt, change the directory with the help of the CD command to the directory where you extracted the files in step 2.
- Type IE11_Blocker.cmd /B in the command prompt and press Enter to block the automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 11.
- If at any later time you decide to allow Windows Automatic Update to deliver Internet Explorer 11, then you can remove the Blocker Toolkit using the command line IE11_Blocker.cmd /U. Although the Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Kit stops Windows Automatic Update to deliver Internet Explorer 11, you can still install Internet Explorer 11 manually by downloading it from the Microsoft website.