Microsoft Web Browser Choice - IMPORTANT UPDATE

Microsoft Web Browser Choice - IMPORTANT UPDATE

Microsoft's Windows Update software patch will prompt users to choose a web browser from a choice of 12 browsers - what should you do?

What is happening?

Microsoft has released a Windows Update software patch that, when downloaded, will prompt users to choose a web browser from a choice of 12 browsers including Microsoft’s Internet Explorer version 8.

What should you do?

DIT recommends that you do not try to install any browser with this method as it could have an impact upon your computers performance.

For the majority of University supplied desktop PCs, you should not receive this update and therefore no action is required.

However, a limited number of University desktop, laptop and home systems may be impacted, particularly if the computer is setup to automatically download and install the latest Microsoft updates. Once this update has been downloaded to your system you will find it very difficult to remove it.

If this update is downloaded when you restart your computer you will be presented with the following screen:

You will notice that you will only be able to select OK.

Please click OK.

On the next screen you will be prompted to select one of 12 browsers. DIT recommends that you choose Select Later:

If you have any concerns or experience any difficulties please contact the DIT Service Desk - servicedesk@abdn.ac.uk.

Background

You may be aware that Microsoft has over the past few years been involved in an intensive examination by the European Commission, regarding competition in computer software. Specifically, Microsoft has now been directed by the European Commission to provide a choice of Web Browser to all Microsoft Windows XP, Vista & 7 operating systems for new and existing hardware systems. This has culminated in Microsoft releasing, yesterday, a Windows Update software patch that, when downloaded, will prompt users to choose a web browser from a choice of 12 browsers including Microsoft’s Internet Explorer version 8. 

 

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