Skip to comments.Microsoft strips some Windows 7 users of IE11 patch privileges
Posted on 06/16/2014 7:50:03 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
Computerworld - Microsoft has quietly stopped serving security updates to Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) on consumer and small business Windows 7 PCs unless the customer has successfully applied an April update for the browser.
Users who have not installed the IE security update issued on April 8 -- identified by Microsoft as MS14-018 -- on Windows 7, and who rely on Windows Update to download and install fixes, did not receive the June 10 IE update. Nor will IE11 receive any future updates, security or otherwise, until that MS14-018 has been installed. Windows Update will not display the appropriate IE11 patches.
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I stopped using IE when MS refused to make, IDK... IE9 (I think) unavailable for XP. Screw ‘em.
The two times I have installed IE11, it destabilized my system and caused repeated crashes. I had to go back to IE10 and disable automatic updates.
They want to punish win 7 users for refusing to buy win 8 products.
They trashed XP hoping it would force users to go to win 8, but that didn’t work with win 7 still available.
Each and every day Microsoft furnishes yet another incentive to discontinue use of their increasingly inferior software and use other, better software instead.
Browers are the easiest to replace and given the magnificent set of addons for Firefox (despite FF’s many flaws), FF can be made to be a FAR more useful browser than IE, with additions like Adblock Plus, Element Hiding Helper, CookieCuller, BetterPrivacy, DoNotTrackMe, TabMixPlus, IE View, and Visited.
Without addons like these, I find trying to read almost ANY media web page an impossible task because the actual text gets repeatedly covered up and relegated to increasingly smaller parts of the page. I particularly like Element Hider for nuking crap that Adblock Plus misses, as well as adding my own anti-paywall blocks with Adblock Plus like blocking the ppjol website paywall cookie-maker.
IE11 isn’t compatible with Win7 unless you turn off some Win7 features. I tried installing twice and gave up on it.
I use several browsers, mostly for testing sites. Every single one has issues. It pretty much boils down to which one is least annoying for how you want to use your system.
Thanks for the tips - will try some of them out - especially Element Hiding.
Odd, I'm using Win7 and IE11 right now and didn't have to turn off anything.
You may not have had them turned on already or you didn’t notice they were turned off after the upgrade because you don’t use them. At least Microsoft documents the incompatabilities so you know it is supposed to be that way (IE11 is designed for Win 8 and not Win 7).
<< Odd, I’m using Win7 and IE11 right now and didn’t have to turn off anything. >>
Same here. I’m running Windows 7 & IE11 on a 64 bit PC and on a 32 bit laptop without any problems.
Yeah so? Setting floors for updates is pretty common, especially if the code is in the same area. Making multiple versions of the same patch, one to work with the existing patch and one without, is a lot of extra work for dev and test. And in an age of automatic updates unnecessary, get all the updates.
Exactly. Anyone who doesn’t get and APPLY patches, especially security patches—as they are made available—in this day and age, is cruisin’ for a bruisin’.
At least when the Cumulative updates come out both will be applied. IF the system isn’t hacked by then.
But y’all don’t let that get in the way of a good Microsoft bash.
IE11 isnt compatible with Win7 unless you turn off some Win7 features. I tried installing twice and gave up on it.”
Same here. IE 11 forced itself onto my Win 7 pros a couple times and would not work. I had to work fast to downgrade it before the downgrades became unavailable.
There was good reason why Microsoft made IE 9 unavailable to XP users. IE9 was incompatible with certain aspects of the OS. What about that you don’t get? I bet you like playing video games or seeing high definition graphics today on whatever device you play them on.
I find it hypocritical that people scoff at Microsoft when an OS goes to the unsupported list. Mac does this and so does every other software and hardware firm. As things are replaced the old gets thrown off the list when it is no longer viable and no longer efficable to support.
While they are a large company they cannot devote an infinite amount of resources to a software program that has become obsolete even if people are still using it. I enjoyed XP and went back to XP when Vista was a fiasco. Then Win 7 came out and was much better. Only thing wrong with Win 8 is the user interface for desktops. Win 8 runs faster and handles resources much better than Win 7 but because people unwilling to change to the new user interface they don’t like it.
Point blank, people disdain change. Most people don’t like Microsoft going way back before XP. You don’t hear people whine and complain when Apple comes out with a new OS (and old gets unsupported) unless something is really wrong with it.
Its time to move on and get into the cycle of progress. Things become obsolete, they aren’t going to be supported after a certain amount of time because they can’t devote an infinite amount of resources. Everything has a shelf life.
You still like those running shoes after they have holes in them and they are the most comfortable pair of shoes you ever owned but eventually they have to be replaced. XP is like those running comfortable running shoes. Eventually it has to be replaced.
For your TECH Ping list...
No need to be so snippy about it. MS made a business decision and I made a consumer decision. Do you seriously think MS could not make IE9 work on XP?
I bet you like playing video games...
And what does that have to do with IE?
I find it hypocritical that people scoff at Microsoft...
You say this and then never explain what you find hypocritical....
Its time to move on and get into the cycle of progress.
You work for MS, don't you? If not, you should.
“And in an age of automatic updates unnecessary, get all the updates.”
The purpose of this article was to alert users of MS Windows 7 and IE11 that they could not rely upon the automatic updates to provide this critical update, and they would not receive future patches until and unless they took action to remedy the missing update the automatic updating system did not supply.
Thank you very much for (not) documenting exactly what “features” you seem to be referring to that need to be “turned off” in Win7. Thank you also for (not) referencing the Microsoft knowledge base article that admits these incompatabilities.
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