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KB3123303 Windows Update which will be released next Tuesday, will nag users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11
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KB3123303 Windows Update which will be released next Tuesday, will nag users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11

by AshwinJanuary 6, 2016

Back in November 2015, we reported that Microsoft had begun reminding users of Windows 7, that the default browser in the operating system, Internet Explorer (versions 7, 8, 9 and 10) is reaching its end of support soon.

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The Redmond Company took the announcement, as an oppurtunity to promote Microsoft Edge.

Of course to use that, one would have to upgrade to Windows 10. Anyway, the end of support for older versions of IE, is nearing, really soon, and a Windows Update will be rolled out next week to which will remind users of the same.

And when I say ask, I meant nag (it’s Microsoft we’re talking about). Microsoft has announced that it will begin displaying notifications in Windows 7 and above, asking users to upgrade to a more secure browser, aka Internet Explorer 11.

This will arrive in the form of a Windows Update, called KB3123303, which will be rolled out next Tuesday. Of course it is coming on Patch Tuesday, who said it’s over? Oh and this update only affects Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 users.

Fortunately there is a way to disable the nags notifications, with a simple edit to the Windows Registry. And this system tweak comes straight from Microsoft itself.

Instructions for the registry edit, can be found at the support page on Microsoft’s Knowledgebase portal. Why can’t they do something nice like this for Windows 10 Upgrade Notifications too?

Can I use older versions Internet Explorer beyond January 12, 2016 ?

Yes, you can still continue to use Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9 and 10, but at your own risk. Microsoft will no longer provide security patches for the older versions beyond January 12. Considering that the browser is considered insecure, and that new vulnerabilities are found in Adobe Flash, a custom version of which is shipped in Internet Explorer, it may not be wise to continue using older versions.

So it’s probably better to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11, or a different browser with better features, like Mozilla Firefox (or Waterfox which has no add-on signing) or Google Chrome.

TheNextWeb observes that Internet Explorer 11, is the only remaining browser, which is currently supported by Microsoft. And we’d like to add that it is unlikely that support for IE 11 is ending anytime soon, as it is still present in Windows 10, even though it has been succeeded by the much better, Microsoft Edge.

On a side note, this change could mean that IE’s usage shares drop further. The browser saw its numbers fall from 57.38% to 48.57% last year.

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