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Hei there, as in the title, I'd like to exclude permanently the IE 9 install from the update list on Windows 7 replacing IE 8. As a web developper i prefer to have a clean and native version of IE8 instead of the emulate version inside IE 9; even with the manual check to install specific items in the update list, I'm always afraid to erroneously include the IE 9 installer.

So is there a way to remove an item from the update list or make it unavailable permanently?

(I'm on Windows 7 Ultimate SP1)

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Microsoft release a tool to block this update years ago. I would install that. – Ramhound Feb 21 '13 at 14:09
I believe you can tell Windows Update to hide updates you're not interested in (if you have it set to always ask you before installing updates). – martineau Feb 21 '13 at 14:37
@martineau interesting, can you point me in the right direction for this process? I haven't found anything that allow me to do that. – Gruber Feb 21 '13 at 16:19
@Ramhound can you provide me a link for that? I'd prefer a more convenient solution like the one of martineau for this instead of installing a dedicated software/app – Gruber Feb 21 '13 at 16:20
@Gruber - Just search for the tool, you apply it once, and IE9 won't be automatically installed ever. – Ramhound Feb 21 '13 at 16:42
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You should be able to hide and thereby exclude any update you wish in Microsoft Update. In the screenshot below I've circled in red where you can click to put a check-mark to do this. Afterwards aRestore Hidden Updatesoption should be visible in the left margin.

screenshot of microsoft update window


You're right, I'm on XP -- however I think you can do the equivalent in Win 7 because of the comment shown below in a discussion on TechRepublic about how to Prevent the automatic delivery of Windows Internet Explorer 9 in Windows 7:

screenshot showing comment about hiding the IE9 update on win7

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Thank you, but your win update look quite differently from mine. Are you using Windows 7? looks like XP to me, nonetheless I guess it will be useful for other users! – Gruber Feb 21 '13 at 19:24
@Gruber: Steps for Win7. – Karan Feb 21 '13 at 20:16
aaaw that's it! Right click --> hide, meh sometimes can be so easy that you simply pass over it, thank you! – Gruber Feb 21 '13 at 20:36

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