Deploying Internet Explorer 6.0 using WSUS

I have seen folks in the newsgroup seeking assistance in deploying Internet Explorer 6.0 using WSUS. As a matter of fact, WSUS only supports security updates aka patches and hotfixes to a particular application (categories) or Operating System and it does not support Application / OS upgrades.

Microsoft has another product called SMS to do such tasks.

UPDATED (April 26, 2006):

Bobbie has posted an update on

Bobbie Harder (MSFT):

I should mention folks on the question of upgrading IE via WSUS – we do have future expectations of being able to support this in future versions of IE. No precise timelines known now but it is under heavy consideration and a key ask from many of our customers.


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