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Non-security update for Internet Explorer

February 28th 2006 in Uncategorized

Update:  I’m seeing confusion about how/when the non-security update is being installed.

The non-security update is NOT being downloaded and installed via Automatic Updates at this time.  It is available via the Download Centre, and Windows Update (as an optional update).  Eventually we will all have to install it, but that isn’t the case at this present time.  It will be included in future cumulative updates.

The non-security update is only being offered to users of Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

Advisory about non-security update here:

Discusses the Internet Explorer ActiveX update described here:

I previously discussed this ActiveX change prior to its release:

The history behind why this change to ActiveX has occurred harks back to the EOLAS patent (old information here):

Watch out those of you who are using the Google Toolbar.  Your system may crash when you close a window that contains an inactive activex control.  Also, Sun JRE 1.3 and 1.4 are problematic – needing two clicks to establish focus (by rights, NOBODY should be running those versions anyway.. see my comments about Sun Java and security issues here):

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