Browser Choice

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by barrowhill, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. barrowhill

    barrowhill Guest

    Today, an update was applied that on opening IE onstartup gives me the option
    to install numerous other browsers. I don't want to as already installed
    those I want and I cannot find anyway to stop this page opening again.
    Help.....I'd like to remove this update or switch off browser choice screen
    but suspect that EU forced this issue on all of us. What can I do ???????
     
    barrowhill, Feb 23, 2010
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    Michael Guest

    Exactly what update are you talking about? Sounds to me like you've been
    hijacked.
     
    Michael, Feb 23, 2010
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    barrowhill Guest

    Michael,

    KB976002 - Microsoft Browser Choice Screen Update for EEA Usesr of Windows XP

    I don't wish this screen to appear but I can find no way to prevent it
    appearing.
     
    barrowhill, Feb 23, 2010
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  4. Harry Johnston [MVP], Feb 23, 2010
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  5. barrowhill

    barrowhill Guest

    Harry,

    Just type "browser choice" into google and there you'll find post showing
    screen shot
     
    barrowhill, Feb 23, 2010
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  6. barrowhill

    barrowhill Guest

    I've restored system to yesterday and performed all installs except KB976002.
    This was indicated as High Priority and though now hidden is eeident that t
    has been hidden. Why or Why!!. This should be optional. Just because EU
    won it's case Microsoft shouldn't go belly up in a fit of pique . The'venow
    provided the wherewithall as demanded by EU; it users choice to perform.
    I've installed firefox and an alternative to IE - I use both. I don't need
    dictating to or being forced to do something. Lets make it optonal.
     
    barrowhill, Feb 23, 2010
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  7. Ǝиçεl, Feb 23, 2010
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  8. barrowhill

    MowGreen Guest

    The EU *forced* MS to do this. The High Priority given to this "update"
    was dictated by the EU. You need to direct your complaint towards them,
    not MS.


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    MowGreen, Feb 24, 2010
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  9. No such luck, but Engel's URL gave me something to look at.

    I very much doubt that there isn't a way to bypass the selection process. What
    happens if you choose "Select Later"? Or just close the window?

    Harry.
     
    Harry Johnston [MVP], Feb 24, 2010
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  10. barrowhill

    FrankV Guest

    You are correct about the EU forcing Microsoft to do this. Try to argue with
    the EU to get rid of this (joke).

    Frank
     
    FrankV, Feb 24, 2010
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  11. barrowhill

    barrowhill Guest

    MowGreen,

    The EU required MS to unbundle IE from the OS. MS chose to provide a
    browser choice update so you can pick your own - one or more. Providing it
    as high priority update ? yes ?, as without a browser you going nowhere;
    optional ? why not? most people will already have a browser downloaded and
    installed other than IE. But notwithstanding either, MS should have offered
    an additional choice button of, for example "choice already installed" and
    thus disabled the choice window from appearing again. You need a browser to
    get the update!
     
    barrowhill, Feb 24, 2010
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  12. barrowhill

    barrowhill Guest

    Harry,

    Selecting later only ensures choice screen opens next boot/open IE, as does
    just closing it down. Irrespective of any of these choices. Next time you
    restart PC and open IU up pos the choice window. If you close IE then open
    in current PC session then no choice window appear. Seem only happens on
    startup/restart
     
    barrowhill, Feb 24, 2010
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  13. barrowhill

    Rob Guest

    Yes I agree. It should be seen that Microsoft have abided by the EU ruling
    by notifying us about the choice of browser we use, but then it should be up
    to the end user to say, ok I've made my choice, now stop pestering me. I
    don't know why Microsoft didn't think of that one.
     
    Rob, Feb 24, 2010
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  14. OK.

    Next guess: choose IE, as this is already installed, nothing will happen. Probably.

    Harry.
     
    Harry Johnston [MVP], Feb 24, 2010
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    Ash Guest

    If you are running windows vista, check your start-up programmes. To check this
    Start -> All Programs -> Startu

    If that programme is in startup folder, delete it

    THIS IS JUST TO CHECK. I HAVE NOT TRIED THIS.
     
    Ash, Feb 24, 2010
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  16. barrowhill

    MowGreen Guest

    I fail to see how one needs to have a browser to be offered this update.
    Why does someone need a browser to " get the update " when it's being
    offered automatically ?

    Are you stating that MS should scan folks computers to see if there are
    any alternative browsers installed before offering this update or are
    you asking that there be a choice that states the User already has such
    a browser and MS should stop pestering them ?


    The EU needs to be concerned with more important matters instead of
    continually trying to force Microsoft to do something that just ends up
    annoying Windows Users. Let them force Apple or Google to end the abuse
    of their monopolies and then I'll believe this isn't just a vendetta
    against MS.


    MowGreen
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    MowGreen, Feb 24, 2010
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  17. barrowhill

    ybS2okj Guest

    Barrowhill,

    There is no point in explaining anything to that plonker because he/she is
    now a transsexual and so has lost all his mental faculties.

    Can't you the sort of statement he made?

    "The EU *forced* MS to do this. The High Priority given to this "update"
    was dictated by the EU. You need to direct your complaint towards them, "

    Now these nutters haven't got a clue how EU operates.

    As far as the solution is concerned, I have setup my system in such a way
    that I don't receive any updates post SP3 and so I am not affected by this.
    Microsoft patches are completely waste of time because they are doing more
    harm than any security they are supposed to provide.

    This patch does not remove reliance on IE to get updates and so there is
    still some more fight in the EU about this. IE should never be part of the
    OS but Microsoft in their wise wisdom decided to do to beat all the browser
    competition.

    hth
     
    ybS2okj, Feb 25, 2010
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  18. barrowhill

    Smirnoff Guest

    Sorry, don't understand the second sentence of your post. "This was
    indicated as High Priority and though now hidden is eeident that t has been
    hidden.".

    Are you saying that reverting to a prior restore point successfully removed
    the "Browser Choice" update and that you have now selected "Don't show this
    update again" in Windows/MS Update?

    MS states that "Once installed this update cannot be removed". I assume this
    means that it doesn't appear in Add/Remove programmes even with "show
    updates" ticked and that there is no uninstall option. However, if you were
    successful, I can see many people using "System Restore".
     
    Smirnoff, Feb 25, 2010
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  19. You can hack it out of the registry. Go to HCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\run and remove BrowserChoice Key, "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\browserchoice.exe" /run

    Dont forget to back up first....

    Why is there no "dont show this again option"?





    barrowhill wrote:

    Browser Choice
    23-Feb-10

    Today, an update was applied that on opening IE onstartup gives me the optio
    to install numerous other browsers. I do not want to as already installe
    those I want and I cannot find anyway to stop this page opening again
    Help.....I'd like to remove this update or switch off browser choice scree
    but suspect that EU forced this issue on all of us. What can I do ???????

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  20. barrowhill

    MowGreen Guest


    This the same troll who use to use the date/year as a User Name, now
    changes it to gibberish, does not comprehend grammar, and now recommends
    that no updates be installed after SP3 is applied.

    This delusional advice is from an anti-social, foul-mouthed psychopath
    whose ISP is DSL-TISCALI-UK. It's about as sound as listening to the
    inmates of a loony bin.

    PLONK !!!


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