Can I upgrade a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 NOT R2 to Internet Explorer 11?

We are seeing an increase interest in updating to Internet Explorer 11 due to the upcoming changes in support outlined in the blog below: Stay up-to-date with Internet Explorer – http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2014/08/07/stay-up-to-date-with-internet-explorer.aspx “After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security…

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How to manage the new "blocking out-of-date ActiveX controls" feature in IE?

In this quick blog post, we are sharing the administrative group policy settings and registry location included in the August 2014 IE cumulative update, that will help you better prepare and manage the new “blocking out-of-date ActiveX controls” feature. For more information on the new changes, please read the original post by the IE Product…

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IE10 Removing IEMaintenance from Window 7 and Windows 2008 R2

Hi, we just want to share some information regarding some changes introduced with IE10 that may impact the way you manage your Internet Explore Policies. As the TechNet article “Replacements for Internet Explorer Maintenance” states that: “By default In Windows® 8, the IEM settings have been deprecated in favor of Group Policy Preferences, Administrative Templates (.admx),…

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Centralized Data and Internet Explorer

As they become more familiar with the benefits and gains to be realized by working in the cloud, administrators are investigating various methods to centralize user data.  Benefits By centralizing data, users will reap the obvious rewards of having their important information accessible to them from multiple locations.  Administrators will enjoy the centralized data storage,…

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IEM Policy, “Place Favorites and Links at the top of the list in the order specified below” does not work correctly

Hi everyone! I came across this issue with a customer, very recently, so I’d like to take this opportunity to fill in the community regarding this undesired behavior when using the Internet Explorer Maintenance (IEM) policy outlined in the title of this blog. There is an option within the IEM policies that allows Administrators to…

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Internet Explorer fails to import Favorites where the URL string contains “%” characters

Hi Everyone! It must be “Favorites week” because I’ve got yet another behavior that I need to make everyone aware of when attempting to import Favorites via the IE Maintenance Policy option, “Favorites and Links”.  This issue can involve data loss so it’s an important topic to provide to the community.  Within the IEM policy,…

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Understanding Compatibility Modes in Internet Explorer 8

Hi everyone! With the release of IE 8, we felt that providing a little more detail around the different Compatibility Modes might be useful, so here goes! A fundamental problem discussed during each and every Internet Explorer release is balancing new features and functionality with site compatibility for the existing Web. On the one hand,…

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Microsoft Knowledge Base articles regarding Internet Explorer 8

Hi everyone! We thought it might be a good idea to provide you folks a listing of KB articles relevant to IE 8: How do I uninstall or remove Internet Explorer 8? (KB957700) When you start Internet Explorer 8, it opens  and then closes immediately (KB967896) How to fix HP Smart Web Printing and Internet…

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Index.dat: To move, or not to move…

 With the ever-decreasing cost per megabyte of storage, many more organizations today are increasing the amount of user data to be stored in a central location.  Whether for better administrative control, security or as a means to keep the client workstations lighter and more energy efficient, application data is being redirected to remote disks.  For…

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