IE 8, 9, and 10 will no longer be supported as of January 12, 2016. Windows will roll out an update that will ask users to update to IE 11. The only exception is for Windows Vista, on which IE 9 will be supported. Although, it’s time to retire Vista anyway. Windows will no longer support Vista in 2017.
Silently Update to Internet Explorer 11
That said you’ll probably want to have the latest IE on your machines to protect against potential security holes. You can silently install IE 11 using a ready-made package available in the Package Library. Select Internet Explorer 11 in the Package Library, click Import. After the deployment package is imported, you can click deploy and start selecting target computers to send your deployment off too. Mission accomplished.
The deployment package installs IE 11 on 32-bit and 64-bit machines (based on the target computers architecture, see the conditions tab). It also disables auto updates, and sends a message to users requesting that they restart their computers to complete the installation.
Or, as always you can create the package yourself. Get the IE exe and add it to the Install File field. Then you’ll need silent parameters. NOTE: Without silent parameters, your deployment will fail. This is critical for all silent installations except for msi files as those are inherently silently installing.
To silently install IE you’ll need the following parameters entered:
You may notice the above image has other steps to it. While in Free mode you can create one install step per package. You’ll be able to get the latest IE installed, but you won’t have the command steps that disable auto update or post the restart request message.
Using the IEAK
To get up-to-date with all the latest patches and update for IE 11, you’ll want to use the Internet Explorer Development Kit 11. Using this you can also customize IE to best suit your environment. Want a few pointers on using the IEAK? Click here.