Microsoft Autoupgrading IE to Latest Version
For those of you still stuck in the far past thanks to buget issues, reliance on dodgey software or stubborness you may have another setting to add to your XP images.
IE to Start Automatic Upgrades across Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
It looks like Micosoft is pushing out upgrades to the latest browser version to help combat malware etc. on the web thanks to people for whatever reason insist on running a 8 year old browser. It is pushed through Windows update so if you use WSUS you already have control, for home machines there is also a tool to prevent the upgrade and it will respect your previous choice if you had rejected an IE update.
Web devs will rejoice and Intranet devs will cower but at least some of the most vunrable systems will get patched.