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Installing IE10 into your Windows 7 image offline? You’re missing an update or two…

If you’re like me, you like to make sure the latest version of Internet Explorer supported by your organization is baked into the images you push into production, and IE10 on Windows 7 is no different.  Whether you’re slipstreaming it into the base image, or (better) using MDT to rebuild your base image and including IE10 into it, Microsoft has provided a handy list of updates that you should have already included before you attempt to install IE10 on Windows 7 without internet access (as most image build environments should be – right?  Right????):
How to obtain prerequisite updates for Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 that fail to install

That article lists 5 hotfix packages you will need – KB2533623, KB2670838, KB2729094, KB2731771, and KB2786081.  However, the astute amongst you have probably noticed that the IE10 installer, when left to it’s own devices during install, actually installs 6 hotfix packages, not 5.  That “extra” hotfix package is:
“0x00000050” Stop error after you install update 2670838 on a computer that is running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Once you’ve got the hotfixes on a Windows 7 box, you can simply run the IE10 web installer package that you can download here with the proper switches to make it passive (or silent, if you prefer).  I prefer passive installers so I can see it going by in MDT, and I use the following command line for the x64 installation package, for reference:

IE10-Windows6.1-x64-en-us.exe /passive /update-no /closeprograms /norestart

As long as you reboot the machine via your task sequence (or whatever packaging tool you’re using to push this down) after installation completes, you’ll end up with a fully-functional IE10, and hotfixes, on the other end of this exercise.  If you’re trying to match what IE10 does natively when it installs when integrating it into your own Windows 7 images (and you probably should), you will likely want to install that additional update as well as the required 5.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cluberti.com/blog/2013/08/19/installing-ie10-into-your-windows-7-image-youre-missing-an-update-or-two/

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