Microsoft have pushed out a patch via Windows Update that will ensure Windows 8 systems in its jurisdiction are compliant with EU regulators browser ballot requirements.

The update and accompanying Knowledge Base article (KB976002) have gone live, and there’s an explanatory page posted on the Windows site that breaks down what the Browser Choice update is all about.

here’s what happens upon download and install.

On Windows 8 (and Windows 7) systems, Internet Explorer will be unpinned from the taskbar.

All systems running Windows XP or later will have a new shortcut to open the Browser Choice screen dropped onto their desktops, and Windows 8 systems will also have a tile pinned to the Start Screen.

After that’s done, the Browser Choice screen will appear and guide users through the process of selecting a web browser, just like the previous version did.

Microsoft is bending over backwards to make sure this is not a distraction that will interfere with the launch of Windows 8 in Europe.

It just is what it is…


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Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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