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Windows 7: Why is KB3068708 now a IE11 perquisite ?

13 Aug 2015   #1
Andyrids

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 
Why is KB3068708 now a IE11 perquisite ?

I'm getting mixed feedback on this from various sources as to what KB3068708 actually does in a Win7 system some say it contains a lot of updated system files and is mostly harmless in Win7 and should be installed, though the Win8 version is pure telemetry.

The last time I installed IE11 manually and it's previous perquisites (2 days ago) there was no mention of needing KB3068708 however today when updating a WIM for the next clean install with the latest patches IE11 refuses to play ball needing this KB3068708...

If it is simply down to spying then there is a myriad of other things already running on the system that has been doing that for years.

So can anyone shed some light please as to what this KB3068708 really does and is it harmless enough to install in order to keep IE11 happy for an unattended install ?


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13 Aug 2015   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Well if you read this you'd have to be a participant in ceip before it to send anything :/
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3068708
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13 Aug 2015   #3
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Here's the official MS page on the KB
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3068708

There's not a lot of stuff out in the real world that isn't merely speculation and scare-mongering - I haven't heard of it being a necessary update for anything except possibly Win10 installs before.

Personally I can't see any good reason for it to be a requirement for IE - or for Win10 - from the above description, but on the other hand I can see no good reason not to install it if it helps actually improve the OS, and doesn't expose personal information.
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13 Aug 2015   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

To me KB3068708 is a Microsoft sneak and peak update.
I have no need for it so I removed it when it first came out without any bad side effects. I seldom use I.E. 11 so I really can't tell whether KB3068708 effects it.

I would never upgrade a Windowss 7 key to Windows 10 so Microsoft doesn't need any more of such KB's on my systems.
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13 Aug 2015   #5
Andyrids

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
To me KB3068708 is a Microsoft sneak and peak update.
I have no need for it so I removed it when it first came out without any bad side effects. I seldom use I.E. 11 so I really can't tell whether KB3068708 effects it.

I would never upgrade a Windowss 7 key to Windows 10 so Microsoft doesn't need any more of such KB's on my systems.
It does appear to be that, I can say IE 11 is working just fine without it at least on the systems I have here at the moment, however IE11 was all installed and updated manually on them with the existing perquisites.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Here's the official MS page on the KB
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3068708

There's not a lot of stuff out in the real world that isn't merely speculation and scare-mongering - I haven't heard of it being a necessary update for anything except possibly Win10 installs before.

Personally I can't see any good reason for it to be a requirement for IE - or for Win10 - from the above description, but on the other hand I can see no good reason not to install it if it helps actually improve the OS, and doesn't expose personal information.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Well if you read this you'd have to be a participant in ceip before it to send anything :/
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3068708
After reading those again I can see a possible connection with IE maybe in order to iron out any potential flaws with their new browser (Edge I think) since its in relation to CEIP purely a guess though... The WIM did integrate IE though without that KB despite complaining about it and I don't see any errors in the log... so I will see what actually happens when I come to deploy it later on today... Thanks for the input guys I shall report back.
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13 Aug 2015   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Well think of it this way,
Noel as well as I use ie10 I believe I can say that

ie10 is the last stable version.
The first thing I did in win-10 was look for ie11 = did not use edge or what ever M$ wants to call it this month,
And download Pale moon.
That was my total use of ie11 in the last 12 months.
Edge was opened once laughed and closed and uninstalled.
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