Three ways to kill and avoid KB976002 (The Microsoft Browser Choice Screen)

I am not a very big fan of KB976002, the Microsoft Browser Choice Screen. Here are three ways to prevent it to appear on your computers:


1. The cmd way:

reg add HKLMSoftwareBrowserChoice /v Enable /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000000 /f



2. The VB.NET way:

Public Module Registry
Public Sub Main()

My.Computer.Registry.SetValue("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareBrowserChoice", "Enable", "0", Microsoft.Win32.RegistryValueKind.DWord)

End Sub
End Module



3. The PowerShell way:

Set-ItemProperty -path ‘HKLM:SoftwareBrowserChoice’ -name ‘Enable’ -type ‘DWord’ -value ‘0‘



An interesting fact however is that KB976002 can not yet be found in WSUS. I wonder if it will ever show up? 😉



// Fredrik “DXter” Jonsson

4 thoughts on “Three ways to kill and avoid KB976002 (The Microsoft Browser Choice Screen)

  • April 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    To uninstall 976002:

    1. Go to C:WindowsServicingPackages
    2. Find the two .mum files relating to KB 976002
    3. Take ownership of them, give yourself full control
    4. Open Control Panel, programs, Installed Updates
    5. Find KB 976002 and right click, Uninstall is not available. Important: Do not close this window, to avoid re-verification of the checksum of the .mum files.
    6. Go back to the two .mum files for 976002. Edit them both with notepad, change Permanance=”Permanent” to Permanence=”Removable”
    7. Go back to the Installed updates list, hit F5, right click KB 976002. Uninstall is now available.
    8. Uninstall the update (if you want to be double-careful, monitor with sysinternals process monitor).
    9. Reinstate the two keys which the uninstall removes
    10. Reboot the PC
    11. Run the 947821 update to verify the component store
    12. Go to WU, check for updates, hide the 976002 update

  • April 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Chris, thanks very much for posting these instructions. Apart from working a treat, they’ve given me a greater insight into how updates are managed.

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