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Downloading Internet Explorer for a different operating system
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This article describes how to download Internet Explorer for a different operating system than you are currently running.
The installation files for Internet Explorer are specific to the operating system. Active Setup determines the version of the operating system running and then downloads the files appropriate for that operating system. For example, if a Windows 98-based computer downloads the installation files for Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 1, the downloaded files are specific to Windows 98. Those files cannot be installed on a Windows NT 4.0-based computer. This article describes how network administrators can create an installation folder for Internet Explorer with the files necessary for installing on a different operating system.
NOTE: If you need more control over customizing and distributing Internet Explorer, then obtain the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK). For additional information about IEAK, please see the following Microsoft Web site:
Internet Explorer 4To download Internet Explorer 4 for a different operating system, follow these steps:
NOTE: Internet Explorer 4 is no longer available for download from Microsoft Web sites; however, this information is valid for other Web sites that offer Internet Explorer 4 downloads via Active Setup.
The installation files for all supported operating systems are now contained in the installation folder you specified in Step 5.
NOTE: If you are running Internet Explorer 4.01 SP1, you cannot download Internet Explorer 4.01 SP1. As a result, you may receive the following message when you follow the above steps:
Active Setup Installation
Click OK to exit Setup without making any changes.
Setup has detected that the newest versions of Internet Explorer components are already installed.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Internet Explorer 4.01 SP1. This problem has been addressed in Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2.
Internet Explorer 5, 5.5, or 6To download Internet Explorer 5, 5.5, or 6 for a different operating system by using a Windows 2000 or Windows XP-based computer, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
257249For information about how to download Internet Explorer 5, 5.5, or 6 for a different operating system by using a Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, or Windows NT 4.0-based computer, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257249/EN-US/ )Download-Only Setup of Internet Explorer on Windows 2000 and Windows XP
Additional InformationYou must share the Internet Explorer installation file folder so that it is accessible by users on your local area network. Users can install Internet Explorer by connecting to the shared installation file folder and then double-clicking the IE4setup.exe or IE5setup.exe file in the folder.
Switches for the IE4Setup.exe/IE5Setup.exe ProgramYou must share the Internet Explorer installation file folder so that it is accessible by users on your local area network. Users can install Internet Explorer by connecting to the shared installation file folder and then double-clicking the IExsetup.exe file in the folder.
Switches for the IExSetup.exe Program
/c: - Overrides the default switches used by Ie4setup.exe
/d - Download only
/d:1 - Download only and download versions for the x86 platform
Article ID: 174680 - Last Review: August 15, 2007 - Revision: 3.7