Downloading Internet Explorer for a different operating system

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SUMMARY

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:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/bb310673.aspx

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Internet Explorer 4

To 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.
  1. If you have not already downloaded the IE4setup.exe file, locate the link to the file on the Web site, click the link, and then click Save This Program To Disk. Click the appropriate download location, and then click Save to save the file to your local drive.
  2. Click Start, click Run, and then type the following line
    <folder path>\ie4setup /c:"ie4wzd /d:1"
    where <folder path> is the drive and folder containing the IE4setup file. This starts the Active Setup Wizard.
  3. Click the appropriate download option, and then click Next.
    Approximate disk space requirements
    ------------------------------------
    Browser-only installation     20989K
    Standard installation         24097K
    Full installation             34112K
    					
  4. Click the appropriate Active Channel region, and then click Next.
  5. Type the path to the folder in which you want to save the installation files. The default folder is <drive>\Internet Explorer 4.0 Setup, where <drive> is the drive on which Windows is installed. Click Next.

    NOTE: The path to the folder in which you want to save the Internet Explorer 4.0 installation files must be a local drive or a mapped network drive.For additional information about how to download the Internet Explorer 4.0 installation files to a mapped network drive, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    166990 Error Message: The Folder Path Is Invalid
  6. Click the region and download site closest to your location, and then click Next.
  7. After the files are downloaded, copy or move the IE4setup.exe file to the folder in which you downloaded the installation files.
NOTE: The IE4setup.exe file may not be copied to the installation file folder during the download.

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
Setup has detected that the newest versions of Internet Explorer components are already installed.
Click OK to exit Setup without making any changes.

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 6

To 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:
257249 Download-Only Setup of Internet Explorer on Windows 2000 and Windows XP
For 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://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/default.mspx

Additional Information

You 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 Program

You 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

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Article ID: 174680 - Last Review: August 15, 2007 - Revision: 3.7
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 128-Bit Edition
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 128-Bit Edition
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
    • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
    • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
    • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition
    • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
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