Setup Internet Explorer Without Making It the Default Browser

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This article describes how you can install Internet Explorer without making it the default browser or adding the Internet Explorer icon to the desktop.

NOTE: If you install Microsoft Windows Desktop Update on your computer, the method described in this article does not work.

More Information

To install Internet Explorer without making it the default browser on your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type the following line, and then click OK.
    ie4setup.exe /C:"ie4wzd /S:""#e"" /X /R:N /Q:A /m:0"
    NOTE: If you do not have another browser installed and registered as the default browser on your computer, Internet Explorer is installed as the default browser and the /X switch will be ignored.

  3. Follow the instructions on your screen to install Internet Explorer.

Explanation of Command Switches

The following table contains descriptions of the command switches used in this article.

NOTE: The /m:n (where n is a number) switch does not function in Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 or Internet Explorer 5. The functionality of these switches can also be attained by using the Microsoft Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK).

Article ID: 224088 - Last Review: Jun 22, 2014 - Revision: 1