Article ID: 165695
The Windows Desktop Update component included with Internet Explorer 4.0, 4.01, 4.01 Service Pack 1, 4.01 Service Pack 2, and Microsoft Windows 98 includes the following enhancements to the classic Windows shell:
NOTE: You cannot remove the Windows Desktop Update from Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), or Microsoft Windows 2000 because it is an integrated part of these operating systems.
IMPORTANT: If you are running Internet Explorer 5 or later with Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 without the Windows Desktop Update component that is included with Internet Explorer 4.0, you need to uninstall Internet Explorer 5 or later before performing the steps in this article to add or remove the Windows Desktop Update Component. For additional information about uninstalling Internet Explorer 5 or later, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/217344/EN-US/ )How to Uninstall Internet Explorer 5
293907If you are unable to uninstall Internet Explorer 5 or later, see the note below for information on adding the Windows Desktop Update component. You may be unable to uninstall Internet Explorer 5 if, for example, you remove the backup or uninstall information.
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/293907/EN-US/ )How to Uninstall Internet Explorer 6.0
NOTE: Although the Windows Desktop Update is not a part of Internet Explorer 5 or later, Corporate Administrators can include it with a customized version of Internet Explorer 5 or later by using the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK). For additional information about IEAK, please see the following Microsoft Web site:
Adding Windows Desktop UpdateTo add the Windows Desktop Update, you must install or reinstall Internet Explorer 4.x and during Setup, click Yes when you are prompted to install the Windows Desktop Update components as follows:
http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/IEYou cannot install the Windows Desktop Update from this Web site.
Removing Windows Desktop UpdateTo remove Windows Desktop Update, follow these steps:
Article ID: 165695 - Last Review: June 22, 2014 - Revision: 6.0
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