This article was previously published under Q257249
You cannot perform a download-only installation of Microsoft Internet Explorer in Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows XP.
This behavior is caused by a change in the Internet Explorer Setup program that allows installation in Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Because Internet Explorer installs only the core browser and scripting files in Windows 2000 or Windows XP, the Install Minimal, or customize your browser option is not available during installation. Therefore, the Component Options dialog box is not available for you to use the Download only option.
To perform a download-only installation from the Internet, follow these steps:
On the following Internet Explorer download page, locate and then click to download the version of Internet Explorer you want:
Note Double quotation marks around the #E variable are required because #E designates the source path, including the executable, of the Ie5setup.exe or Ie6setup.exe file as appropriate. The following is an explanation of the command line switches that are used:
/d - Downloads Internet Explorer for the current platform only. However, if you would like to download all platforms, you can use the /d:1 switch value to get all platforms. There are only two values for this switch, /d and /d:1.
/s:""#E"" - Designates the source path of Ie5setup.exe. The ""#E"" value refers to the full path and name of the .exe file. Note that two pairs of double quotation marks must surround the path.
Press ENTER. Choose the appropriate items for the operating system.
Note To download Internet Explorer to a network drive, you must map the network drive to a drive letter on your computer. You cannot download Internet Explorer to a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path.
For additional information and command line switches, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
200007 Internet Explorer batch mode setup switches
223371 Installing Internet Explorer 5 to Windows NT 4.0 using SMS 1.2