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This article describes the changes in the "Download Only" behavior in Internet Explorer 5.5 or later as compared to earlier versions of Internet Explorer.
Microsoft Windows 95/Microsoft Windows 98/Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
In versions of Internet Explorer earlier than version 5.5, you can select or cancel the selection of individual components to include in the "Download Only" process for a custom installation. With Internet Explorer 5.5 or later, when you select the Download Only option, you cannot choose which components are downloaded and which are not. All the cabinet (.cab) files for a full installation for the operating system you choose are downloaded.
This change was made to accommodate the multiple operating systems on which you can install Internet Explorer 5.5 or later. Each operating system has specific components that can and cannot be installed.
Microsoft Windows 2000
If you are installing Internet Explorer 5.5 or later in Windows 2000, there is no custom "Download Only" installation option.
For additional information about using the 'Download Only' option for Windows 2000, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
257249 Download-Only Setup of Internet Explorer 5.5 on Windows 2000