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Internet Explorer 6.0

How to Download & Install a Full Version

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Note: If you have installed Internet Explorer version 7 or 8 and want to revert back to a previous version, click HERE for instructions.

Note: If you are running Vista, you cannot install Internet Explorer 6. The earliest version for Vista is 7.

Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 went final on August 28, 2001. When IE 5.5 came out, MS published a way for administrators to download the full version of Internet Explorer for all Operating Systems to your hard drive. I took a shot and changed their instructions to work with Internet Explorer 6 and it worked. You can use it on all Windows platforms except 3.1x & 95.

To download the full version of Internet Explorer 6 SP1 for all Windows 98 and above Operating Systems (including NT 4.0 SP 6a (Go to Start->Run and type "winver" without the quotes to check your version of NT)) , follow these instructions:

Create a folder at the root of C:\ and name it "Windows Update Setup Files" without the quotes. I have seen the installation fail if the "Windows Update Setup Files" folder is not at the root of the C: drive.
If you have a previous folder with that name, empty it and reuse the empty folder. You could also save your previous update files to another folder in case you ever want to reinstall the previous version of Internet Explorer.

Download the ie6setup.exe file into the folder you just created from HERE

or to go directly to the English version of the file:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/ie6sp1/finrel/6_sp1/W98NT42KMeXP/EN-US/ie6setup.exe

After the file is downloaded into the Windows Update Setup Files folder you created, Go to Start->Run and type in exactly (or just copy and paste it):

"C:\Windows Update Setup Files\ie6setup.exe" /c:"ie6wzd.exe /d /s:""#E"

You must include all of the quotes (6 of them).

Click OK.

Accept the EULA:

Click Next

You will get to a box where you can now download IE6 for all versions of Windows at once, just check them all off or choose just the Operating Systems you want. If necessary, change the download path at the top of the window to: C:\Windows Update Setup Files

Click Next

When it's finished downloading you'll see this:

 Click OK and then go into the Windows Update Setup Files folder previously created and double click the ie6setup.exe file to begin the installation.

You can save the Windows Update Setup Files folder to a server or to a CD so you can do future installations on other machines. You must first copy the Windows Update Setup Files folder to the root of the C: drive of the machine you are doing the update on. Then open the Windows Update Setup Files folder and just double click the ie6setup.exe file to begin the installation.

If given the choice during the upgrade to do a Typical or Minimal upgrade (NT, 98 & maybe ME), I always choose the Minimal option and check off all the options I want. So in this case Minimal is more.

It's best to be connected to the Internet because the updater wants to check the signatures of the files. If you don't have an Internet connection available, you can still do the update, but it will take longer and you may have to click Ignore, Continue or OK (I can't remember exactly) to complete the upgrade.

Happy browsing.

Getting an error? Here's a workaround. If you run the ie6setup.exe file and get the error stating " Setup has detected a newer version of Internet Explorer already installed on this system. Setup cannot continue." as shown below,


we can get around this by running ie6setup.exe with the quiet switch from a command prompt. Go to Start->Run and type in "cmd" without the quotes and click OK as shown below.

As shown below type "cd \" without the quotes and press Enter on your keyboard.

Next, type "cd Windows Update Setup Files" without the quotes and press Enter on your keyboard.

Next, type "ie6setup /q" without the quotes and press Enter on your keyboard.

The installation should run and finish automatically.

Other Installation Issues? Try this command:

"C:\Windows Update Setup Files\ie6setup.exe" /c:"ie6wzd.exe /d:1 /s:""#E"


Note: If you have QuickTime installed and it is an older version prior to version 5.0, you will have to uninstall your old QuickTime Player via Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel since if doesn't work
with Internet Explorer version 6.0. You can get to Control Panel via Start->Settings->Control Panel.

Click here for tips on installing QuickTime as well as links to download QuickTime.


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