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• a PC with Windows installed, the later the better
• WinZip, PowerArchiver, or equivalent
Personally I use PowerArchiver, but the instructions apply to WinZip and other equivalent software as well.
Step 1 - Download:
Download the IE versions you wish to install from browsers.evolt.org [browsers.evolt.org]. The instructions in this thread assume that you have downloaded 5.01_SP2 and 5.5_SP2, but should apply to all other versions in a similar way.
Step 2 - getting the CAB files we need:
Run PowerArchiver. Open the installation file you just downloaded. (Let's start with ie501sp2.exe)
If you are using NT, 2000, or XP - extract the CABs from following files to a folder ('IE5.01' on your Desktop, for example):
If you are using 2000 - extract these as well:
For 98 or Me - extract the CABs from these files:
Step 3 - extracting more files:
Extract all files from your IENT_*.CAB (or IE_*.CAB for 98/Me) files to your folder. For 2000, extract the IEW2K_*.CAB files last, overwriting files if necessary.
Step 4 - getting it to work:
Delete SHLWAPI.DLL and COMCTL32.DLL, if they exist. Create a new (empty) file and name it IEXPLORE.EXE.local.
The number of CABs may vary from one version of IE to the other. You will need all. Also, if there are any files named IE###_*.CAB, where ### is the OS (such as W2K or MIL), you need these files as well. Just extract the files from these last.
Note: You may not be able to use your favorites in these versions of IE (which causes IE to crash), but it should function well otherwise. Your system version of IE is not affected at all.
[edited by: DrDoc at 10:54 pm (utc) on Nov. 6, 2003]
Still, all kudos to Jobarr for bringing it up in the first place.
Startup is still quite slow...it takes these versions of IE about 40 seconds to open on my new 3Ghz workstation on a clean install of XP with no other software installed. On my old 450Mhz machine it takes 1:30 or so...However, once it's open it works just as quick as normal IE, which was a problem for me before. Also, I can now select form elements and the like.
I could not get this method to work with IE4 at all. I think I'll give up on that one now as that version of IE is about as prevelant as Netscape 3 in the wild.
I had issues with IE4 myself, and though I got it to work, it never worked all that great. So, for anyone that wants to attempt getting IE4 working, you're left to your own destiny ;)
Then again, I don't test in NN4 anymore, so why should I test in IE4? :)
Just remember to thank Jobarr [webmasterworld.com] too. He started it.
You must make sure to have the iexplore.exe.local file in the folder to make IE use all the local files. Otherwise it won't work properly.
Help > About is always going to show 6.0 (or whatever the system version is), since that info is grabbed from the Windows registry, and not affected by the local files. However, you still see that info displayed on the browser's about page. You do get a true working IE5.0 or 5.5 or whatever you set up, even though parts of it may appear not to be. And, no matter what the about page tells you, the user agent string won't lie. As long as the UA string matches what it's supposed to be, then you did things right. :)
Upon decompressing, I was told that IE_NT*.CAB (except for 1) had one or more files it wanted to rewrite which were already present: I've tried letting it rewrite, or not rewrite these files. Also, with each of these files that were to be rewritten, whether I tried to rewrite them or not, 7z said that there was an error: the file in question was broken (I take this to be an error in 7z, since if I told it not to rewrite, it shouldn't even check to see if it's broken or not, no?).
I'm running XP Professional SP1 with all but the very latest updates; Mozilla Firebird is my default browser, but I also have Opera and Mozilla (and ie6) installed here, but I'd guess this is a setup similar to a lot of you all's. I've closed all browsers, and this also doesn't seem to help.
Some basic questions then: you think I should try this with a different decompression agent, like the windows commandline? Do I need to get out of that explore file manager thingie, and execute iexplore from the command line prompt? Or do I seem to be missing something?
<edit>Downloaded one of the versions at skyzyx.com : this made a browser window appear, which subsequently crashed. I failed to mention: I also have the google toolbar installed (doesn't everyone here?). Following the instructions for the 'optimized' version at [insert-title.com...] makes an ie which shows a dialogue box, asking me if I want to download something from Google.com, without any browser window - another crash and burn.
I also have a thing by ATI called Hydravision that's used with their dual head cards for managing multiple desktops (not very impressive, b.t.w.) - this also produces shadows around windows, and I'm noticing weird shadows without windows when I try to start the old ie's.</edit>
<edit2: progress report / for whoever else might be in same boat>After uninstalling TweakUI for XP and Hydravision, the skyzyx version works; 7z might be doing something funny with .cab files. If you get problems and want to follow me on this one, uninstall all stuff that seriously influences your desktop shell, and things *might* work.</edit2>
When you open IENT_S1.CAB in 7z, don't click on the next CAB file (it's probably called IENT_1.CAB, right?) you see, just extract it to a folder. Do the same thing with IENT_S2.CAB, etc. Then you open the first of the CAB files you extracted (it's a multi archive) and extract all files.
That should take care of step 2 and 3 ;)
If you get prompted to overwrite files, then something wasn't done right.
Hope that helps :)