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Internet Explorer 3.02 for Windows 95 and NT 4.0

Application Details:

Version: 3.02
License: Free to use
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.5

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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What works

- Installation (after special configuration)
- Rendering looks right for IE3
- Stop and refresh
- Changing font size
- View source
- Printing to a file
- Find dialog
- Internet options
- Properties dialog
- About screen

What does not

The browser crashes under several conditions:
- On first run
- When attempting to use the address bar
- When clicking the home or search buttons in the toolbar
- When loading some web pages, such as WineHQ's forum
- when given a URL as a command line parameter

Also, nothing happens when attempting to add a page to favorites or create a shortcut on the desktop.


What was not tested

Printing to a printer
Modifying installation options
Plug-ins (do any still support IE3?)

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

This is my recipe to install this version of IE - I suggest using a dedicated wineprefix for this (IE3 replaces some system DLLs with native ones from the 90s, which may conflict with more modern programs): 1. Open winecfg and change the reported Windows version to Windows 95. 2. Switch to the libraries tab and add native,builtin overrides for these libraries: iexplore.exe, hlink, jscript, mshtml, shdocvw, urlmon, vbscript 3. Switch back to the applications tab and click "add application," type "infinst2.exe" (no quotes) as the file name in the add file dialog, and click OK. 4. With infinst2.exe still highlighted, switch to the libraries tab again, add a shell32 override, and edit it to change the load order to "native (Windows)." 5. Run the installer. Allow it to "reboot your computer" at the end (this will really only reboot your Wine session). 6. Run the browser from a terminal like so: wine 'C:/Program Files/Internet Explorer/iexplore.exe' On the first run, you need to disable the default browser check. IE3 will crash afterward, but should work on subsequent runs, aside from the problems noted above (or not yet discovered?).

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowLinux Mint 20.1Mar 29 20216.5No Not installable NoGarbageHamish McIntyre-Bhatty 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 07 20183.19No Not installable NoGarbageJeff D. Hanson 
CurrentUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 24 20111.3.29Yes Yes NoBronzeA Wine user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 09 20101.2-rc7No Not installable NoGarbageMichael Lancaster 
ShowsiduxSep 25 20091.1.29No Not installable NoGarbagephobie 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
29171 Internet Explorer 3.02 shows a cut off message when removing a registered file type NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


This note was originally added to IE Version 5, but may be relevant to all versions.

Don't run IE on an RW mounted DOS partition !
Pretty problematic directory renaming/corruption can happen.
This seems to happen if Wine doesn't have access to certain Windows registry keys.
Renames e.g. "Program Files" to "$!$!$!$!.pfr" and does other horrible things.
BTW, it does not only happen with IE, as it seems to be a generic Windows Setup process of Explorer which is doing this, which can be launched under multiple circumstances.
To be safe, use a backup copy only, i.e. copy all relevant windows files over e.g. to an ext2 partition.