Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 5.5 (Released: July 2000)

Application Details:

Version: 5.5
License: Free to use
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.6

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Test Results

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What works

With some effort, it's possible to install and run the browser, surf the web, view the about screen, use the view source function, internet options, customize toolbars, fullscreen, tip of the day, etc.

What does not

Running the browser without a bunch of workarounds!

With the process described below, help doesn't appear to work at all; favorites and toolbars are somewhat buggy. Print preview is blank. Some web pages crash the browser with an assert failure (I saw it on the page that loads on the browser's second run, and the page that help -> submit feedback leads to).

The WineHQ homepage is rendered differently than it is in IE 5.5 on Windows.


What was not tested

Printing; plug-ins; of course, I didn't test every possible combination of options or every page on the internet...

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Tested IE 5.5 SP2. I used the following procedure: 1. Run the following command: wine iexplore -unregserver 2. Open winecfg and change Windows version to Windows ME. 3. Switch to the libraries tab and add overrides for the following: browseui, iexplore.exe, inetcpl.cpl, jscript, mshtml, shdoclc, shdocvw, shlwapi, urlmon 4. Change the jscript override from native,builtin to builtin (Wine), and click OK. 5. Run the following command (ensure you have winetricks installed): winetricks mfc40 6. Delete the following file from your wineprefix: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe 7. Also delete the following files from your wineprefix's C:\windows\system32: browseui.dll, inetcpl.cpl, jscript.dll, mshtml.dll, shdoclc.dll, shdocvw.dll, shlwapi.dll, urlmon.dll 8. Run msie55sp2.exe to extract the installation files to a new folder, then run IE5SETUP.EXE from that folder. (Be sure to cd there first if running from a terminal.) 9. When prompted, choose "install minimal, or customize your browser" and don't change any options. 10. Wait for the install to finish, then after closing the installer, wait a moment so post-reboot processes can complete. 11. To start IE 5.5, run: wine "C:/Program Files/Internet Explorer/iexplore.exe"

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 21 20101.3.6Yes Yes BronzeA Wine user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 09 20101.2-rc7Yes No GarbageMichael Lancaster 
ShowsiduxSep 26 20091.1.29No Not installable Garbagephobie 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 13 20091.1.25No Not installable GarbageKen Sharp 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 29 20081.1.7Yes Yes GoldJustin Soulia 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
25400 Internet Explorer 4 and 5.x installers complain "cannot find WINDOWS.HLP" NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

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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.