Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 6

Provides a flexible and reliable browsing experience with enhanced Web privacy features for all Windows users.
This version includes a full installation of the Web browser and the most recent version of Outlook Express, the e-mail client that is included with Internet Explorer.

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Application Details:

Version: 6.0
License: Free to use
Votes: 6
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.6-rc5

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Free Download Internet Explorer 6 (full) Free Download Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (downloader) Free Download InstMsiA.exe for msls31.dll

Test Results

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What works

Installation via Winetricks. HTML, JavaScript, CSS as on Windows. Toolbar and menu buttons. Normal installation works if the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->Software->Microsoft->Internet Explorer->Version is set to a value lower than 6 (forr instance, 5.0), but the app is unusable in this condition. Flash. Mouse pointer visible and works, unlike previous Wine releases. HTTPS appears to work.

What does not

Flash renders badly (animation works, but parts are missing). Sometimes the panels for Search/Favorites/Media do not appear, nut render on second attempt. Does not install an entry in the Wine Program menu. Installation by installer EXE.


What was not tested

Silverlight, Java, ActiveX.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Perfectly usable for testing standards-based websites for use on IE6, which should be the only reason anyone ever installs IE6 on Wine.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 13 20131.6-rc5No Not installable GarbageKen Sharp 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 21 20121.5.11No Not installable Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 04 20121.5.5No Not installable Garbagean anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 22 20101.2-rc1Yes Yes SilverMichael Lancaster 
ShowopenSUSE 11.2May 20 20101.1.44Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
5989 Cannot run uninstall for IE6 NEW View
22603 IE6 can't print at all. NEW View
23134 iexplore does not correctly detect proxy details NEW View
27428 Internet Explorer 6 'internet options' crashes on unimplemented function inetcpl.cpl.AddInternetPropertySheetsEx (undocumented) NEW View
27429 Drop-down list search auto-select not working in IE6 NEW View
47276 NotImplementedException: The method or operation is not implemented. Source: System.Windows.Forms at System.Windows.Forms.UnsafeNativeMethods.IHTMLDocument2.GetMimeType() UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Winetricks Installation

The best way to install IE 6 is to use winetricks!

  1. Download winetricks
  2. Let winetricks install IE6
    WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine_ie6 sh winetricks -q ie6
  3. Start IE
    WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine_ie6 wine ~/.wine_ie6/drive_c/Program\ Files/Internet\ Explorer/IEXPLORE.EXE


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.


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