Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 5.0 (Released March 1999). ­ Last version supported on Windows 3.x and Windows NT 3.x.

A fully featured Web Browser.­

In later versions of Windows, Internet Explorer is integrated into the operating system.

Application Details:

Version: 5.0 (32-bit)
License: Free to use
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.9

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Free Download IE 5.0 (full) Free Download IE 5.01 (full) Free Download IE 5.01 SP 2 (full)

Test Results

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What works

Installation and using the browser with some hacks. About screen, toolbar customization, and fullscreen mode work.

What does not

Most images aren't rendered. Help does nothing. The browser crashes a lot - you can work around that by using the builtin jscript, but that compromises web page behavior. Favorites are buggy. Advanced options aren't shown.

There are black or pink backgrounds behind some icons using the recipe below - this is a side effect of using native comctl32, but without it, you'd run into other toolbar-related bugs.


What was not tested

Rendering in Wine vs. Windows wasn't compared much - missing images and crashing native jscript already cause problems with that. Most functionality not mentioned above wasn't tested much (or at all). Plugins, printing, and ActiveX for instance.

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Additional Comments

IE5 SP2 was tested. Use this recipe to get it running (most of it was stolen from winetricks ie6): 1. Run 'wine iexplore -unregserver' 2. Run 'winetricks msls31' 3. Open winecfg and add overrides for the following: browseui, comctl32, iexplore.exe, inetcpl.cpl, jscript, mshtml, shdoclc, shdocvw, shlwapi 4. Remove this file from your virtual c: drive: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe 5. Remove these files from your virtual C:\windows\system32: browseui.dll comctl32.dll inetcpl.cpl jscript.dll mshtml.dll shdoclc.dll shdocvw.dll shlwapi.dll 6. Run the unpacker, then the installer 7. Run this command: for i in actxprxy.dll browseui.dll cdfview.dll comctl32.dll ddraw.dll dispex.dll dsound.dll iedkcs32.dll iepeers.dll iesetup.dll imgutil.dll inetcomm.dll inseng.dll jscript.dll mlang.dll mshtml.dll mshtmled.dll msi.dll msident.dll msoeacct.dll msrating.dll msxml3.dll occache.dll ole32.dll oleaut32.dll olepro32.dll quartz.dll rpcrt4.dll rsabase.dll rsaenh.dll scrrun.dll shdocvw.dll shell32.dll urlmon.dll vbscript.dll webcheck.dll asctrls.ocx hhctrl.ocx tdc.ocx webcheck.dll; do wine regsvr32 /i $i; done 8. Run the browser like so: wine 'C:/Program Files/Internet Explorer/iexplore.exe'

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 24 20101.3.9Yes Yes BronzeA Wine user 
CurrentUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 28 20101.3.8Yes Yes BronzeA Wine user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 09 20101.2-rc7No Not installable GarbageMichael Lancaster 
ShowsiduxSep 26 20091.1.29No Not installable Garbagephobie 

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


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.