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Stage 1: Gathering Information

In this stage of the Internet Explorer Customization wizard, corporate administrators are prompted for the following information:

  • Your company name and ten-digit customization code. The customization code was included with other kit information you received from Microsoft.

  • Your role based on your license agreement. You must specify whether you are a content provider or developer, service provider, or corporate administrator.

  • The platform for which you will build your Internet Explorer package.

  • The file locations for creating your customized browser package.

  • The language of the browser package you are creating. You must run the Customization wizard for each international version you want to create.

  • The distribution media you plan to use, such as CD-ROM or multiple floppy disks.

  • The features you plan to customize. For example, if you are making only minor modifications to the browser, you won't need to view all of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit wizard screens.

Note: The Customization wizard will not work correctly if Internet Explorer 5 is not installed.


Company Name and Customization Code




Company name

Type the administrator's company name. This information is put in the Registry for identification. This is not the name that will appear in the title bar of the browser. You will set this option later in the Internet Explorer Customization wizard.

Customization code

This customization code is required for creating distribution media (or you can run through in demonstration mode only); you cannot run the wizard without it. Keep this code safe and do not distribute it. You should have received your customization code via mail or e-mail after you registered. You must register for a license to redistribute Internet Explorer and related products. If you have lost your customization code, see the Internet Explorer Administration Kit Web site for further instructions.

The title that best fits your role

Because the customization code may not be specific to the administrator's role, the wizard selects Content Provider by default. Be sure to select Corporate Administrator to receive all the necessary wizard options.

Platform Options


You can build customized Internet Explorer packages for the following operating systems:

  • 32-bit versions of the browser run on these operating systems: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0.

  • 16-bit versions of the browser run on these operating systems: Windows 3.1, Windows for Workgroups 3.11, Windows NT 3.51 (Although Windows NT 3.51 is a 32-bit operating system, it runs the 16-bit version of the browser).

  • UNIX versions of the browser run on these operating systems: Solaris 2.5 and greater, HP-UX 10.2 or greater.

To build an Internet Explorer Administration Kit package for a different operating system, you must run the Internet Explorer Customization wizard again.

Windows 16-bit versions of the browser: Some customization features, deployment methods, and maintenance practices are different for these Windows operating systems. For more information, see the Internet Explorer Resource Kit.

UNIX versions of the browser: Some customization features, deployment methods, and maintenance practices are different for the UNIX operating systems. For more information, see the Internet Explorer Resource Kit.

File Locations




Destination folder

This is the location where the packages will be placed after the wizard is finished.

The destination folder is where customized packages will be placed when the wizard is finished. You can create the package on your hard disk and move it to an Internet or intranet server, or you can create it on a Web server.

Subfolders for each localized version are created in the destination folder you specify for each platform and media type.

If you are creating the package on your hard disk or network drive, the recommended destination is C:\Cie\Dist. If you are creating the package on a Web server that is running from your hard disk, the destination should be the path to the Web server.

For example, if you specify your destination folder as C:\Inetpub\Wwwroot\Cie\Dist, then the English language version for Windows NT 4.0 would be created in the C:\Inetpub\Wwwroot\Cie\Dist\Download\Win32\En folder.

Note, however, that all media versions (Web, CD, and LAN, for instance) of a package will get created in the subdirectory specified here.

Advanced Options




Check for latest components via AVS

The Internet Explorer Administration Kit can check on the Internet for the latest versions of components when you create your Internet Explorer package. This feature can help you detect whether new versions have become available since the last time you ran the Internet Explorer Customization wizard. Automatic Version Synchronization (AVS) must be run at least once if the Internet Explorer Administration Kit was installed from the Internet.

Path of .ins files to import settings from

The Internet Explorer Administration Kit retains the most recently used settings of each separately saved build in the .ins subdirectory. Administrators can recover the settings from a previous .ins file by entering the path here.

Component Download folder

Administrators can specify a location for the downloaded components. The AVS feature automatically checks this folder to determine whether you have the latest components available. With AVS, you download only the components that have changed since the last time you downloaded them. It is recommended that you do not change this folder, so that you can keep the components synchronized. If this location is changed, then the Internet Explorer Administration Kit will need to resynchronize all components.

It is important that administrators understand versioning and version synchronization when setting a browser policy for an organization. Microsoft may periodically release a later version of the Internet Explorer 5 browser or its components, and the Internet Explorer Administration Kit can synchronize its downloaded components with the latest versions. However, once these components have been synchronized, there is no way to roll back to an earlier version when creating new packages. Administrators can access older versions of updated components in one of two ways:

  • Check the "Change Component Download Folder" button when synchronizing components, and specify a new location for components. Selecting this option will require a complete resynchronization of all components because the Internet Explorer Administration Kit will not see any downloaded components in the new folder. This may be desirable if the integrity of an up-to-date component is unknown and a separate and newly downloaded version is desired.

  • Make a copy of the c:\program files\ieak\download folder after downloading and synchronizing the production set of components,. This maintains a copy of older components in case an updated component needs to be rolled back. When synchronizing, only the new versions of components will be updated.

Language Selection


Choose the language you want from the Target language list. If the language you want to use is not listed, quit the wizard, insert the CD that contains the language you want to use, and then restart the wizard.

The language you choose determines how the following folders are structured:

  • A subfolder for each localized version (for example, EN for English and DE for German) is created in the destination folder for your browser package. The destination folder is where the customized packages will be placed when the wizard is finished.

    For example, if you specify that your destination folder is C:\Cie\Build1\, your customized package that contains a downloadable English-language 32-bit version of Internet Explorer 5 will be created in this folder: C:\Cie\Build1\Download\Win32\En

If your users install the Windows Desktop Update, the language must match the language of their operating system. This limitation does not apply to the browser. If users attempt to install the browser and shell in a different language, only the browser will be installed.

You must run this wizard once for each localized version you want to create. To retain settings across multiple versions, specify the same destination folder for each version. The localized versions will then be saved in different subfolders.

Media Selection


On this screen, you determine which type of media you will use to distribute your package. Almost every package created will require 20MB to 60MB of storage in the location specified in the previous screen. The recommended installation types for Corporate Administrators are CD-ROM, Flat, and/or Web Download.




Select this option to build a package for downloading over an intranet or the Internet. You can build your customized packages on your hard disk, and then move them to an Internet server or, if you're a corporate administrator, an intranet server. You can also build your packages directly on the server by specifying the server path as the target folder.


When you create a version on CD-ROM, you can also specify Autorun information. This option groups your custom package into a set of folders and provides support for Autorun, which is a screen users see when they insert the CD-ROM into their computers.

Flat (all files in one directory)

If you build your packages on a local area network, or if you plan to move your packages to one, select this option to place all of the necessary files in one folder under the target destination (for example, C:\Cie\Lan).

Single disk branding

Select this option to customize an existing installation of Internet Explorer (versions 4.01 Service Pack 1, which came with Windows 98, and higher). This option creates a Setup.exe file in the BrndOnly folder of your build location. You can distribute this file on any media or server. When this file runs, it will customize Internet Explorer features, including Internet sign-up for ISPs, without installing Internet Explorer. This option does not enable you to package and install custom components, however.

Feature Selection


Administrators can determine which remaining screens of the Customization wizard are displayed by selecting or clearing the check boxes in this screen. This will make it faster and easier to complete the Customization wizard. Checking or clearing these boxes will not affect functionality; rather, these boxes will determine which items in the Internet Explorer Administration Kit Customization wizard can be customized.

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