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Prepare to Run the Wizard

Before running the Internet Explorer 6 Customization Wizard, you should gather the information you will need and create custom bitmaps.

Determining the initial platform requirements

  • Verify that the computer you will build your package from and the computers you will install your package on meet the hardware and system requirements.

  • Determine the encryption levels for your browser packages. For information about encryption of Internet Explorer, see the IEAK Web site.

Deciding on your distribution method

Decide how you will distribute your custom package (CD, download, local area network, or floppy disk). After the Internet Explorer 6 Customization Wizard builds your package, you will need to move the files to the selected media. If you build a downloadable package, you must move the package to the appropriate place on your server.

If you decide to publish your custom package to an Internet server, you need to know the path to the server and the URL from which the files are downloaded. Then create a folder on the Web server, such as CIE, to publish all the files and folders associated with your custom browser. For example, you might create a server path of C:\Inetpub\Wwwroot\Cie\. If computername is the virtual root for this web server, the corresponding URL would be http://computername/Cie/.

Obtaining a digital certificate

Make initial preparations for signing certain files, such as customization files created by the Internet Explorer 6 Customization Wizard and any custom components, if you distribute files over the Internet or an intranet that is not specially configured. With browser security features, users are warned about or prevented from downloading files that are not signed. Digital signatures identify the source of programs and guarantee that the code has not changed since it was signed.

The Internet Explorer 6 Customization Wizard can sign your files if you have a publishing certificate from a certification authority. To prepare certificates for use by the IEAK, you can import them onto your computer by using the Certificate Manager Import Wizard. If you have received a file with an .spc extension, you can start the Certificate Manager Import Wizard by double-clicking the .spc file in Windows Explorer or My Computer.

You can also open the Certificate Manager from Internet Explorer. To do so, click the Tools menu, click Internet Options, click the Content tab, and then click Certificates. Click Import to start the Certificate Manager Import Wizard, and then follow the steps on the screen.

Deciding whether to configure the Windows Desktop Update for your organization.

Creating the structure on your build machine

Folder name



Parent root for all files built by the IEAK or referenced in your custom package


Custom bitmap files (graphic files needed for your custom browser)

Creating the appropriate graphics

You have the option of customizing the following bitmaps in your browser. Place the bitmaps in the \CIE\Bitmaps\ folder before you run the Internet Explorer 6 Customization Wizard.

The custom backgrounds and buttons are displayed only on computers with 256-color (8-bit) display capabilities. On computers with 16-color (4-bit) display capabilities, a standard low-resolution background bitmap and button set are displayed.

  • One background bitmap for the CD-ROM Autorun screen (if you create a CD-ROM package).

    If you plan to distribute your custom browser on a compact disc, you will need to create bitmaps as part of the Autorun splash screen that is displayed after the user has inserted the compact disc.

  • One custom image for the CD-ROM buttons (if you create a CD-ROM package).

  • Two custom bitmaps for the Windows Update Setup Wizard (if you want to customize its appearance): a 162-by-312 pixel bitmap for the left side of the first wizard screen and a 496-by-56 pixel bitmap for the top of the remaining wizard screens.

  • One custom toolbar bitmap (that displays as a background for the buttons and menus).

  • Two static 256-color bitmap images (one 38-by-38 pixels and the other 22-by-22 pixels), which are used to brand the Internet Explorer browser with your logo.

  • Two animated 256-color bitmap images (one 38-by-38 pixels and the other 22-by-22 pixels), which are used to brand the Internet Explorer browser with your animated logo.

    Two tools are included with the IEAK to help you create and preview customized animated bitmaps for your browser.

Gathering the URLs for Home, Search, and Support pages

It is a good idea to create a support page that appears if your users encounter problems when installing the browser. You are prompted for the URLs for these pages when you run the Internet Explorer 6 Customization Wizard.

Planning your security and Windows Desktop Update strategies

You can customize and control many user options, such as security and the Windows Desktop Update. You should plan your strategy before you run the Internet Explorer 6 Customization Wizard.

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