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Frequently Asked Questions: Internet Explorer 7 Administration Kit

Get answers to commonly asked questions about the Internet Explorer 7 Administration Kit (IEAK 7), and find links to additional material you might find helpful.

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General Information

Q.What is Microsoft IEAK 7?
A.IEAK 7 is the latest version of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit which enables users to create a custom browser and Internet service sign-up package for their customers using Internet Explorer. Note: Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) 8 is also now available for download.

Q.Does the IEAK support Windows Vista?
A.IEAK7 is supported on the following operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008.

IEAK is the recommended tool for solution providers and application developers who need to customize Internet Explorer for their customers. On Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, custom packages generated from IEAK 7 will transparently apply settings but will not install any Internet Explorer binaries since Internet Explorer 7 is included with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. By not installing Internet Explorer binaries, customers will benefit from having fewer setup scenarios to test and a more streamlined setup and install process. On Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, you can generate custom packages that either apply your customizations only (for users that have Internet Explorer 7 already installed) or include Internet Explorer 7 binaries in addition to your customizations (for users that have Internet Explorer 6 only).

Group Policy is the recommended tool for corporations needing to manage Internet Explorer on Windows client computers running on a corporate network. Internet Explorer supports Group Policy management for all functionality in Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008.

About IEAK

Q.Why should I upgrade to IEAK 7?
A.IEAK 7 is the newest toolkit for distributing and customizing Internet Explorer. It is also easier to download, install, and use. This version has an integrated license agreement that eliminates the need to use a customizable code to run IEAK.

Q.What's new in IEAK 7?
A.Corporate administrators will have the ability to preconfigure settings for browser features such as the Toolbar, Media Bar, Privacy Settings, and others.

Q.How will IEAK 7 be made available to customers?
A.You can download IEAK 7 from the Internet Explorer 7 resource page.

Q.Do you need a customization code to look at the IEAK?
A.IEAK 7 does not contain customization codes. You no longer need a customization code to unlock the functionality within Internet Explorer Administration Kit 7.

Q.Do I still need a customization code if I am using IEAK 5.5?
A.If you are using IEAK 5.5 or previous versions, you do still need a customization code to run the IEAK. It is strongly suggested that you upgrade to the latest release of IEAK.

Q.What if I've lost or forgotten my customization code?
A.Send e-mail to You will receive an e-mail message with your customization code.

Q.What about x64 and Itanium support? What Operating Systems are supported?
A.With this version of this product, you can customize and install Internet Explorer 7 on computers that are running the x86-based, x64-based, or Itanium-based versions of Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating systems. You can install IEAK7 on computers running Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Custom packages that you generate for Internet Explorer 7 on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 will install your customizations; Internet Explorer 7 binaries will not be installed since they are included with these versions of the operating system.

IEAK Features

Q.What key features did Microsoft add to IEAK 7?
A.For a list of the major features that make IEAK 7 the easiest-to-use option for saving administrators time and money in deploying and managing Web solutions, see the features list in Introduction to IEAK 7.

Internet Connection Wizard and Configuration Manager Administration Kit

Q.Does the Interent Connection Wizard work on IEAK 7?
A.Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who include Internet sign-up as part of their custom packages will use different tools to automate the sign-up process based on the version of the operating system for which their custom packages are being built. ISPs building custom packages for Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 will use the Internet Connection Wizard. ISPs building custom packages for Internet Explorer 7 on Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 will use the Connection Manager Administration Kit.

IEAK Security

Q.What has Microsoft done to increase the stability of Internet Explorer?
A.Microsoft continually tests Internet Explorer to find and fix any stability problems that may exist. In addition, a Fault Collection feature in Internet Explorer 7 allowed us to more accurately pinpoint problems experienced in the browser by our development team and by early beta testers. As Internet Explorer 7 is more broadly used, crash reports from users will play an important role in increasing Internet Explorer stability.

Q.What has Microsoft done to increase security with the browser?
A.Internet Explorer 7 supports the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P), a technology developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that provides a way for users to control how their personal information is used by Web sites they visit. This technology helps protect the privacy of users' personal information on the Internet by simplifying the process for deciding whether and under what circumstances personal information is disclosed to Web sites.

IEAK Standards

Q.What standards are supported in Internet Explorer 7?
A.Internet Explorer 7 provides a powerful developer platform with 100 percent support for DOM 1, HTML 4.0, and CSS 1.
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