Customization Options for Specific Audiences

During installation of Internet Explorer Administration Kit 10 (IEAK 10), you are asked to pick a role or version, based on your license agreement. This version determines what options are available for you to customize for your Internet Explorer® 10 package, the steps you need to take to fully deploy that package, and how you can manage the browser after deployment. The versions available are External and Internal.

External. Choose this version if you want to create a customized version of Internet Explorer to distribute outside of a corporate environment. The following scenarios should use the External license for IEAK 10:

  • Internet Content Provider (ICP). If you are an ICP or an independent software vendor (ISV), and you want to create a customized version of Internet Explorer for customers who already have Internet accounts.

  • Creating a basic version of Internet Explorer. Users of the former Covermount program can use the External version of IEAK 10 to create and distribute a version of Internet Explorer 10.

Internal. Choose this version if you are an administrator, and you want to create a customized version of Internet Explorer for your users.


Some features may not be available, depending on your license agreement. For more information, consult your contract.

The Setup program (both versions)

You can use all IEAK versions to customize portions of the Setup program for Internet Explorer:

  • Customize the appearance of, and amount of user interaction with, the Setup program for Internet Explorer (Internal version only).

  • Point users to Internet servers to access the latest product versions.

  • Roll out internal programs, custom scripts, or maintenance scripts when your users install Internet Explorer.

  • Specify the language of Internet Explorer to include in the installation package. You must run the Internet Explorer Customization Wizard 10 once for each language version you want to create.

The browser (both versions)

All versions of IEAK 10 can customize portions of the Internet Explorer browser:

  • Set home, Search, and support page URLs.

  • Pre-load links and folders into Favorites, Links, and Feeds lists.

  • Change the title bar text and add custom buttons to launch programs.

The Internet Explorer logo (External version only)

If you are an ISP or ICP, in accordance with the terms of your license agreement, you must display the Internet Explorer logo on your packaging and promotional goods, as well as on your website.

Security and content ratings (Internal version only)

If you are using the Internal version of IEAK 10, you can manage the browser-related security settings and content ratings for your users and computers in your organization by doing the following:

  • Set your users' rating configurations to adhere to your organization's policies.

  • Use security zones to establish different levels of security and zones of trust.

  • Specify proxy settings for addresses and ports.

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