Create Multiple Versions of the Browser

If you support more than one version of Microsoft® Windows® in your organization, you must create a custom package of Windows Internet Explorer® for each version. Similarly, if you support more than one language in your organization, you must create a custom package of Internet Explorer for each language. You may also find it useful to create versions of Internet Explorer 9 that share many of the same settings, but, for example, contain different telephone numbers for Internet sign-up. It is therefore important to know how to create multiple versions of the browser.

After running the Internet Explorer Customization Wizard 9 once, when you run it again, it displays the settings you specified for the original version of your custom browser. These settings are stored in the Install.ins file. By renaming this file, you can quickly create multiple custom browser packages with similar settings. To do this, do the following:

To create different versions of a custom package for Internet Explorer

  1. Create a custom browser package using the Internet Explorer Customization Wizard 9, as described in the Run the Internet Explorer Customization Wizard 9 section of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit 9 documentation.

  2. Navigate to the CIE\Custom folder that you created, as described in Prepare Your Build Computer, and then rename the Install.ins file. For example, if you need a version for users located in Texas, you could name the file Texas.ins.

  3. In the CIE\Custom folder, open the Signup.htm file. Create a link in this file to the renamed .ins file.

  4. Run the wizard again, and specify the same custom folder as the destination directory for the output files.


    Be careful to keep wizard settings the same across all builds, except for the following settings, which you can customize for each build:

    • Logo

    • Title bar text

    • Favorites

    • Links bar

    • Home page and Search bar

  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 until you have created a package for each version of your custom browser that you need.