Download Full Internet Explorer 6 SP1 Standalone Installer

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Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 use live installation method. The installation software will connect to the Microsoft server and download required files. You need to stay online during the whole installation. It does not leave installation files* after setup completed.

Is there any way to download the setup files only but not install it?
Yes, you can actually download Internet Explorer 6 SP1 setup files for later installation (or install on other PC).


  1. Download Internet Explorer 6 SP1 setup file (480KB), and save in a folder where you want to keep the whole setup files. Here I use » c:\download
  2. Click Start > Run… , enter the following command line in the field provided.
    c:\download\ie6setup.exe /c:"ie6wzd.exe /d:1 /s:""#E"
  3. The IE setup will launch. After accept the agreement, you are provided the Download Options as follows.
    Internet Explorer Download Options

    Here you can choose where do you want to store the setup files and download setup files for which Windows version.

  4. Click Next button and it will start download the setup files, without install. Done!

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My two cents

After cleaning the spywares/adwares of my office PCs, I usually will do the Windows Update as well. Since most of them are Windows9x running IE5, it will took long time to download IE6 for each PC… By saving setup files in my PC, I just need to access the files through LAN and setup their IE6. :)

P/S: Though using broadband Internet connection, but downloading the same files (12MB) for each PC is definately not fun.

74 Responses to Download Full Internet Explorer 6 SP1 Standalone Installer

  1. Kiran Prasad Acharya June 2, 2005 at 4:24 pm #

    Thank you for your information. It really helped me.

    – Kiran
    Kathmandu, Nepal

  2. Nam June 9, 2005 at 2:11 pm #

    Thanks for usefull help. I got it to install in my company without internet.

  3. Ani June 10, 2005 at 1:27 pm #

    require ie 6.0 + sp2

  4. LcF June 10, 2005 at 1:42 pm #

    @Ani: what do you mean? I don’t see download IE installer require IE6 or SP2.

  5. MorpheuS June 12, 2005 at 4:05 pm #

    Nice tip, tank u

  6. Jeffrey June 30, 2005 at 8:22 pm #

    Kudos to you for this.
    Need to get IE6 onto a computer that only has dialup.

    Why can’t MS provide a link to let you get the whole thing?

    Thanks again.

  7. Raj thampi July 21, 2005 at 4:51 pm #

    Thanks man, I was always wondering about a stand alone IE6 installer.

  8. Spaleo August 29, 2005 at 6:15 pm #

    Its a really cool tip. Keep up the good work. It surely will help people like me. you can also find a similar text at

  9. luther September 25, 2005 at 5:42 am #

    I have a dilemma.

    Where I am, the only computer that has internet access is a mac. I want to download the latest version of IE for my PC that is offline to test some web sites that I am creating.

    Any suggestions? This doesnt work for me, since I cannot run the installer on the mac…
    I need the whole stand alone version to download on the mac and transfer and run on the PC.

  10. LcF September 25, 2005 at 12:04 pm #

    For Mac user, the latest IE version you can get is IE 5 fo Mac. Microsoft stopped the IE development for Mac.

  11. Dennis September 25, 2005 at 11:25 pm #

    Thanks very much! This is really helpful!

  12. Stephen October 6, 2005 at 5:38 am #

    Great Stuff… Had to install IE6 on an offline PC.. Nightmare that you solved ..Thanks

  13. miki October 6, 2005 at 6:37 pm #

    needed IE6 to run my bookkeeping program but do not ever want to connect that computer to the net. you made it possible, thanks mate. makes me wonder why Microsoft plays this game, control?

  14. VertigoMG October 7, 2005 at 5:39 pm #

    Cool! Thanks for the info. =) enweiz how did you get this?


  15. Doug October 11, 2005 at 11:34 pm #

    As the others have said — you rock.

    Thanks for posting this procedure. I was able to download IE6 on an ISDN at work, then install it to a pc without the torture of dial-up.

  16. KP October 12, 2005 at 12:13 am #

    thank you very much
    very helpful

  17. arif October 24, 2005 at 12:59 pm #

    Thanks! Really useful tip!

  18. Ravi Kumar.D November 2, 2005 at 6:02 pm #

    thank you very much. really it’s a usefull tip…! i was soo worry about this. thank you very much..

  19. ma_ge November 3, 2005 at 12:06 am #

    is there any method to download winxp service pack 1/2 standalone installer??

  20. you_da_man November 9, 2005 at 4:27 am #

    Live saver you are

  21. Avinash November 10, 2005 at 12:04 pm #

    Thanks man. It really helped me a lot. great work.

  22. Kev November 21, 2005 at 5:34 am #

    Excellent, this was exactly what I needed. Thanks!

  23. Merturk_NB November 29, 2005 at 2:54 am #

    Thank you. I had a client with dial up that needs IE6 for Microsoft Antispyware. You saved me 2 hours.

  24. irsan December 1, 2005 at 8:23 am #

    thank you for posting this usefull information… are you in Malay ?

  25. Rabindra KC December 11, 2005 at 3:17 pm #

    many many thanks for the tip. really it is faboulous.

  26. Sopio December 28, 2005 at 2:46 pm #

    Hi, LiewCF,

    Windows XP default not allow to re-install IE, Any idea to re-install it? for after anti the spyware, IE become very strange. Please advice.

    And thanks for your hints to download the IE package.

  27. LcF December 28, 2005 at 3:53 pm #

    Sopio: there is a instruction to reinstall Internet Explorer on Windows XP at Microsoft Knowledgebase.

  28. Offline January 17, 2006 at 8:47 am #

    Thank you for your tip! After a lot of frustration at trying to install a wireless card that required IE 5.5 or above (what genius at linksys thought of requiring that when you are trying to network a computer that was offline), I tried your advice and it worked. Thank you!

  29. dimi January 18, 2006 at 4:59 am #

    the direct command did not workek (error messages on windows XP) so
    I was able to download in parts.
    First run in the download directory (I did it via the MSDOS window)
    ie6setup /C
    Thuis will bring the first files, including ie6wzd.
    The run
    ie6wzd /d:1
    which will bring the rest of the installation files.

    the option /s#E made it fail (what is this option by the way??)

  30. amarjit singh February 1, 2006 at 8:30 pm #

    coool man….thanx

  31. Gunit February 2, 2006 at 1:51 pm #

    You the MAN!!

  32. TMD_chapa February 6, 2006 at 2:13 am #

    Thank you very much… I needed to install SBS 2000, and the anti-virus needs the IE5.5 (it comes with IE5.0). First time i tried to windows update before install anti-virus!!!! I imediatly got a lot of virus…
    The only solution is installing IE 6.0, then anti-virus, and then windows update.


  33. Juliano February 24, 2006 at 6:09 pm #

    Realmente funciona.

    Dica 100% funcional…

  34. Dave March 10, 2006 at 4:15 am #

    Genius mate 😉

  35. Rahanash March 11, 2006 at 2:48 pm #

    Really helpful tip

    Please continue doing such good work

    have a great day

  36. Alistair March 21, 2006 at 11:20 pm #

    Installed IE7, then attempted to install IE6 as a standalone – no luck!

    I guess I’ll have to try and extract from the cab files.


  37. LcF March 22, 2006 at 12:12 am #

    Since u installed newer IE7, Windows won’t allow you to downgrade to IE6. Try to uninstall IE7 first before install IE6.

  38. Gabi April 9, 2006 at 5:59 pm #

    Thanks for the info, it works fine. However I still have a problem: this instruction downloads the English IE6. I would need another language (Hungarian). Could you please help me how to download it? I tried to change the language in the setup file, but after entering the command line command it still downloaded the English version… Would appreciate your help.
    Have a nice day.

  39. Santiago April 10, 2006 at 5:28 am #

    dimi, your post was really helpful, i had troubles on xp and did the same you did, AND IT WORKED PERFECTLY. thanks a lot to you and LcF all of your comments were really useful!!! This forum is te best ever

  40. rosh April 19, 2006 at 8:20 pm #

    thanks, this was for my GF

  41. Hannes May 13, 2006 at 8:19 pm #

    Thanks alot! This was really helpfull.
    I had to download IE although I already have FireFox, since MSN messenger doesn’t work withought it.

  42. M.Kazemi May 25, 2006 at 3:43 pm #


  43. tienvn June 1, 2006 at 4:13 pm #

    Thanks a lot. Hope to see more useful tips from u.

  44. sean June 8, 2006 at 9:16 pm #

    is there anyway someone can email me the setup files for ie6 for windows nt? i am at work, need the files and cant do this acuse im not admin.

  45. Rakesh Mohan June 9, 2006 at 11:58 pm #

    Thanks, the information was very helpful. What I would like to know is how do you learn all this stuff. I guess it’s just because you are more persistent than I.

  46. June 11, 2006 at 2:51 pm #

    Thank you because I have a Windows 2000 Adv. Server Disk but now

    I am planning to integrate all security, freeware, software, and regular updates to my operating system cd.
    That way I won’t have to worry about doing all this rebooting, downloading, and installing all these updates, security updates, and programs.

    Also I won’t ever have to keep validating my windows operating system over and over again because I integrating the downloads. They need a special program where if you validate your OS on your MSN account just sign in and no re-validationg.

    My server will be secure the minute I use my Operating System. No more worrying about security. I will just install, set up my server, and forget.

    Peace of mind!:)

  47. Raven Sati June 17, 2006 at 3:19 am #

    Thanks for making available how to download the IE6 SP1 install pgm.


  48. rizwan November 5, 2006 at 10:47 pm #

    Thanks a lot ,
    it really helped me a lot,

  49. deep jyoti November 8, 2006 at 6:22 pm #

    This is really nice thank you

  50. arul November 29, 2006 at 4:33 pm #


  51. Binu February 1, 2007 at 1:58 pm #

    thanks a lot …….

  52. maho February 17, 2007 at 8:14 am #

    it didnt work, gave a syntax error (command line sysntax error). this coz i’ve got ie7 on a xp system me thinks.
    but i need it for a friend who has a super slow internet connection (win2000) system.
    only thing left for me is to get his pc and hook it up to my 20mbit line and install that stuff.

  53. slipdog February 23, 2007 at 5:19 am #

    You failed to mention if you already have the same or higher version of MSIE on your computer it will not work!

  54. Tony Mancini May 18, 2007 at 10:59 pm #

    Doesn’t work if you have IE7 installed already… thanks anyways though.

  55. mylamami July 4, 2007 at 7:52 am #

    nice tip …..thanx

  56. Eric Young September 17, 2007 at 1:14 am #

    @Tony Mancini

    You can use the /q switch to do a quiet install. This will bypass the dialog that comes up when you already have a later version of IE.

  57. bunbury November 7, 2007 at 9:12 pm #

    well you can download the files if you have IE6, i downloaded the offline installer in a machine with XP SP2

  58. George December 17, 2007 at 3:50 pm #

    This works well. I am on dialup and have several computers. I sure did not want to go thru this more than once. It will get burned on a CD now.

    One problem. You have an error in that string to enter. You have:
    c:downloadie6setup.exe /c:”ie6wzd.exe /d:1 /s:””#E”

    It should read:
    “C:\Download\ie6setup.exe” /c:”ie6wzd.exe /d:1 /s:””#E”

    In other words the slash after the word download is missing.

    When I copied and pasted the line, it would not run. Then I noticed the error.

    Now if only I could understand why MS does not just have an option to just download the whole file.

    I will assume this will work on any download of this kind, by just changing the file name.


    If you reply by email, you may have to send it a second time (to verify) because of my spam blocker.

  59. LcF December 17, 2007 at 5:34 pm #

    thank you, George. The slashes error was due to wordpress auto parsing script to remove the security concerned characters.

  60. Sameer December 28, 2007 at 7:26 pm #

    Thanks for this Idea….

  61. Eejay January 5, 2008 at 7:25 am #

    IE6 Full Install
    I have an old IBM600e, running W98SE, that I use for testing out websites on a local testbed server. The machine is not connected to the Internet. To check stuff out I needed Internet Explorer 6.

    There are several sites, including Micrososft’s that tell you how to get IE6 onto you machine. However all of them required the machine to be online. These instructions were also found on sites that said to do it this way and not be online as well. Needless to say none of them worked.

    A complete, full installer for IE6.0 can be found here:

    Click the ie60.exe link and it takes you to a selection of mirrors to download from. Pick one and download the file It’s a 77mb download. I downloaded it with a connected PC to a flash stick then stuck it into my 600e.

    Double clicking the ie60.exe file expands the exe file into folder named IE 6.0 FULL (checked it for viruses – none).

    OpenED that folder and double click ie6setup.exe and it installED Internet Explorer 6 on the Thinkpad.

    I am running it no problem and have burned the IE 6.0 FULL folder with its contents to a CD for future use.

  62. Mayank February 25, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    Thank You Very Much

  63. April 20, 2008 at 12:51 am #

    Thanks A LOT, you’ve saved me!
    I’m writing these instructions in italian as well to help people find this solution more easily through google:
    Se vuoi installare Internet Explorer 6 (ie6) in modalità offline (senza connessione) segui queste istruzioni!

  64. George Abraham May 6, 2008 at 6:59 am #

    Hi, excellent work. I did the download, but is facing a problem in installing the downloaded files in my Windows 2000 Server + SP4. Could you please help me? I am not finding an executable to run in the download. Any way out?
    Thanks a lot.


  65. Jmbtuleo June 26, 2008 at 5:39 am #

    It’s so interesting:,

  66. Spnxx June 30, 2008 at 4:13 pm #

    Thank you very much!!! all available downloads is 76mb(full install).

  67. fuwad84 July 25, 2008 at 4:00 pm #

    Thank you VERY MUCH for this information, I needed to install IE6 on my Windows2000 pc but it only had dialup. Why wait several hours when I can download all the setup files on my friends DSL hooked up computer. Again a million thanks.

  68. Blake October 5, 2008 at 9:07 pm #

    I put the file in the root, running XP SP3, ie 7.0 5730 13

    It does load the eula, but then fails (unable to load the required components), , So I tried with /q, still fails.

    C:ie6setup.exe /c:”ie6wzd.exe /d /s /q:””#E”

  69. Marco November 17, 2008 at 5:18 am #

    I think using the site will work best for me. I am trying to install printer drivers and I need a later version of IE to do so (even though my PC can’t even connect to the internet, the reason everyone here is having these problems). So using my dads computer I am at this site but he has IE7 and in the middle of the download I am given the prompt “Do you want to run this software” with 11499 kb of 19763 kb downloaded. If I select no than the installation stops…I’ve yet to resolove my problem. I just need IE6 install on my jump drive or CD to install on my home pc with no net. HELP! =)

  70. Ralph November 18, 2008 at 8:53 am #

    My brother has win98 and dialup (poor soul).
    Am helping him over the phone. His problem is OE and IE crash and misbehave. I suggested he reinstall ie6 (and therefore OE) I directed him to the download ie6 with sp1 from MS ( he has win98).
    As we know, all we get is the installer first.
    Then, during the install when the installation tries to get the rest of the files from the net, it cannot proceed. He is on dialup.

    So, I tried to get the full package as per the instructions on your site and it gets well down the track downloading modules but then says

    “Setup was unable to download the required components. Please make sure you are connected to the Internet, or try to run Setup again later.”

    This is nuts, I am running high speed cable and other downloads arrive in a twinkle. Also, this is supposed to be a download, not a setup.
    All I wanna do is save the files and burn my brother a cd.
    Is it possible for me dload the “full” from somewhere as a zip file?
    I can then send him the zipped (or unzipped) files on a disc.
    But even then, how will his computer know not to try and get files from the net half way though the install?

    Many thanks,
    [My system XP Pro]

  71. Vitaliy November 24, 2008 at 8:54 am #

    Try this out:

  72. liton November 30, 2008 at 4:54 am #

    thanks and pls provide me full windows xp for my pc

  73. t September 11, 2009 at 11:49 pm #

    having trouble installing it when the installer tries to download the files from microsoft.

  74. Phred April 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Microsoft no longer distributes IE6. You will not get this procedure to work, as it will fail to find a download site to get the requested files from.;

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