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Internet Explorer Administration Kit 11 (IEAK 11) - Administrator's Guide


Update: The retired, out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 desktop application has been permanently disabled through a Microsoft Edge update on certain versions of Windows 10. For more information, see Internet Explorer 11 desktop app retirement FAQ.

The Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) simplifies the creation, deployment, and management of customized Internet Explorer packages. You can use the IEAK to configure the out-of-box Internet Explorer experience or to manage user settings after Internet Explorer deployment.

Use this guide to learn about the several options and processes you'll need to consider while you're using the Internet Explorer Administration Kit 11 (IEAK 11) to customize, deploy, and manage Internet Explorer 11 for your employee's devices.


Because this content isn't intended to be a step-by-step guide, not all of the steps are necessary.

Included technology

IEAK 11 includes the following technology:

  • Internet Explorer Customization Wizard. This wizard guides you through the process of creating custom browser packages. After these packages are installed on your user's desktop, the user receives customized versions of Internet Explorer 11, with the settings and options you selected through the wizard.
  • Windows Installer (MSI). IEAK 11 supports creating an MSI wrapper for your custom Internet Explorer 11 packages, enabling you to use Active Directory to deploy the package to your user's PC.
  • IEAK Help. IEAK 11 Help includes many conceptual and procedural topics, which you can view from the Index, Contents, or Search tabs. You also have the option to print any topic, or the entire Help library.

Naming conventions

IE11 and IEAK 11 offers differing experiences between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Update and newer versions of the Windows operating system:

Name Description
IE The immersive browser, or IE, without a specific version.
Internet Explorer for the desktop The desktop browser. This is the only experience available when running IE11 on Windows 7 SP1.
IE11 The whole browser, which includes both IE and Internet Explorer for the desktop.
Internet Explorer Customization Wizard 11 Step-by-step wizard screens that help you create custom IE11 installation packages.