Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 with Active Desktop: HPC:Factor
The HPC:Factor Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 with Active Desktop provides the highest
level of the Microsoft Internet Technologies available for Windows 95.
These downloads are no longer actively supported by Microsoft
This download is intended for Windows 95 & NT4 only. You should download the latest version of Internet Explorer Click Here
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 for Windows 95 & NT 4.0 with Active Desktop (5.51.4807.2300)
NOTE: Windows NT 4.0 users DO NOT need to install this version of IE 5.5 SP2 before upgrading to IE 6.0 SP1. HPC:Factor has created a version of IE 6.0 SP1 that includes the Shell Update for NT 4.0 users - view
This distribution of Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 will allow Windows 95 & NT 4.0 SP3+ users to upgrade their operating system to the Active Desktop Windows Shell. A feature often requested but difficult to obtain now that Internet Explorer 5.5 has been withdrawn from Microsoft.com.
Windows 98, Millennium and 2000 should NOT install this version of Internet Explorer. Users on these platforms should upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1.
Under Windows 95 and NT 4.0 the Desktop Update will be installed by default
* Windows NT 4.0 SP6 users can upgrade to Internet Explorer 6.0 with the Active Desktop shell directly, which is currently available here. We recommend that all NT 4.0 users pursue this upgrade path instead of installing Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 and then Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 - it will save time, bandwidth and reboots.
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Download & Install
Your computer must have an active Internet Connection to download the setup files from the HPC:Factor servers. We do not offer the ability to download the Internet Explorer Setup files before Installation.
Note: If you are using Windows NT 4.0 and require the Shell Update (Active Desktop) with Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1, please follow the download link to the NT 4.0 Shell Update below.
To Install Internet Explorer for Windows:
The MSIE Installer program is 494KB and will fit on a High Density Floppy disk
Download: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 (494 KB)
You should visit Windows Update to obtain the latest Updates for Internet Explorer to further improve your Internet security.
Windows Update - Click Here
Also see the HPC:Factor Patches & Updates guides.
If you experience any problems with the install process, i.e. receive File Not found errors from the installer or Unable to connect to Download Server errors please contact us so that we can resolve the problem
All Internet Explorer distributions have minor HPC Factor customisations. These customisations are limited to a small group of predefined Internet Favourites and branding changes which, if required. Can be deleted by the end user.