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Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 for Windows 3.x

This HPC:Factor Internet Explorer Distribution provides the highest level of Microsoft browser technology for Windows 3.1, 3.11, Windows For Workgroups (Cumulatively known as Win16), Windows NT 3.51 Workstation and Windows NT 3.51 Server.
HPC:Factor's servers will distribute the program directly to the client. All you require is an Internet connection available to the PC you wish to install onto and the main Installer file which can be download through this page.

These downloads are no longer actively supported by Microsoft

These downloads are intended for Windows 3.x Only. If you use a different version of Windows Click Here
That means it's NOT for Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.0

Internet Explorer 5.0 Screen Shot

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 (5.0.913.2200)

HPC Factor provides distributions of Internet Explorer for Win16 purely for the benefit of our users. Handheld PC's cannot be synchronised with Windows 16-bit systems. Windows NT 3.51 while not a 16-bit system, but a 32-bit one does not support any specific 32-bit Microsoft Internet Explorer distribution. The only officially released Internet Explorer release for NT 3 is based around 16-bit code

This download will update the technologies of Windows 16-bit to the highest possible version. Providing Java Virtual Machine support along side Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, system updates, driver updates and a new Dial-up networking (stack dialler*) module.

* The Internet Explorer Stack Dialler is available for Windows 3.1, 3.11 and Windows For Workgroups only. Under NT 3.51 you should configure RAS Services.

System Requirements:


A 486 with a 25 MHz processor (Pentium processor recommended)


12MB RAM for browser-only installation (16MB if using the Java VM)

Disk Space:

30MB of hard-disk space to run Setup

Windows 3.1 / 3.11 / Windows For Workgroups

All required system updates will be downloaded & installed to your computer by the installer. HPC:Factor recommends that you install the File Manager Year 2000 update & Euro Currency Support before continuing.

Windows NT 3.51 Workstation / Server

Before you can install Internet Explorer 5.0 for Windows NT 3.51 you must first update your system to Service Pack 5. HPC:Factor also recommends installing the Year 2000 Rollup & Euro Currency Support before continuing.
You must be logged in a member of the Administrators group to perform the update.

Download Size:

5.9MB for browser-only installation
6.4MB for browser and Java VM
8.2MB for browser, Outlook Express, and Java VM
8.9MB for browser, Outlook Express, Java VM and dialler (Windows 3.1x only)


Download & Install

Your computer must have an active Internet Connection to download the setup files from the HPC:Factor servers. If you need to download the Internet Explorer Setup files before Installation, so you can distribute locally or burn to CD, please begin the setup process on any Windows PC and select Download Only when prompted.

Click here to see a short video overview of the installation process.


To Install Internet Explorer for Win16:

  1. Download the Internet Explorer 5.0 setup file onto your computer.
  2. Open File Manager navigate to where you saved the file
  3. Connect to the Internet
  4. Double click setup.exe to begin the Installation process
  5. Follow the instructions on screen

The MSIE Installer program is 882KB and will fit on a High Density Floppy disk.


Download: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0

Note: If you are only presented with the Coxion download server during installation please see CESDS0125 for information on a workaround.


Post Install

There are a number of updates and add-ins available for Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 for Win16 including security enhancements.

For post install critical patches, bug-fixes, add-ons & updates - Click Here


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.