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Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP Layer Definition File

Created: 17 May 2010 • Updated: 17 Jul 2014 | 1 comment
Balasubramanian Palaniappan's picture
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The Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP Layer Definition File (LDF) provides a mechanism for customers of Symantec Workspace Virtualization to create the Virtual Application Layer and package without the need to capture the installation.

Prerequisites

- Symantec Workspace Virtualization v6.1 SP1 or greater
- Symantec Workspace Virtualization Layer Definition Tool. Download.

Installation

The steps for creating the IE7 for Windows XP are very straight-forward.

1. Extract the download that accompanies this article to your desktop (ie7-winxp-x.x.x.x.zip - where -x.x.x.x is the LDF version).
2. Double-Click the .EXE (ie7-winxp-x.x.x.x.EXE is a self-extracting zip). This will invoke swvldf.exe (Layer Definition Tool) with the proper parameters to create the IE7 on Windows XP layer.

NOTE: As a safety precaution, right click the extracted .exe file, select "properties" and check the "Digital Signatures" tab and ensure that "Symantec Corporation" appears in the Signature List. If the .EXE is not digitially signed with the Symantec Certificate do not run the executable on your system.

Supported Side-By-Side Configurations

Internet Explorer 7 Virtualized will function "Side-By-Side" with any one of the following versions of IE installed to the base (i.e. installed natively and not virtualized).

Internet Explorer 6     X
Internet Explorer 7     X
Internet Explorer 8     X

 

Note: Internet Explorer 8 includes an IE 7 compatibility mode that provides IE7 compatibility. See the Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information.

Support

Information about the support status of the IE7 layer created by this tool can be found here.
Please note that the IE7 layer created by this tool is only supported if the LDF and the Virtual Application Layer are not altered in any way.
 

 

Known Issues

  • Adobe Reader 10.x does not work.
  • 'Manage Add-ons' tab of functions does not work
  • 'Research' function (inside View->Explorer Bar) does not appear (with IE6 or IE8 installed in the base)
  • 'Settings' function (inside Tools->Internet Settings->Search) does not work (with IE6 installed in the base)
  • 'Delete Browsing History' function does not work (with IE6 installed in the base)
  • Cannot add pages to Favorites (with IE6 installed in the base)
  • Performance issues detected

Documentation

Documentation on the SWV Layer Definition Tool can be found here.

How it works

The swvldf.exe tool is passed an Layer Definition File (LDF) that contains XML tags that define all the data required to create a Virtual Application Layer. The files required for the Virtual Application Layer are downloaded from public sites on the internet and may require considerable time to complete depending on the file requirements. It is also possible alter the LDF to point to existing files that you already have available on your system. Please see the documentation to learn how to change the <file-source> tags to point to local file repositories. By default the <file-source> tags that download files using http do not use a proxy server. In order to use a proxy server please see the documentation for the "conn-str" attribute of the <file-source> tag.

Notes

The ie7-winxp.ldf requires that the following file be available before the IE7 virtual layer can be created.
- IE7-WindowsXP-x86-enu.exe

This file could take a long time to download over a slow network connection. The process of creating the IE7 virtual layer can be sped up considerably if these files are already available in your environment. SWVLDF can be instructed to skip downloading files by doing the following:

- Create a directory named "downloads" in the same folder as ie7-winxp.ldf resides.
- Copy the required files to the "downloads" directory you just created.

If required files already exist in the "downloads" directory, SWVLDF will skip the download step. If SWVLDF fails to download a file, this process can be used to download the file "manually" using a download manager or other mechanism.

 

Change Log

 

Date Version Change Description
05/10/2012 1.0.62.0
  • Added lastest security updates from KB2647516 package
  • HKLM Internet Explorer key was added to fix an issue reported in Symantec Connect
06/07/2012 1.0.66.0
  • Applied security updates KB2675157
08/29/2012 1.0.77.0 Update with latest security updates KB2722913 (SWV 6.4.1603)
01/17/2013 1.0.86.0 Update with latest security updates KB2761465 (SWV 6.4.1603)
02/28/2013 1.0.90.0 Update with latest security updates MS13-009 & MS13-010 (SWV 6.4.1603)
03/20/2013 1.0.91.0 Update with latest security updates MS13-021 - KB2809289 (SWV 6.4.1603)
04/30/2013 1.0.94.0 Update with latest security updates KB2817183 (SWV 6.4.1711)
05/17/2013 1.0.98.0 Update with latest security updates KB2847204 (SWV 6.4.1711)
0702/2013 1.0.100.0 Update with latest security updates KB2838727 (SWV 6.4.1711)
08/07/2013 1.0.102.0 Update with latest security updates KB2846071 (SWV 6.4.1895)
10/31/2013 1.0.103.0 Update with latest security updates KB2870699 (SWV 6.4.1895)
11/19/2013 1.0.104.0 Update with latest security updates KB2888505(SWV 7.5.522)
12/20/2013 1.0.106.0 Update with latest security updates KB2898785(SWV 7.5.522)
 
1/21/2014
1.0.109.0 Update to display the LDF build version (SWV 7.5.522)
2/13/2014 1.0.110.0 Update with latest security updates KB2909921(SWV 7.5.687)
3/13/2014 1.0.111.0 Update with latest security updates KB2925418(SWV 7.5.716)
4/22/2014 1.0.113.0 Update with latest security updates KB2950467(SWV 7.5.522)
05/06/2014 1.0.118.0 Update with latest security updates KB2964358(SWV 7.5.749)
06/25/2014 1.0.119.0 Resolves IE Crash

 

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Jason Gallas's picture

What about one for Windows 7?  Our current standard is IE7 for Windows XP.  It would be nice not to have to go backwards using the IE7 LDF for Windows 7.

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