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How to virtualize Internet Explorer 10?

Created: 10 Feb 2014 | 8 comments

Hey guys,

Has anyone successfully virtualized IE10 using WVC 6.1 SP8(Possibly 7.5)?

We have IE 8 installed natively as a part of OS (Win7 x86). I have tried to turn off IE component but I always got to the same result. Problem is that when I run the install it downloads required updates but to me it seems that everything is beiing installed after a reboot, before log in.

I can see after capturing that "RunOnce" key has a Data called "BrandClearStubs" with a following value: "RUNDLL32 IEDKCS32.DLL,BrandCleanInstallStubs >{3EE2EE2A-1D4C-4447-8B0E-7B26F2CE5949}" but I dont know how could I ran it as a standalone command and use an option "Add to layer".

I tried some tools which capture what is happening to OS after reboot, then take all these files and registries and place them into layer manually but it did not work.

Does anyone have experience with making it work? Or do you know if LDF for this one is going to be released soon? I would be interested to find a way how to do it also without LDF.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thank you!

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SK's picture

You might want to try and create the layer using the IE8 LDF, or, install IE10 to the base and deploy an IE8 layer.

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Peter Sevcik's picture

Thank you for your response. I will try to use LDF for IE8 and see how it goes. But I am not sure what did you mean by the second part of the sentence. Is there a way how to create a layer from something what was already installed to the base? I mean I could create an empty layer and manually copy there all the files related to IE - this wouldnt be such a big deal but there are also tons of registries as well I suppose.

Peter Sevcik's picture

OK. I have tried LDF for IE8 and also IE9 and both ended up with error code 6012.

If anyone has any ideas please share, I am happy to test it out.


SK's picture

As using an earlier ldf didnt help, and as it seems that Symantec will not be creating an ie10 ldf (as mentionwd in a different post), your only options are:

1. Create your own ldf file.
2. Install ie10 to the base and then deploy an earlier ie version as a layer.

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balachandar_manimala's picture

We are currently not doing this (IE10 LDF), however would do in future.

Could you please let us know the use case for Virtualizing IE10 so that we can prioritize it?

You should be able to create your own LDF as described here.

Peter Sevcik's picture

Hi Bala,

I sent you a private note, you might have missed it. It was requested by our top management so I would say its pretty high prio. Could you please estimate approximate time frame when do you see LDF for IE 10 released?

Thank you.

Joseph_Carson's picture

Hello All,

Many thanks for your interest in a IE10 LDF for virtualizing IE.  While this is currenlty not planned in the upcoming release of the product an IE10 LDF can be done outside of the release as we have the ability to make those available via Symantec Connect portal and LDF feed. 

I would like to understand better the business problem that we would be solving by making an LDF available so we can accordingly prioritise and also ensure we test the scenarios that this would address.  For example is it to run on Windows 8.1 side by side IE11?  Is it to post back to Windows XP etc....  If you provide clearly what problem we would be solving exactly we can do the research and prioritize for a future update.

many thanks and kind regards,

Peter Sevcik's picture

Hi Joseph,

thank you for your response. It was requested by our top management to have IE 10 virtualized. We can not install ie10 natively to the image and stream down virtual IE8 because most of the people run on IE8 and there would be some compatibility issues with some apps so they would have stream ie8 all the times .

For our needs virtualized IE10 would be run on Win7 x86 & Win7 x64 where we have IE8 installed on the base image. We dont worry about XP or Win8 yet.

Please, feel free to write me if you have any additional questions.

Thank you very much.

Best regards,