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Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP Layer Definition File

Created: 26 Mar 2010 • Updated: 17 Jul 2014 | 28 comments
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The Internet Explorer 6 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.


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


The steps for creating the IE6 for Windows XP are very straight-forward.

1. Extract the download that accompanies this article to your desktop ( - where -x.x.x.x is the LDF version).
2. Double-Click the .EXE file ( ie6-winxp-x.x.x.x.EXE ). This will invoke swvldf.exe (Layer Definition Tool) with the proper parameters to create the IE6 on Windows XP layer.

NOTE: As a security 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.

 Known issues:

  • Performance issues detected.

Supported Side-By-Side Configurations

Internet Explorer 6 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.


Information about the support status of the IE6 layer created by this tool can be found here .
Please note that the IE6 layer created by this tool is only supported if the LDF and the Virtual Application Layer are not altered in any way.


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.


The ie6-winxp.ldf requires that the following three files are available before the IE6 virtual layer can be created.
- WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe
- WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe
- WindowsXP-KB976325-x86-ENU.exe

These files are quite large and can take a long time to download over a slow network connection. The process of creating the IE6 virtual layer can be sped up considerably if these files are already available in your environment. SWVLDF can be instructed to skip downloading these files by doing the following:

- Create a directory named "downloads" in the same folder as ie6-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
01/21/11 Fixed certificate handling.
2/8/11 Resolved browse button issue.
5/16/11 Resolves 100% utilization issue.
5/24/11 Resolves ActiveX and ocxs.
06/12/2012 Update with latest security updates KB2675157 (SWV 6.4.1603)
08/29/2012 Update with latest security updates KB2722913 (SWV 6.4.1603)
01/17/2013 Update with latest security updates KB2761465 (SWV 6.4.1603)
02/28/2013 Update with latest security updates MS13-009 & MS13-010 (SWV 6.4.1603)
03/20/2013 Update with latest security updates MS13-021 - KB2809289 (SWV 6.4.1603)
04/30/2013 Update with latest security updates KB2817183 (SWV 6.4.1711)
05/17/2013 Update with latest security updates KB2847204 (SWV 6.4.1711)
07/02/2013 Update with latest security updates KB2838727 (SWV 6.4.1711)
08/07/2013 Update with latest security updates KB2846071 (SWV 6.4.1895)
10/31/2013 Update with latest security updates KB2870699 (SWV 6.4.1895)
11/19/2013 Update with latest security updates KB2888505(SWV 7.5.522)
12/20/2013 Update with latest security updates KB2898785(SWV 7.5.522)
1/21/2014 Update to display the LDF build version (SWV 7.5.522)
2/13/2014 Update with latest security updates KB2909921(SWV 7.5.687)
3/13/2014 Update with latest security updates KB2925418(SWV 7.5.716)
4/22/2014 Update with latest security updates KB2950467(SWV 7.5.522)
05/06/2014 Update with latest security updates KB2964358(SWV 7.5.749)
06/25/2014 Resolves IE Crash

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Ludovic Ferre's picture

So if you have the file handy (WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe) copy it in the downloads folder before you run the batch file, that'll save you time and bandwidth ;).

BTW, I haven't tested if the downloader checks whether the file is present but I'm sure Karl will tell us if it doesn't ^_^.

[EDIT] I have completed the IE 6 installation successfully and started the IE 8 layer creation process. The downloader is intellingent (thanks to Karl) and checks the content of Downloads so you can safely put the SP3 file there if you have it in store).

Another note! I just had a colleague on the phone and a localization question came up: would the layered versions of IE work with different locale?

Ludovic FERRÉ
Principal Remote Product Specialist

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karl_bunnell's picture

If a file already exists the downloader will not download it again (unless the tag attribute "skip-existing" = "false"). If "skip-existing" is false, it will force the downloader to always download the file. 

On the localization question: the EN layer should work in other locales, however, it has not been tested in that configuration. My preference would be to build LDF files for the locale of interest. 

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Ludovic Ferre's picture

And thanks for the tool, it looks very very promising!!!

Ludovic FERRÉ
Principal Remote Product Specialist

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AndyDP's picture


I am running NS 6.0 SP3 with SVS Agent 2.1.3062. I am trying to follow your directions above, but get the following error:

swvldf.exe - Entry Point Not Found
The procedure entry point fslIntGetTreeSdToFile could not be located in the dynamic link library fsllib32.dll

Any help would be appreciated.


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karl_bunnell's picture

Unfortunately, SVS 2.1 is not supported.  SVS (now SWV) Agent version 6.1 SP1 (Minimum) is required for this solution. 

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PackerFan's picture

Following the steps but it does not run on Win7 x64 but it seems to work great on an XP workstation with IE7.  What am I doing wrong?  Getting the following error - "The application was unable to start correctly (0x0000142). Clock OK toclose the application."

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karl_bunnell's picture

An IE6 layer for Win7 will be entering beta in the coming weeks. If you'd be interested in participating in the beta register your interest as a comment to the following article:

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PackerFan's picture

I guess I am a bit confused.  At Vision 2010 they gave the impression that creating a Layered Install for IE6 for Win7 was already possible.  I guess I will check back periodically for the beta.

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balachandar_manimala's picture

Quick Question: How do I go about creating URL shortcuts that will only launch in the virtual layer for IE6.?

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valdezjoelt's picture

Hi just want to ask when will be the ie6 layer for windows 7 coming out ?

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Lyn_Li's picture


I created the IE 6 package per instruction on this web site about two one month ago.  Is the package going to work on Windows 7? 

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karl_bunnell's picture

No, that is for XP only. You can gain access to the IE6 on Win7 beta by contacting Erik_Hughes AT symantec DOT com. 

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SK's picture

Hello Karl,

Can you please provide a change history of the versions you release.

Can you also please confirm that 6.1 SP1 is still the minimum version required?

Thanks, SK.

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SK's picture

The difference between IE6 LDF version 1.0.23 and 1.0.25 is that the new version includes Internet Explorer Cumulative Security updates from Oct 13th.

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carlsson's picture

Hi I keep getting error 6010

and the previous line is [12:23:37.375] [ERROR] [DEF2LAYER] [Copying files]

??  tried editing the ldf file to point to  the local path ??

 after deleting everything in the Local settings\temp folder

now getting

Error in: ProcessFileSourceTags<>   

Create layer from definition file failed with error code: 6025  ?

 Sorted it :)

it extracts

then if it's not in the "downloads" folder it tries to download it from the internet HTTP.
I didn't have the proxy set in the ldf file so it was failing
so make sure you have  WindowsXP-KB2360131-x86-ENU.exe in the downloads folder along with the other three files  and it works....
one more thing, i downloaded that from the microsoft site and it downloads as

had to rename it removing the "IE8-" at the beginning

this is not going runs through the SP3 and SP2 files but stops when it gets to the

WindowsXP-KB2360131-x86-ENU.exe file and errors on

[15:51:03.625] [ERROR] [DEF2LAYER] [copying file] :

[15:51:03.625] [INFO]  [DEF2LAYER] [Operation complete] :

Create layer from definiton file failed with error 6010


Help  C


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marcoh's picture


You don't need to rename anything.

Download all 4 files, put them in a folder called downloads under %temp% and then just run the exe in the zip from this article.

To find all the links, just search for "file-source" in the ldf and there you will see the direct links. Here is the one for KB2360131:

..or just add the proxy settings ;)

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Massimo0307's picture

I've noticed that the key \HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\PendingFileRenameOperation   is with lot of information inside.

Usually this key is used for substituting an used dll upon restarting the workstation

it can give some problem with other installation if it is active ....

Why it has these value? I was thinking that building IE6 is not a capture, so it sound strange to me finding these value.

c:\program files\internet explorer\signup\SET4.tmp
!\??\c:\program files\internet explorer\signup\install.ins
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ulozas18's picture

We've noticed that the virtual IE6 layer is very veeeery slow to launch has anyone found a way to speed up the launching of the IE6 layer? We've already added exceptions to our AntiVirus realtime scan list.

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karl_bunnell's picture
There is a well-documented problem with a plug-in named “Java Plugin 2 SSV helper” which will cause a delay of 20 to 40 seconds when loading IE ( this happens with IE6 in the base as well).
Go to Tools->Manage Add-ons. If the Java Plugin 2 SSV helper is loaded, disable it and restart IE.
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ulozas18's picture

Thank you! Worked like a charm! Now any ideas on how to automate disabling that plug-in?

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karl_bunnell's picture

There are a couple of approaches for this.

1. Make the change as I described above, then right-click the layer and select "New Reset Point". This makes the change permanent for the layer (if you were to reset the layer using the mechanism I described above the change would be lost). The "New Reset Point" merges the change to the Read-Only sublayer so that a reset will not cause the change to be lost. Then distribute the changed layer.

2. Modify the LDF used to create the layer. This is described in the following article:

"How to Customize Virtual Internet Explorer Settings" <>   

Then distribute the layer.

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rajcompbill's picture

what is the command line to use "

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Mops's picture

I managed to create IE6 layer and it seems to be working almost ok with XP IE8 base. I have one issue however. Every time I launch new link by typing url in address bar or selecting it from favourites, it opens the url in new window. Any ideas on what might be causing that ?. So far i tried reregistering dll's and there's registry setting "allowwindowreuse" or something along those lines but nothing has changed the behaviour.

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webbizideas's picture

So there is basically no recourse for those who are operating from Win7, and you also have to disable Java SSV 2 plugin.

Jeff Foster

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michael cole's picture

Note that now you cannot download IE6 SP1 from MS you have to go to some extraordinary lengths to find IE_S1.CAB that the LDF requires. It is still doable though.

Michael Cole

Principal Business Critical Engineer

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jms97's picture

Will there be a new LDF file for Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-021 - Critical?  If not, what is the process to add it into the IE?

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balachandar_manimala's picture

Hello All,

The Latest updated LDF ( with May Month’s Security Patch is now available on connect. [MS-14-021 KB2964358]



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Marilou Maala's picture


Can anyone provide a link for  WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe and - WindowsXP-KB976325-x86-ENU.exe? Can't download it from MS :(

Thank you!

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