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Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP Layer Definition File - French

Created: 26 May 2010 • Updated: 14 Oct 2013
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The Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP Layer Definition File (LDF) - French provides a mechanism for customers of Symantec Workspace Virtualization to create the Virtual Application Layer and package without the need to capture the installation. This LDF provides a French release of virtualized IE8.


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


The steps for creating the IE8 - French 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 (ie8-winxp-fra-x.x.x.x.EXE). This will invoke swvldf.exe (Layer Definition Tool) with the proper parameters to create the IE8 French layer 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.

Supported Side-By-Side Configurations

Internet Explorer 8 - French 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 IE8 - French layer created by this tool can be found here .
Please note that the IE8 - French 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.


If you'd like to see a particular language version of IE made available as an LDF file, please make a request by posting a comment including the request.

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