Internet Explorer 6

Internet Explorer 6
Version of Internet Explorer
IE 6 logo.png
Compatible withWindows NT 4.0 SP6a
Windows 98
Windows 2000
Windows Me
Windows XP
Windows Server 2003
Latest build
Support end2016-01-12
Internet Explorer 5.5
Replaced by
Internet Explorer 7

Internet Explorer 6 is the sixth version of Internet Explorer that was introduced alongside Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 and was the longest running version of Internet Explorer until IE 7's release five years later. IE 6 lacks many common features such as support for transparent PNG images. This is the first version of Internet Explorer to ship in the IA-64 and x64 architectures, alongside x86. IE6 SP2+ and IE7 were only included in (IE6 SP2+) or available (IE7) for Windows XP SP2+.

System requirements[edit | edit source]

These system requirements apply to both the RTM and SP1.

  • 486DX/66 MHz processor (Pentium processor recommended)
  • 16 MB of RAM for Windows 98 and 98 SE, otherwise 32 MB
  • Required hard disk space for full install:
    • Windows 98: 11.5 MB
    • Windows 98 SE: 12.4 MB
    • Windows NT 4.0: 12.7 MB
    • Windows 2000: 12 MB
    • Windows Me: 8.7 MB
    • Windows XP: 12 MB
  • Mouse
  • Modem or Internet connection
  • CD-ROM drive (if installation is done from a CD-ROM)

Quirks[edit | edit source]

On Windows NT 4.0, System Properties reports "IE 5 6.0.2800.1106" (in this case for IE 6 SP1). This field is normally used to report the version of an installed copy of Microsoft Plus! if installed. This can be fixed by editing the appropriate entry in the registry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion]
"Plus! VersionNumber" = "IE 6.0.2800.1106"

Builds[edit | edit source]

6.0[edit | edit source]

After build 2403, Internet Explorer uses the same build number as Windows XP, until build 2600, though the revision number of the Service Packs are still the same.

Beta[edit | edit source]

RTM[edit | edit source]

Service Packs/Security Updates[edit | edit source]

SP1[edit | edit source]

SP2/SV1[edit | edit source]

SP3/SV2[edit | edit source]

6.05[edit | edit source]

Builds before Windows Vista’s development reset uses Internet Explorer 6.05.

Gallery[edit | edit source]