Let’s have some fun guys! We are going to run ancient software in Windows 8. This time, however, it’s not any old software but a component of Windows that is almost two decades old! We are going to run Internet Explorer version 4.0 on Windows 8.0. Yes, I am serious! Let’s get to it.
We know that Windows 8 comes with Internet Explorer 10 installed It’s not possible to simply downgrade six versions (even if it was, results would be disastrous.) So we are going to run IE4 alongside IE10. That way, we are not harming Windows 8 a single bit. If you are interested in trying this yourself, I’ll have the link at the end of this article. But here are some screenshots and their description showing IE4 running on Windows 8.
If you want to try running IE4 on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, or 8.1, then simply download IE4 zip file from here: http://browsers.evolt.org/archive/ie/win32/standalone/ie401_nt.zip
Once you extract the zip file, you will see the ie4 exe file. Simply run it. If you get an error message, try setting the compatibility to Windows XP Service Pack 3. This works best in 32-bit Windows. While you can run IE4 on a 64-bit OS, you will see glitches. Running modern web pages can and will result in critical errors. To ensure that you can launch IE4, you will need to change your IE home page to about:blank to prevent IE4 from automatically loading a web page. You can do this from the Internet Options dialogue box of Internet Explorer installed on your OS. Changing the homepage of your current IE will also change it for IE4 and vice versa.
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