Internet Explorer 6

Microsoft Internet Explorer is a web browser application created by Microsoft primarily for Microsoft Windows. It was initially based on Spyglass Mosaic. At various points, Internet Explorer was also available for MacOS, Solaris, and HP-UX.

At its 1995 release, Internet Explorer competed with the Mosaic web browser and Netscape Navigator. Home Internet access was still somewhat new and competed against proprietary services like CompuServe, AOL, and Microsoft's own MSN.

Microsoft aggressively and abusively positioned Internet Explorer as part of their "browser war" to eliminate all competition. Microsoft fiercely pushed third party products to bundle Internet Explorer, and web sites to work only in Internet Explorer.

In 1998, Microsoft was hit with an antitrust suit, much of which involved their browser bundling.

By around 2004, Microsoft had destroyed most of their competition, dominated the browser market, and let IE stagnate until released Firefox.

After Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft supplanted IE with "Microsoft Edge" which eventually switched to the Google Chrome rendering engine. Something that would have been unthinkable back then.

Internet Explorer is freely redistributable. But is archived here, as much software (stupidly) requires it.

Release notes

Internet Explorer 6 was bundled with Windows XP. IE 6 can be installed on Windows NT 4, 98, ME, and 2000.

Internet Explorer development stalled for almost 6 years, letting IE 6 become a cesspool for malware. It had poor support for web standards, resulting in many badly coded sites that only worked in IE.

This is the last version for NT 4, 98, ME, and 2000.

Product type
Application Web Browser
Release date
Fri Aug 24 2001
End of life date
Mon Apr 07 2014
User interface
Download count
201 (19 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2403.0000) (beta) 6.0.2403 Prerelease English 9.29MB 3
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2462.0000) (beta) 6.0.2462 Prerelease English 10.47MB 0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2462.0000) (beta) [Windows ME] 6.0.2462 Prerelease English 11.99MB 3
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2600.0000) 6.0.2600 English 78.86MB 4
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2800.1106) 6.0.2800 English 77.3MB 9


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