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Replacing iexplore.exe with custom browser executable

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#1 access2godzila


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Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:52 AM

Since IE cannot be completely uninstalled without running risk of bricking some of Windows core functions, I decided to replace the iexplore.exe executable with a build of the links browser that I built myself from source. (I do have Firefox installed and set as the default browser.)


I tried to do this in the following steps:

1. In %systemroot%\system32\dllcache, rename iexplore.exe to _iexplore.exe

2. In C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer, rename iexplore.exe to _iexplore.exe

3. Let SFC cry about how IE is essential for the system (so that it can load up the latest 0 days?)

4. Copy links.exe (that I built myself) to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer as links.exe

5. Run dialog > iexplore


Links does not load up, as should have been the expected result.


Can anyone help me in this? I have been scratching my head and searching only yielded one thread at Mozillazine that's really old and one of the required software is not available.


BTW, if anyone needed the builds, here are the links:



Edited by hamluis, 18 March 2013 - 04:11 PM.
Moved from XP to Web Browsing/Email - Hamluis.

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