You can use Windows® Internet Explorer® Administration Kit 8 (IEAK 8) to configure an .ins file used for dial-up networking, Connection Manager, and Internet Explorer 8 settings. For broadband Internet connections, the .ins file can also contain TCP/IP and other connection-related settings. For more information, see Entries for Broadband Connections.


The Internet sign-up option is not available for the Windows Vista® operating system.

The following sections appear in .ins files used by IEAK 8:

Section Description


Specify the types of installation media available for your custom package.


Specify information about the custom branding and setup information included in your browser package.


Customize the appearance of the Internet Explorer toolbar.


Specify the information that is used to sign your programs.


Specify whether you want to use a CD autorun program.


Specify information about the dial-up networking connection settings that are used to install your custom Internet Explorer package. This creates a common configuration on all users' workstations.


Specify the URL for your branding cabinet file.


Specify the HTML and supporting files for your custom wallpaper.


Specify the type of connection used for setup.


Specify whether the information in this .ins file overrides the name of the dial-up networking in your custom package.


Specify the names of your information (.inf) files and the installation mode for components.


Specify the path to your icon file for Favorites, and whether Favorites are available offline. You can also specify the URL to each Favorite site.


Specify whether the globally unique identifier (GUID) is hidden. Each custom component has a GUID that is based on system information and other parameters, such as the time of day it is created.


Specify the path to your custom bitmaps that appear in the Internet Connection Wizard.


Specify the root certificate you are adding to your custom package.


Specify the types of media your installation package is available in, such as CD.


Specify the telephone information that is used for your dial-up connection.


Specify whether to use a proxy server and the host names for the proxy server.


Specify the text of the script file that is associated with dial-up networking.


Specify the names and paths of your dial-up networking script files.

[Security Imports]

Specify whether to import security information from your computer to your custom package.


Specify information about your network server.


Specify the name of the files that appear during sign-up, such as sign-up.htm.


Specify the IP number of the DNS server to use. You can also specify whether to use a remote gateway, an IP address, and a server address.


Specify whether to use an auto-configured proxy server, and the URLs for the pages that appear when users connect to that server.


Specify the logon information required by your users.

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