On this page of the Windows® Internet Explorer® Customization Wizard 8, you can change the destination folders where the custom package is created and the folder where Internet Explorer 8 will be downloaded.

Item Details

Destination folder

The destination folder is where the custom package is placed when the Internet Explorer Customization Wizard 8 is finished. You can create the package on your hard disk and move it to an Internet or intranet server, or you can create it on a server.

Subfolders for each language version are created in the destination folder that you specify for each operating system and media type. For example, if you specify your destination folder as C:\Inetpub\Wwwroot\Cie\Dist, the English-language version for Windows is then created as C:\Inetpub\Wwwroot\Cie\Dist\Flat\Win32\En\.

If you are creating the package on a Web server that is running from your hard drive, use the path to the Web server as the destination.


Whatever location you choose, it must be protected by appropriate access control lists (ACLs). If the location is not protected, the custom package may be tampered with.

Advanced Options

Click this button to customize the location and process for downloading files, or to import settings from an existing .ins file.

  • Check for latest components via Automatic Version Synchronization

  • Select this option to enable the Internet Explorer Customization Wizard 8 to connect to the Internet Explorer 8 Downloads site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=122865) to detect whether an updated version of Internet Explorer has become available since the last time you ran the wizard. The wizard compares the version of Internet Explorer on the local computer with the latest version on this site.

    If you downloaded Internet Explorer Administration Kit 8 (IEAK 8) from the Internet, you must run the Internet Explorer Customization Wizard 8 with Automatic Version Synchronization at least once, so that the wizard can check for updated versions of the browser.

  • Path of .INS file to import settings from

  • To import settings from an existing .ins file as a starting point for a new IEAK package, type the path to the file. Importing settings can save time if your new package will have the same or similar settings. You can change any individual settings as you continue through the wizard.

  • Component Download folder

  • Specify a download location for Internet Explorer. Automatic Version Synchronization automatically checks this folder to determine whether you have the latest version of Internet Explorer. We recommend that you do not change this folder, so that you can keep the version of Internet Explorer updated. Change this folder only if you plan to retain the version of Internet Explorer that you downloaded the last time you ran the wizard, and if you want to download a new version to a different location.

Additional references

  • For more information about this stage of the Internet Explorer Customization Wizard 8, see Gathering Information.