I was having a discussion with my manager about Internet Explorer 11 and its “Enterprise Mode” recently when I had the idea for a couple of posts on this subject. I thought I’d start off with customizing IE using the IE Administration Kit (IEAK) and then move onto configuring Enterprise Mode using Group Policy in a follow-up post.
There’s not really much to the admin kit and customizing IE is a pretty straightforward process. Let’s take a look at the process here.
Install the IE Administration Kit (IEAK)
Download the IEAK from Microsoft and proceed with the installation. The installation wizard is pretty self-explanatory. Be sure to select the correct licence type as shown below:
Download the Prerequisite Updates for IE11
Download the prerequisite updates from Microsoft and save them all in one directory. Extract each update package one by one using something like 7-Zip which will give us the .cab cabinet file which we’ll bake into our IE11 installer later on.
Here’s an example of an update package after it’s been extracted. Note that we need the cabinet file with the same name as the update.
Customize IE using the IEAK
Launch the Internet Explorer Customization Wizard from Start > Windows IEAK 11
A lot of the screens in the wizard are self-explanatory so I won’t provide screenshots for them all here.
1) Select the destination folder where you want the final IE11 installer to be saved