Virtualizing Internet Explorer 10 with ThinApp 5.0

With ThinApp 5.0 support for virtualizing Internet Explorer 10 was introduced.

Virtualizing Internet Explorer 10 is pretty easy.

  1. Fire up your Windows 7 capture’n’build machine
  2. Start ThinApp Setup Capture
  3. Do a prescan
  4. Install Internet Explorer 10 using the standalone installer
  5. Do a post scan
  6. Build your project
  7. Finish

Unfortunately in some cases the virtualized instance of IE10 crashes on launch displaying an error message like “initialze_plugins failed” or “Missing import” or some other strange message.


To solve this issue just add the following line to the [BuildOptions] section of your Package.ini file:


This issue mainly occures when Internet Explorer 10 is installed using Windows update. This is the reason I recommend installing Internet Explorer 10, and by the way any other version Internet Explorer you want to virtualize, by using the standalone installer.

3 thoughts on “Virtualizing Internet Explorer 10 with ThinApp 5.0

  1. I have followed the procedure and captured Internet explorer 10 setup on Windows 7 VM.

    When i try to open packaged IE 10 on Windows server 2008 R2, its opening locally installed default internet explorer 8.

    Can you please help me in getting IE 10 pacakge worked on Windows server 2008 R2?


    1. Hi Kamal,

      I actually tried this recipe also with Windows Server 2008 R2 and it worked without any problems. Just make sure you are packaging the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer 10 (it’s the same installer for Windows 7 64-bit and Windows Server 2008 R2).

      If this is not working for you I would advice opening a support request with the VMware Technical Support.


  2. I I try to pack a ie10 on windows 2008 can run, but after setting up proxy to close the window, then open the proxy settings does not take effect and found a tick.


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