VMware ThinApp offers a simple and safe way to run IE6 on Windows 7

VMware ThinApp offers a simple and safe way to run IE6 on Windows 7

Summary: As much as I want IE6 to die, the truth of the matter is that not everyone can dump the aging web browser and move on to a later incarnation. There are a variety of reasons why enterprises are stuck with IE6, reasons which aren't imporant here ... you either know why you can't move yet break free from IE6 yet or your should already have moved on. But if you are stuck using IE6 for now, can you move onto Windows 7 and still be able to run the old browser?

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As much as I want IE6 to die, the truth of the matter is that not everyone can dump the aging web browser and move on to a later incarnation. There are a variety of reasons why enterprises are stuck with IE6, reasons which aren't imporant here ... you either know why you can't move yet break free from IE6 yet or your should already have moved on. But if you are stuck using IE6 for now, can you move onto Windows 7 and still be able to run the old browser?

Yes, you can! And better than that, you can dramatically improve security.

The tool that allows you to do this (and much more) is VMware ThinApp. Using this tool you can take applications and package them into single, standalone executables that run in an isolated, virtualized state. Uisng ThinApp you can take IE6 with you onto Windows 7 and run the legacy browser alongside IE7/IE8/IE9.

ThinApp doesn't just work with IE6. You can take pretty much any Windows application and package it into a single .EXE or .MSI and run that (no install required) on any XP/Vista/7 system.

  • Support for Internet Explorer 6 (IE 6). Capture IE 6 on Windows XP with easy click-through packaging, full rendering to display IE 6 application web pages, the ability to run virtualized IE 6 and natively installed IE 7 and IE 8 seamlessly in the same desktop, compatibility for all system shell commands, and 32-bit and 64-bit support.
  • Zero client code foot print. Eliminate cumbersome management and updates of client code. Zero client foot print also allows for applications to be packaged and execute from ancillary mobile storage devices such as USB drives delivering much more flexibility and mobility to end users.
  • Application isolation. Isolated applications run in a virtual bubble in restricted user accounts without requiring any host modification. Deploy Office 97, 2003, 2007, Internet Explorer and .NET applications or custom applications on the same OS without conflict as the applications run independent of one another.
  • Zero-runtime execution. With no installed agent, no footprint is left on the endpoint device. Applications run directly from the compressed state without first caching data to the hard disk, achieving better performance and security of data.
  • 100% User Mode execution. Client runs on locked-down, unmanaged "kiosk" PCs without Admin rights to execute applications, enabling it to be used on managed and unmanaged PC.
  • Block-by-block network streaming. Applications virtualized execute once the minimum amount of code required to run the application is available in the desktop's memory. For example, less than 10% of Microsoft Office needs to be physically streamed to the client in order for it to run. LAN streaming has an average start-up time of just a few seconds.
  • Sandbox environments for terminal services. Provide sandboxing for applications running in a terminal services environment so that multiple users can run their own sandboxed application without affecting each other. If one instance of the application tries to make system-wide changes, other users running the same applications are not affected.
  • 64-bit operating system support. Enables applications to be virtualized and run on 64-bit systems.
  • Execution on thin clients. Tested and certified to run virtualized applications on Windows XP-based thin clients.
  • Compatibility with a broad range of applications. Proven deployments on simple-to-complex applications ranging from basic Microsoft Office to custom applications with Java or .NET

ThinApp Starter Edition iscurrently free with VMware Workstation 7 full/upgrade purchases. 60-day trial also available.

More information on the VMware Thin App website.

Topics: Hardware, Collaboration, Virtualization, VMware

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  • Old news..

    I was doing this when it was ThinStall prior to their acquisition by Vmware. Great product without all the heavy infrastructure needed like other app virt solutions. I'm sure it's greatly improved since I last dealt with them some 4+ yrs ago.
    unredeemed
  • RE: VMware ThinApp offers a simple and safe way to run IE6 on Windows 7

    Now no one will ever upgrade. Lol
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: VMware ThinApp offers a simple and safe way to run IE6 on Windows 7

      @Cylon Centurion 0005 I dont blame MS and IE.. I blame IT depts with Oracle/Java/SAP/etc implementations that require or are too slow to test other browsers... the last few 10,000+ employee companies I worked for are like this.. very slow to move and change.
      unredeemed
      • RE: VMware ThinApp offers a simple and safe way to run IE6 on Windows 7

        @unredeemed

        More like too damned cheap to move and change. There comes a time where the feds have to step in and say "Hey, get off this, it's a virus magnet!"

        That time has come for Windows XP and IE6.
        Lerianis10
    • RE: VMware ThinApp offers a simple and safe way to run IE6 on Windows 7

      @Cylon Centurion 0005

      What keeps some on IE6 along with Windows XP are corporate environments dependent on internal applications that are "IE6 only".

      What Adrian is pointing out is a way for corporate desktops to be moved to Windows 7 and still be able to access antediluvian IE6 applications.

      -M
      betelgeuse68
  • Unsupported Solution :(

    While all app isolation software can set up IE6 (including Microsoft's App-V), this unfortunately breaks Microsoft's EULA and is definitely unsupported. The only supported methods to deploy IE6 are Med-V or a remote-running solution like XenApp.
    MikeBogo
  • ThinApp is a great tool, especially when using VMware View

    If you're using VMware View you can give all your users a vanilla Windows VM with little or no apps installed. The you set up a centeralised app repository with ThinApp'd applications (licensing permitting). Then anytime a user want to use an app e.g. Visio then they can just copy the ThinApp'd version to their machines and voila!! No need to install remotely or locally!

    It's a great product, and it's really easy to set up and insanely easier to for users to leverage it's usefulness!

    Although I'm unsure as to how you ThinApp IE6 as it come preinstalled on XP, and most of the time you use the installation process of a application to ThinApp it?
    DevJonny
  • RE: VMware ThinApp offers a simple and safe way to run IE6 on Windows 7

    Hey...
    ThinApp Client is only $39... but ThinApp Suite is required... and it is $5000 ...
    rccvilla
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