|As you may [or may not :)]
know, Microsoft recently released yet another MS IE upgrade, Internet
Explorer 5.5 SP2 [build 5.51.4807.2300] 32-bit for
Windows 9x/NT4/2000/ME, which fixes
lots of BUGs and security vulnerabilities/risks.
Therefore it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to install
it, if you work in MS Windows 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0 or 2000 (ANY
If using Windows XP or 2002 (ANY build) DO NOT install MS
IE 5.5 SP2, because these OSes include the new MS IE 6.0, which
BTW, "features" the same BUG.
... And now that you have installed IE 5.5 SP2 or are using WinXP/2002
+ IE 6.0, all is well, or at least it seems like it is, and you
probably congratulate yourself for swatting swarms of Microsoft BUGs,
or/and brag to all your friends/coworkers that you own the coolest
MS OS to date. :)
NOT so: that is until you try to view ANY Internet
based Quick Time Movie (QTM) flic (usually in .MOV format),
even if you have installed the Apple
QTM Codecs, Movie Player, Pic Viewer + Plugins Standard Edition 5.02
32-bit for Windows 9x/NT4/2000/XP [9.3 MB, free] (current as of
this writing). Oops! All you see is a browser/plugin error message
and/or a "not found" graphic pic instead, and that darn
movie doesn't want to play. :(
But wait, there are 2 FIXes. :) First goes...
- Apple QTM FIX [applies to ALL Windows
Go to this
Apple QTM ActiveX Check page, to install the small QTM ActiveX
Plugin OCX fix. This is done automatically if any release of MS IE
5.xx or 6.xx is detected.
But there is still another BUG "alive" in your
"shiny" new browser: BOTH MS IE 5.5 SP2 and 6.0 also
REMOVED support for ALL Netscape style browser plugins that are
NOT ActiveX enabled, otherwise available if using MS IE 5.5
SP1 [build 5.50.4522.1800] or ANY other OLDER MS IE
- Next FIX [applies ONLY to Windows 95/98/ME
There is where the second FIX comes in. :)
This may also work with Windows NT4/2000/XP/2002
by altering some of these steps, because these MS OSes do NOT have
a native MS-DOS mode, but I haven't tried. Do it at your own risk.
If using Windows 95/98/ME + MS IE 5.5 SP2 (I haven't tried this
with any MS IE 6.0 build):
- Download this Swedish MSHTML.DLL or this English one [build 5.50.4616.200], a newer version than that one installed by MS IE 5.5 SP2 Setup.
For details about this MS IE patch go to this
MS TechNet page.
info @ MSKB.
- Save the file to a locations of your own, by typing in
a path name in the dialog box that follows.
MSHTML.DLL, will be used here to replace the newer one, located in
C:\Windows\System (default Win9x/ME setup folder used in these
- Backup your newer C:\Windows\System\MSHTML.DLL
file to a safe location BEFORE replacing it!
- Now move your saved (older) MSHTML.DLL
to C:\Windows\System, by opening Explorer or Utforskaren and
move the old MSHTML.DLL to C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM and say Yes when prompt if you want to replace the newer with the older.
- Finally, reboot or restart Windows !
- Done. :)
From now on enjoy your restored MS IE
compatibility with ALL current (and future) Netscape style browser
plugins, just as you used to.
BTW: It is recommended to
install the Apple
QTM ActiveX Plugin Patch anyway, in case you decide to upgrade
your MS IE build in the future, because it is likely that Microsoft
will not bring back Netscape and/or QTM plugin support to upcoming
Internet Explorer releases. :(
It is also likely that some 3rd party Netscape-only style plugin
developers will add MS IE ActiveX compatibility to their future
releases, but I wouldn't count on that.