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Actual Internet Explorer VS Automated Browser

Differences and limitations for using the WinAutomation Runtime Browser versus the Actual Internet Explorer:

1. “Click Download link from Web Page” action:

This action only works with the Automated browser regardless the IE version, while in an actual IE, version 8 and below is a requirement.

2. For the actual IE to work reliably with the Web Automation Actions one needs to change its security options. ( Configure Internet Explorer for Web Automation )

Such tweaks are not necessary when using the WinAutomation Runtime Browser. This can come in handy for users working in companies having certain standards when it comes to the security (thusly prohibiting users from changing the security settings of IE). For these users the WinAutomation Runtime Browser is the way to go.

3. The WinAutomation Automated Browser suppresses any and all message dialogs that may pop up unhindered in the actual IE.

When this feature of the WinAutomation Runtime Browser is undesirable (e.g. when dealing with authentication dialogs) we apply the “(ShowDialogs)” suffix at the end of the URL inside the Launch New Internet Explorer action, so as to temporarily allow such dialogs to pop up. Using such a workaround is not needed in the actual IE.

4. The WinAutomation Runtime Browser does not support tabs or opening links in windows.

When the user clicks on a link in an actual IE, which would open in a new window, the Automated browser automatically opens the link it in the same window/instance (this discards all navigation history etc).

5. There is a small performance advantage with the Automated browser because it does not load unnecessary elements and add-ons like the actual IE does.

When it comes to converting Processes to .exe files the actual IE is a bit more handy than the embedded one if the .exe is to be distributed to computers that do not have WinAutomation installed. The reason for this is that for those machines that will run a .exe with the embedded IE, the client must install (and then uninstall) WinAutomation in order for certain registry-keys to be installed in the registry, instructing the Windows OS to run the Runtime Web Helper of WinAutomation as the IE version of most recent vintage. If this does not take place then the Runtime Web Helper will be running as IE6 by default which can cause severe problems in certain websites, thus breaking the .exe Process.