This is a slow, and very silly, way to experience an ancient browser. I'm aware that you could spin up a virtual machine, or pay for a browser testing service. But there's something nice about running a browser in a browser. Like wheels within wheels and fires within fires.
Using Copy's v86 it's possible to recompile x86 code to browser native WASM.
Before going any further, open up a new tab in your modern browser and visit https://relay.widgetry.org/. This is the Internet proxy that your browser within a browser will be using. As I write this, the security certificate has expired - so you'll need to manually add an exception. Hopefully this step won't be needed in the future.
Next, run the
networking.bat file to connect to the internet.
Next, double-click the Internet Explorer icon.
Success! You can now visit pages which don't use
https. This browser is too old to support modern encryption. In fact, it's so out-of-date that it'll fail to work on all but the most simple of pages.
It crashed fairly regularly.
So, there you go - IE 5 in the browser.
It's a slow, annoying, and somewhat painful process. Which, to be honest, is just how I remember it.