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Multiple versions of Internet Explorer on a machine

Is it possible to have multiple versions of Internet Explorer on the same computer?

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Guest [Entry]

"Microsoft now provides free virtual machine images with a number of different versions of Internet Explorer preinstalled. You can grab a copy of the images on the modern.ie website, which currently includes the following combinations:

IE6 on Windows XP
IE7 on Windows Vista
IE8 on Windows XP
IE8 on Windows 7
IE9 on Windows 7
IE10 on Windows 7
IE10 on Windows 8
IE11 on Windows 8.1
IE11 on Windows 7
IE11 on Windows 10

The images are designed for the following virtualization platforms:

Microsoft Hyper-V
Microsoft VirtualPC
Oracle VirtualBox

The images expire after a fixed amount of time, so snapshots are recommended to simplify the process of ""resetting"" them after they expire.

Guest [Entry]

"I assume you want this to test your website in a different browser version.

However a much safer and better solution would be to use Virtual PCs to install different versions.

This would mean you could use Internet Explorer 8 as your normal OS browser and run Internet Explorer 6 & 7 without any of the versions interfering with each other.

Quoted from the solution below, a possible alternative:

The method described below still works
-- but there's now an alternate method suitable for web developers simply
wanting to test their sites in IE6.
Check out IETester, which allows you
to install a standalone web browser in
Vista or Windows 7 that allows you to
view sites rendered using the IE6
rendering engine. It's not exactly a
functional, standalone version of IE6
though, so if you are looking for
that, use the method below.

Here's a nice article about it:

Got a work intranet application that
works fine in IE6 but doesn't like
IE7? Amazingly, Microsoft has provided
a way to install the
non-Vista-compatible IE6 on Vista and
Windows 7. Well, maybe not quite, but
near enough...

Internet Explorer 7 has been out for
quite a while now, yet there are still
plenty of sites out there that can’t
cope with it, and demand that users
connect using IE6. Unfortunately, most
people (certainly the vast majority of
home users) are running IE7 -- or even
IE8 beta -- having received it as part
of a Windows XP update, or they’re
running Windows Vista or Windows 7
which uses IE7 or IE8 respectively by

If you’re running Windows XP, you can
roll back to IE6, but this seems
rather a shame to do. If you’re
running Windows Vista, there’s no
rollback option since IE6 was never
released for Vista.

What you can do instead is make use of
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer
Application Compatibility VPC Image.
These are two virtual PC hard drive
images (downloadable here) which
contain a full, pre-activated copy of
Windows XP SP2 – one contains IE6 and
the other IE7. The idea is to make
users able to test either application,
and to this end each image contains
the IE7 Readiness Toolkit, the Script
Debugger and the IE Developer Toolbar.

The individual downloads are fairly chunky (443 MB and 491 MB respectively) and expand out to 1.48 GB and 1.58 GB VHD files. To use the files, you need to install Virtual PC 2007, create a new machine using the default settings, and then go into each virtual machine and point the hard drive to the VHD file you just downloaded. Make sure the other settings are correct (especially networking) and then start the machines from the console."
Guest [Entry]

"I haven't seen this mentioned, but works like a charm: http://utilu.com/IECollection/

Basically it offers standalone installs of all versions of IE from version 1 to 8, super simple installation and does the job perfectly!"
Guest [Entry]

"For Windows XP, use Multiple IE.

Unfortunately though, Multiple IE doesn't work on Windows Vista.

So an alternative solution is IETester, which seems to have some issues/bugs sometimes, but it's good enough.

Another solution is to use a program like Virtual PC or VirtualBox and install a Windows XP with Internet Explorer 6 in it.

Microsoft releases Virtual PC Images for testing on Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7, but they expire every once in a while.

You can grab them from here: Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image

DISCLAIMER for the following section: I'm not a lawyer, you could very well be breaking the law by doing this, consult your local lawyers or whatever. If you don't own a Windows license then you're most likely breaking the law.


If you search torrent sites, there are torrents for VirtualBox images with TinyXP pre-installed, and it ships with Internet Explorer 6 by default. (TinyXP) is a hacked/stripped down version of Windows XP which is very light-weight, though it's most likely illegal; consult your lawyer(s)).

If you're on Linux, there's also Internet Explorer's for Linux), which attempts to run Internet Explorer 6 (and Internet Explorer 7) on Linux using Wine. However, I found that it sucks at rendering Arabic text."
Guest [Entry]

"On the same physical machine, I don't think its possible. You can virtualize using software like VirtualBox/Virtual PC/VMWare and try out different browsers.

If you want to know how a webpage will look at different browsers at different resolutions, try http://browsershotsdotorg"