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How to run multiple versions of IE on same machine ?

October 11th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

A very common problem faced when developers want to see how they can test the application in multiple browser versions especially IE where in each version breaks some thing in application. It happens with me and so it might be happening with other users as well.

Options 1 : IE Tester

IETester is a free WebBrowser that allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE9 preview, IE8, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Windows 7, Vista and XP, as well as the installed IE in the same process


Option2  : Multiple IE Installer

Install Multiple IE installer

Run IE6 , IE7 and IE8 side by on using Windows 7 RTM. Here is a nice blog post on how to do this

run IE6 , IE7 and IE8 .

Multiple IE installer is no longer supported and maintained. So take you chance.

Option 3

Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image

This is VPC Hard Disk Images for testing websites with different Internet Explorer versions on Windows XP and Windows Vista. You will download different virtual images on your machine and need to install them.

I have not tried it but will trust it as it is from Microsoft.

Option 4

Download and install Virtual Box.

This is free vitualization software for enterprise and home use.

Option 5

If you are migrating from IE6 to IE7 , then use this visual debugging tool.

Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview for Windows Internet Explorer

Option 6

You can install Spoon plugin in your browser and check compatibility


Run IE6, IE7 and IE8 side by side

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  1. Howard
    October 14th, 2010 at 09:47 | #1

    Try Sandboxie

  2. October 14th, 2010 at 09:18 | #2

    Thanks for the input Gabriel. We have been struggling to make our application IE6-IE8 compatible and there has been so much changes in IE that it is making life hell.

  3. October 13th, 2010 at 23:45 | #3

    Having spent way too much time trying to make a web application IE6-8-compatible, I want to share two important points:

    1) IETester is nice in that it’s the quickest method and doesn’t require complex installations, but it doesn’t behave exactly as the IE version it simulates. If you use it, eventually you should also test a real IE installation.

    2) IE has some crazy behavior when a certain combination of cache, SSL and proxy is used (google for it), so you should not expect IE in your virtual environment to behave the same as every production environment – you should do a research about your target production environment (network AND client) and try to simulate it as closely as you can.

  4. Kathleen Shatz
    October 13th, 2010 at 08:41 | #4

    great post!
    was looking for this since a long time.

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