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Run Multiple Versions of Internet Explorer Using Using Windows 7’s Windows XP Mode

One way to run multiple versions of Internet Explorer on a single PC is to run the older version(s) of IE using Windows XP Mode on a Windows PC running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition.

“Windows XP Mode is an optional downloaded feature of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions that provides you a pre-installed image of Windows XP SP3 that you run using Windows Virtual PC. A recent update allows Windows XP Mode to run on a CPU without hardware virtualization.”

multiple ie running on a PC using XP mode

It’s even possvible to set up and run multiple XP Modes on one Windows 7 machine, thereby allowing you to run IE versions 6, 7, 8, and 9 simultaneously on a single machine. The document embedded below provides detailed instructions for setting up a Windows XP Mode virtual machine and then copying it to create two additional XP Mode virtual machines and configuring them to run IE7 and IE8.

Other Options:

  • This page links to white papers describing other solutions for virtualizing IE
  • This page contains links to Windows Virtual PC virtual machine hard drive images (VHDs) for testing websites with different Internet Explorer versions. These images were recently updated and now expire on May 18, 2011.


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