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Windows 7: How to run IE6, 7, 8 and other browser all side-by-side using VPC?

This post walks us through the steps to run all flavors of Internet Explorer and other browsers, all at once on a PC, using Virtual PC and XP Mode. Watch the video below, or text version here.

  1. Install Microsoft Virtual PC on Windows 7 Ultimate.
  2. Download and install Windows XP mode; launch XP Mode – click Start, type windows xp mode and press enter.
  3. Right click on the Start button and select Explore All Users.  
  4. Double click on the Programs icon 
  5. Drag IE icon from desktop into the folder to create a shortcut to IE6. Windows 7’ll Auto Publish any links create in All Users to the host system. Click Start, All Programs, Windows Virtual PC, Windows XP Mode Applications to see the link to IE6 that you just created.
  6. Click Start, All Programs, Windows Virtual PC, and Windows Virtual PC again.
  7. This’ll open up the Virtual Machines folder.
  8. Next click on Create Virtual Machine
  9. Give your new XP virtual machine a name and click Next
  10. Chose a RAM size and click Next. 
  11. Select Create with Advanced Options and click Next
  12. For the VHD type, select Differencing
  13. You can leave the next screen at it’s defaults and click Next. 
  14. Now we need to specify the location of the base Windows XP image differencing disk (VHD). It should be installed at C:\Program Files\Windows XP Mode\Windows XP Mode base.vhd
  15. Click Create and you are all set. It should appear back in the Virtual Machines folder view. 
  16. Double click on the new virtual machine. It will take several minutes and you will see the Windows XP startup screen, then some setup screens. Follow along with first time the setup process. The whole setup takes 5-10 minutes. 
  17. Eventually you will be at the desktop with XP fully installed.
  18. Now let’s install the Integration Features. This first time you do, you will be asked to enter your credentials. Enter Administrator as the username and enter the password you selected during XP setup. Remember to check Remember my credentials
  19. On the new virtual machine, launch IE6 and go to the IE7 download page on Microsoft.com and install IE7.
  20. You will probably be asked to reboot the virtual machine.
  21. After the reboot, run Windows Update on the virtual XP machine. This will install any critical updates need for IE7 to run.
  22. Just like we did before for IE6, right click on the Start button and select Explore All Users.  
  23. Double click on the Programs icon  
  24. Drag the Internet Explorer icon from the desktop into the folder. This will create a shortcut to IE7. If it worked, you should see this

Source:→ Donavon

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