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Multiple Versiosns Of IE on Same PC?

Posted on 2002-04-24
Last Modified: 2013-12-28

We have been experimenting with some css at work.

We have a windows 98 box set up as a test box.

It has IE 6 on it.

I was wondering if it is possible to install older versions of IE and have them run concurrently with IE 6?

If so, how?

Can we even get the older versions of IE from MS?

Thanks in advance

Question by:Steve34
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SysExpert earned 100 total points
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Probably not. Either use a second PC, or dual/triple boot into seperate OS's.
If you have the $$$$ and RAM, get VMWare or similar, to run multiple OS's simultaneously.

IE is now part of the OS and you can not have 2 different versions running.

I hope this helps !
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If you use Netscape, you should be able to run 2 different versions on the same machine if installed in separate directories.

I hope this helps !


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We do.

We are testing everything against IE 6, Netscape 6.2*, and Opera 6.

I just wanted to be able to check stuff against IE 5.5 and IE 5.0
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Only one version of IE can be installed at any one time, since many file are installed into Windows they would replace the "other" file of the same same from the (older or newer) version.  
I still have NS 3.01, 3.4, 4.78, and 6.2 installed and beleive it or not they all still work, some of the older ones do not handle some sites very well, but they can still be useful from time to time.

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A different approach would be to run VMWare (http://www.vmware.com) and have VM's with different versions of IE, but VMWare doesn't run on Windows 98; only on NT/2K/XP. You'd have to upgrade the Windows 98 machine to one of these.

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Pick up old versions of IE here:


replace with ie5setup for IE 5.0 and ie55setup for 5.5

You can uninstall IE with IEradicator http://www.98lite.net/ieradicator.html
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Install IE5 or any older MSIE
Copy the folder to another location or name.
Install IE6
Create a shortcut to the older version of IE.
Test the older IE.

If it works you will be happy.
If not just delete the old IE directory and the shorcut.
Your OS configuration stay clean.

Maybe you need to reinstall IE6.
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You could install another version of windows in a different directory, and install the older ie into the second copy of windows. Setup your system to multiboot these different copies.

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I think my comments pretty much covered it.

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I agree except it should have started out "definitely not" since IE is embedded into Win98, you cannot install an older version of IE anyway.

If user does not come back then accept SysExpert's comment as the answer.

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Internet Explorer 6 Service Patch 1 (CRITICAL UPDATE) was available from WindowsUpdate yesterday and highly recommended to fix significant problems.  You may wish to check WindowsUpdate directly.  Some more insights about these updates here:
The following link shows you the list of fixes included in IE 6 SP1

If more is needed, please let us know.
Good luck,
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