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old internet explorer versions in windows 7 64-bit


Hello!

I would like to test the compatibility of websites on Internet Explore 6 and 7. I have Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.

I've searched extensively for 64-bit versions of these two programs, but without any luck. I really don't want to use something like IE Tester, because of how unreliable I understand the results can be.

Is there a way to run the 32-bit versions of IE 6 and 7 I've found on a 64-bit machine?

Thanks you for helping!
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8/22/2022 - Mon
Kris Montgomery

Use XP Mode and Virtual PC.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

Thanks.
mug
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I tried to download this earlier today, but the page malfunctions. It tells me I must agree to download a validator (for some reason) before I'm allowed to continue to download the virtual PC. I download and run it, then nothing happens. I click the link again, and I'm told I must download the validator again.

Is this the only way? I'm already running windows on my mac through VMware. Will I then be running two virtual environments at that point? It's seem like it's likely to be very, very slow..

Thank you!
Kris Montgomery

Yes, as far as I know, you cannot have multiple versions of IE installed on one computer without using a virtual.  

If VirtPC isn't working for you, you can use Sun Virtualbox (which is better anyway, in my opinion), create a new virtual and install Windows on it.  Shut it down and make a copy of the virtual hard drive and then you will have two virtuals in which to test with.  One to install IE 7 on and one to keep IE 6 on.    

Yes, it will slow your computer down, so you will need to beef up the RAM in your machine.  Honestly, I don't a huge amount of speed change when running a virtual unless I am trying to run processor or graphic intensive apps.

It sounds like you are having some other issues with the IE installed on your machine and it may not be a good instance to test with.  

Good Luck!

mug
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hibbsusan

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thanks for your help on this. a different browser was exactly what i needed. apparently microsoft does not get on well with chrome!

sorry about taking so long to give the points; i really do appreciate your help.
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No problem :)