internet explorer 9 and 8 - virtual machine

Victor Kimura
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Hi,

1) I'm just wondering if it's possible to install internet explorer 9 and 8 so I can do some testing. I was looking at different virtual machines like virtual box, and vmware. But if I install of them do I need to get another license of windows 7 to install ie9?

2)  Which one is better?

3)  What are the pros and cons of each?

4) What about parallels?

I'm running Vista 32-bit home premium w/ dual core 1.73 and 3 gb ram.

Thanks,
Victor
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1. You may want to consider a trial of VMware ThinApp, which will allow you to use Internet Explorer 8.0 and Internet Explorer 9.0 on the same computer, and therefore no additional license would be required.

http://www.vmware.com/products/thinapp/overview.html

For every copy of Windows 7 you install you will need a valid License.

2. VMware Workstation 7.0.1, VMware Player 3.0 (free), Oracle Virtual Box 4.0 (free), Parallel all are very good hypervisors.

VMware Workstation 7.0.1

http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/ ($199)

VMware Player 3.0 for free

http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Virtualbox 4.0 for free

http://www.virtualbox.org/

Parallels 4.0

http://www.parallels.com/uk/products/desktop/pd4wl/

They are all very similar are all do the same job, VMware Player and Virtualbox are very good.

4. Parallels is the best if you want performance in the virtual machine.

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If you just want the browsers on a single machine....

Install Every Single Internet Explorer Versions on Your Computer
http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2009/03/22/install-every-single-internet-explorer-versions-on-your-computer/

Only used it once, but I have recommended it here with great success.....


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Hi hanccocka,

vm thinapp looks like it starts at $6000. lol. I think I'll try the free first.

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Hi johnb6767,

It doesn't seem like they have ie9 yet though.
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try for free.
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Youre right. Least you could do the IE9 on Windows 7, and use the others, should you need to..
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Thank you. =)

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