how to install different versions of IE (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) on Windows 7


I'm trying to figure out how to install multiple versions of IE (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) on my Windows 7 machine. Do I have to install VirtualBox?

There's the Microsoft site:

But don't know if I can just download the files for IE 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. It looks like the files are specific to the VM like Virtual PC, Virtual Box or VMWare. But if I install, say, VirtualBox then I need to install Windows 7 within the Virtual Box, correct? But if I do this then I need another license according to this:

I would like to install the different versions of IE on my Windows 7 machine for development testing? Is that possible without buying another license of Windows 7?

Thanks and Father God bless<><
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We have used these in the past

or, install side by side in

The other method is to have different virtual machines.

But you will need a WIndows 7 license for every VM!

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I use the last method (for other reasons) and have most browsers installed. Yes, I needed licenses for the different operating systems.

I agree with Andrew's first suggestion above.

IE 7 and 8 are dead and have limited market share. The other browsers are still in use.
Victor KimuraSEO, Web DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Ok, thanks, fellas! =) It looks like sandboxie can be used as a type of Virtual machine then.

I was looking at the site:

and I guess I can use Linux with VirtualBox and then install the different versions of IE from there.

I'm just wondering if others have any opinions and what they used as a set up too.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I use multiple Windows machines and have different versions of Windows and Internet Explorer.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We are completely VIrtual!

25 Virtual Labs, and ALL licensed!

With many different version of Windows, and IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari for testing Sharepoint installations. (also the same for Linux!)
Victor KimuraSEO, Web DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Wow! I'm jealous. hehe =)
Victor KimuraSEO, Web DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Hi @eenookami,

It's not a matter of having the good responses (they are good responses) but I wanted to see how others have dealt with the situation. There could be further insight that top contributors don't implement. This is why I requested for more feedback. I don't know how your system works in terms of requesting more responses though so maybe there are no others who have insight to the matter. But if there then I would've like to have heard them too.

Father God bless your day<><
Victor KimuraSEO, Web DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I think installing linux and downloading the different IE versions for Linux is cheaper.
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