IE6 and IE7 VPC Refresh Available


Just a quick blog post to let you know we’ve updated the IE6 (XP SP2) and the IE7 (XP SP2) VPC images that you can use with Virtual PC 2007.

You can find the images at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=21EABB90-958F-4B64-B5F1-73D0A413C8EF&displaylang=en. From here, you can download either the IE6 image or the IE7 image. Both images are pretty much identical to the ones we published back in April, they contain all of the updates through last week, and any included tools are the most up to date versions. Both images are set to expire on December 7, 2007.

If you’re unfamiliar with these VPC images, check out this blog post for more details about what they are, how they work and why you might want to use them.

PEte LePage
Product Manager

Comments (57)

  1. Derek says:

    The IE6 image has a hardcoded proxy server address (haven’t checked the IE7 image), so if you’re having connectivity issues, follow these steps:

    1. Tools -> Internet Options -> Connections -> LAN Settings

    2. Untick "Use a proxy server for your LAN" option

    3. Click OK

  2. (hopefully with the IE team’s blessings) I’ve uploaded an IE7 standalone for other web designers to use though it does not support the Flash plugin (great for testing alternative content) and most of the features don’t work (has the home button though) however I still recommend people using the Virtual PC the IE team has made available.

    http://www.jabcreations.com/downloads/ie7_standalone.html

    If I have just one request it would be for IE 8 to have CSS3 multiple-background image support. Both Opera or and Gecko don’t have these yet and this would really make graphic heavy pages so much easier to design.

  3. Tom Clancy says:

    Has anyone managed to get these running on Parallels? Virtual PC complains about my machine looking like it has an underperforming chip.

  4. hAl says:

    Is this blog ever going to report on IE development again ?????

  5. rc says:

    @hAl

    No, it won’t.

    At this time, Microsoft has no definite plans about developing new versions or even subversions of Internet Explorer. They intent "in general" to release new browser some time in future, but yet they have no project, roadmap or even distinct idea of what features will be implemented and who will participate in development.

    There certainly will be no news about IE in the next few years. Maybe after the release of next Windows version ("Vienna") Microsoft will only begin to develop their new browser.

  6. Garry Trinder says:

    @rc

       Actually no, that’s not true.  We are actively working on the next version of Internet Explorer; we have nothing to announce yet.

  7. Jon says:

    Haha… RC apparently believes everything he reads, and makes up a bit too.  Unfortunately, what he chooses to read is also made up, so he lives in a funny little fantasy world.

  8. FAW says:

    I can’t get a connection with the IE6 image, even after unchecking the proxy server box as recommended in Derek’s post. The previous IE6 image still works fine and I have made their settings identical – still no luck on the new image.

  9. rc says:

    @Chris Wilson

    "We are actively working on the next version of Internet Explorer"

    Unfortunately, there is no real confirmation of this assertion.

  10. Steven says:

    @RC– Heh.  "Confirmation" is provided by the continued existence of this blog and the IE team.

    You might have missed one of the stages of childhood development.  Object persistence, usually developed early in childhood, is when the child comes to understand that things that are not presently in view still continue to exist.

    Admittedly, IE seems to be taking an unfortunate page from Apple’s playbook; "don’t announce until it’s ready."

  11. Dan says:

    http://gallery.menalto.com/node/37967

    In this post, a user has a problem with initial page load for each browser instance but is having difficulty expressing the problem to support.

    You will find that this particular issue is becoming almost universal, across the Internet.

    Cause:  A default install of Google Toolbar is the issue.  Question: Is this just coincidence or because Google wants everyone to switch to their preference, Firefox.

    I believe it involves newer releases of the Google toolbar only because I did not have the problem originally, but only after I had reinstalled IE7 and downloaded and installed the latest Google toolbar.

    Each browser instance, including tabs, takes approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute to load the initial page for viewing, after which the user is able to browse normally.  The problem is that if a hyperlink activates a tab or a new browser instance, the problem begins again for that instance of the browser.

    I think it has something to do with the connection for sharing information with Google via the toolbar but am not sure.

    Many people have mistakenly attributed this problem to the Sun Microsystems Java Runtime but that is not the problem.

    Since this is becoming an Internet epedemic of unprecedented proportions, I would suggest a thorough investigation.

    The problem is getting bigger because there is a lot of time between incidents.  The reason for the time between incidents is that the time between when someone installs the Google Toolbar originally and the time that they re-install the toolbar for whatever reason, is usually a long period of time.

    Suggest escalating the status of this issue to the uppermost levels of Microsoft Development

    to try and nip it in the bud, so to speak.

    Dan McTaggart

    dan@newsmediarelease.com

  12. Mary says:

    rc said:

    "Unfortunately, there is no real confirmation of this assertion."

    LOL, yes, the "Platform Architect of the Internet Explorer Platform team at Microsoft" saying they are "actively working on" one is "no real confirmation".

  13. Dan says:

    P.S. the problem does not affect Firefox

    Dan

  14. googler says:

    @cwilso (a.k.a. Chris Wilson):

    "We are actively working on the next version of Internet Explorer"

    Yeh, this may be true, but without a single blog post on this blog to confirm that, and indicate most importantly what spec items are being fixed (esp. the DOM ones), what items are being added (esp. the DOM ones), and what new features MS is planning, all you have for IE8 right now is vaporware.

    There were several promises made by several members of the IE team that after IE7 came out, future releases would not be 3+ years apart, in order to attempt to catch up to the rest of the browser market, and ensure a commitment to the IE browser.

    With a year almost gone, and not even a whisper of the IE8 Alpha, nor Beta, how can we possibly believe that there will be anything to see before 2009 has ended?

    Its been posted once, or twice, or possibly a thousand times on this blog.. we want details.. we want tracking.. and we want at least a ‘glimmer of hope’ that IE is going to make good on their words, and start following the spec!

    IE7 had its excuses, but IE8 has next to none!  We fully expect IE8 to be darn near spec compliant, at least for the JavaScript part!

    So, once again, please post something about tracking, something about bug fixes, something about new implementations, or please, don’t bother posting!

  15. AC says:

    @googler

    "Yeh, this may be true, but without a single blog post on this blog to confirm that, and indicate most importantly what spec items are being fixed (esp. the DOM ones), what items are being added (esp. the DOM ones), and what new features MS is planning, all you have for IE8 right now is vaporware."

    You can have all of those things and still end up in vaporware.

    The IE team obviously can’t even post speculation on what the would like to have since anything that might even get a mention will be taken as law of what to expect, even if it was just a hopeful delivery.

    Unfortunately, this leaves the team with not saying much. Which has happened. A lot.

  16. lol says:

    cwilso is just a lamer who fakes chris wilson :’)

    When will there be support for

    :before

    :after

    :focus (on input/textarea)

    border-radius

    display: table;

    display: table-row;

    display: table-cell;

    …etc…

    You guys block the web(development)

    noobs 🙂

  17. lol says:

    cwilso is just a lamer who fakes chris wilson :’)

    When will there be support for

    :before

    :after

    :focus (on input/textarea)

    border-radius

    display: table;

    display: table-row;

    display: table-cell;

    …etc…

    You guys block the web(development)

    noobs 🙂

  18. Alex Brindal says:

    Hi Developement Team and others reading!

    I spent quite awhile designing a theme for http://www.businessportalserver.com and have it running under FireFox and IE6 fine, and got it tow work under IE7… or so i had thought. I’m still running XP, i have vista, but only Home Premium (so i miss out on the Virtual PC, and need to text my websites in IE6) – so i was suprised when i hoped up the website in IE7 under Vista, to find the banner was no longer showing correctly.

    Anyone got suggestions to get around this? It’s very frustrating that when a design that requires some tricky css comes up – that IE7 doesn’t perform the same; I don’t know how to check for Vista to ensure it is showing right across platforms.

    Cheers for advice!

    Alex

  19. IE8 says:

    You can install VPC on Vista Home Premium, just ignore the warnings.

  20. Kei says:

    This is English Version.

    But I need to test Chinese Traditon Websites.

    I try to install IE language pack, it need to insert xp install dics.  

  21. EricLaw [MSFT] says:

    @Alex: Is the problem that the gray columns don’t line up with the blue columns in the masthead?  I note that this problem goes away if you remove the DOCTYPE declaration at the top of your HTML.  

    I suspect that IE7 supports a CSS feature that you expect to be broken.

  22. hAl says:

    [quote]We are actively working on the next version of Internet Explorer; we have nothing to announce yet.[/quote]

    Are we asking for offical announcements ?

    A bit of info would be nice.

    Or asking people here for input omn matters ?

  23. Button says:

    Thank you *so much* Pete for the images! I’ve been waiting for the longest time 🙂

  24. Mark says:

    Has everyone completely given up on IE5 and IE5.5 images being made available ? ?

  25. Fliesen says:

    @FAW I have the same problem. Could you get now a a connection with the IE6 image?

  26. joe says:

    Mark,

    although there are some users still on IE5 or IE5.5 they are for all intensive purposes dead.

    Spending any effort on them is a complete waste of your time.

    I would recomend a quick detection (if you think those users are going to access your site/app) and redirect to a page that indicates their browser is woefully out of date, and not secure.  provide links to the latest IE, and/or some of the modern browsers like Firefox, Safari, and Opera.

    On that page though, add a link where they can email you.. they may have an odd reason why they can’t upgrade, so let them contact you to advise.

  27. MA says:

    Has anybody experienced this error message when trying to execute the "IE6_VPC.EXE" file?

    "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.  You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

    I’ve tried to change the security permissions on the file (unblock) but the option does not appear any idea?

     Thanks

  28. quixotic_1 says:

    All I want to know is where MS sends their error reports when IE7 crashes.  I have searched the web and this site and found no information – I KNOW THIS IS A NEWBIE-TYPE POST, but I have no choice. IE7 crashes on my system 10 to 12 times a day when I am simply clicking on links from trusted e-mail sources. I send an error report each time and yet I do not even know if MS is concerned that their browser is less stable than any other available. HELP! HELP! HELP!

  29. EricLaw [MSFT] says:

    @quixotic_1: Crash reports go to Microsoft servers as described here: http://oca.microsoft.com/en/dcp20.asp.

    If you’re seeing crashes in IE7, chances are high that the problem is a buggy addon.  See http://www.enhanceie.com/ie/troubleshoot.asp for tips on disabling addons to find the buggy one.

    @hAl: What did you have in mind for "a bit of info" that wouldn’t be considered an announcement?  Fortunatately for us, with this audience, we get plenty of feedback even when we don’t explicitly ask for it.  ðŸ™‚

  30. not hAl says:

    @Eric Hey, I think the "bit of info" is quite obvious.

    TELL US ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT IS/HAS/MAY LIKELY BE FIXED IN (HTML/CSS/JAVASCRIPT) TERMS, THAT WILL BE IN IE8.

    We dont care about activex or vbscript, validation, certificates, etc.

    We want to hear:

    Bug XYZ, fixed internally

    Bug YZV, were looking into options on how to solve and maintain backward compatibility

    etc.

    Will IE8 at least support CSS based rounded corners?

    Will IE8 support CSS box shadows?

    Will IE8 support CSS nth rules, so we don’t need to do excessive classing/JS just to be able to get a stripped table?

    Will the window.prompt() dialog be fixed in IE8? it is hideous, non-uniform with all other dialogs and hardly usable at the moment.

    Will printing allow printing in non-strict mode?

    Will all/any of printings quirks be fixed?

    Will Tab options be added in IE8? (you don’t even have to say what, just say that there are new options.. this will indicate that you’ve listened, and know we are not happy with the status quo)

    Will javascript: url’s be allowed on the about:blank page?  Will the new Tab/Page stop showing the text "about:blank" that makes it look like a goofy error?

    Will addon developers be able to interact with Tabs, so they can add/remove/sort/reload/adjust them? (PS this would allow addon developers to fix whatever MS doesn’t/can’t)

    Will DOM methods be **PROPERLY** supported across the board in IE8? (my personal pet peeve)

    Just grab a few of those, and start blogging, please!

  31. gabe says:

    personally id like to have a list of bugs that have been fixed

    for instance in the case of Mozilla they have bugs ranked by p 1 though p5 id like to see something simlier

    like acid 2 test id like to know if its likely to pass

    p1 acid 2 test will difinently pass

    p2 probably but maybe not pass

    p3 somewhat unlikely

    p4 vary unlikely

    p5 difenently not gonna happen

  32. barrie says:

    I would like to hear that ie 8 has inline search, not the same crud from the ie 4 era.

    I would also like to hear that in ie 8 the <option> element in select lists will actually support CSS styling, and the disabled attribute.

    I think it would be good to hear that zooming is fixed in ie 8 also.

    I would also like to hear that the Internet options dialog in ie 8 is STRETCHable! trying to pick 2 or 3 items out of a few hundred is agrevating when you can only see like 10 at a time.

    I hope in ie 8 that clearType is in sync for windows and Internet Explorer, so that when I turn it off in Windows, it automatically gets turned off in Internet Explorer too.

    Lastly, I would like to hear what is going on with the bug tracking.  Is it happening or not.  I’m tired of waiting for Microsoft to answer the question.

  33. xavier says:

    When I do a CTRL + H to bring up History, then right click to delete an item, then click the OK button for the (are you really, really sure), why does it close my history window?

    Please tell me this bug is fixed in IE 8 because if you want to delete 5 or 6 items it is very time consuming

  34. serializer says:

    I’d like to STRONGLY second the motion for CSS3 multiple background images ASAP. This shouldn’t be in IE8; this should be in an update to IE7, preferably tomorrow. The other browsers would have to follow suit.

    Making a resizable frame with fully graphical borders requires EIGHT extra markup elements, which makes the HTML incredibly unwieldy and breaks the principal of separating content from presentation.

    As soon as I heard about this proposed features I thought, "why wasn’t this introduced AGES ago?"

    Hmm… Safari ALREADY supports it (along with rounded corners using a proprietary attribute). C’mon, are you REALLY gonna let Apple get such a big one over on Windows? 😉

    Anyways, huge thanks for making the VPC images available. I’ve seen some links to the standalone versions but they really don’t work properly; very buggy, and the standalone IE6 won’t run the developer toolbar. Still, I’d recommend them for a quick test of how well your sites degrade in legacy browsers, since it’s a good indicator of accessibility.

  35. Alex Brindal says:

    @EricLaw

    Thganks for the response, i didn’t try removing the doc declaration – but still, as far as i’ve tested the website is showing up the same in firefox, IE6, IE7(XP) and safari – It surely couldn’t be displaying something ‘right’ in IE7(Vista) that the developers didn’t make work in IE7(XP).

    Either way… the same version of browser that displays differently across versions of an operating system is a bit difficult – there’s no simple way to do "If Vista". It seems like a bug to me, either IE7(XP) or IE7(Vista) is doing something wrong, because the banner is showing up with what looks to be 1em either side of it more in margin (however the margin is in percent).

    Perhaps i’ll cut it down and find the exact bug and post.

    Alex

  36. @ Joe …If you implement patching for IE 6 merely serve the same patching for IE 5.0 and 5.5. With only a very few rare exceptions most bugs in IE 6 also occur exactly the same in IE 5.0/5.5. IE 5.0/5.5 stand alones are easy to find online. 😉

    @ serializer … As much as I dislike the horrible rendering of (fat/box-model overflowing) fonts on *nix and OS X Safari 3’s CSS 3 rendering looks really nice on my site if you enable CSS 3 site option. I don’t use multiple background images right now though.

  37. songtimes says:

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    设计经典网,不错的网站

    进来看看哦。。。。。。。。。。

  38. solarain.cn says:

    why i can’t Comment?

    can you tell me?

  39. Alberto says:

    What about enabling onclick upon option tags in the next release?

    Option tags on IE currently allow only 3 events, if I am not mistaken, among which an onselectstart that on an option tag apparently makes little sense, whereas an onclick would _easily_ permit things like storing the last selected option index without looping the menus.

    thank you

  40. Neil says:

    I’m having trouble loading the Flash plugin – does anyone have a suggestion? btw – I’m using the IE7 disk image.

  41. jeremiah_moss@cobraa1.com says:

    I’d like to see CSS3 columns in the next version of IE. Fixed width websites are easier to read, but they waste so much screen space.

  42. true hAl says:

    i just want to see a FULL support for CSS2.1 AND CSS3.0!

    and why do transparant png-24 images not work in IE7? (they arent transparant!)

    don’t fix the security but implement the CSS!

    don’t care about security it’s just one big whole.

    full CSS support is what we want!

    (and also let visual studio (asp.net) generate valid code!)

    oh and EricLaw:

    removing a doctype is NOT an option!!

  43. true hAl says:

    i just want to see a FULL support for CSS2.1 AND CSS3.0!

    and why do transparant png-24 images not work in IE7? (they arent transparant!)

    don’t fix the security but implement the CSS!

    don’t care about security it’s just one big whole.

    full CSS support is what we want!

    (and also let visual studio (asp.net) generate valid code!)

    oh and EricLaw:

    removing a doctype is NOT an option!!

  44. So-and-so says:

    I agree that an IE 5 vhd would be nice. There are a lot of people out there still using it, no matter what Microsoft will try to tell you. There. Are. People. Using. IE. 5. So it would be nice to be able to have a vhd with Win2k and IE 5. Also, why can’t you make these things expire less often? Downloading half a gig every three months is a big pain. If it has to expire, at least let it be after 6 months not only a few. And also, why the WGA blacklisting? I can’t download updates because it’s not "legit" even though it was provided by MS!

  45. EricLaw [MSFT] says:

    Alas, it’s hard to tell if "true hAl" has any relationship to "hAl".  

    Ignoring security is not an option.

    The fact that removing the doctype fixes Alex’s bug implies that his document works in quirks mode, which suggests that he needs to tweak his CSS to match strict mode.

  46. IE8 Feature Request says:

    IE8 Feature Request 1001: Right Click -> "Open this frame in a [1.) New Window, 2.) New Tab]

    Doing web development with iframes in IE is about as enjoyable as a root canal!

  47. @ rue hAl … I read that Photoshop applies a gamma channel though Macromedia Fireworks does not. I can’t confirm this nor am I a graphic designer but if you can try it out. Also CSS3 isn’t even close to being finished and won’t be until the W3C gets more funding as (from what I’ve heard so grain of salt here) many of the folks working on CSS3 are working regular full time jobs to pay their bills and then working on CSS3 in their free time.

    Also what Eric said is correct and if you need to tweak something that negatively effects your design in other browser use conditional comments which will allow you to apply the changes only to IE and have it working in strict mode as well as all the other browsers. If you still can’t figure it out contact me and I’d be glad to help you or any other hal for that matter figure this stuff out.

    @ Alberto…

    Have you tried using JavaScript to handle the onclick event in a modular fashion? This should work in IE just fine…

    document.getElementById("your_options_id_here").onclick = function() {

    // execute your onclick script or function here

    }

  48. Stan says:

    @John A. Bilicki III

    I’m not sure what Alberto is trying to do exactly, but I know that I have wanted to either add the onclick event inline (in generated output), or, add an eventlistener, to the option (when generating a DOM)

    Either way, I have to second Alberto’s request, I too would like to see the option tag (and all its issues) fixed in IE8.

  49. hAl says:

    [quote]Alas, it’s hard to tell if "true hAl" has any relationship to "hAl". [/quote]

    No of course not.

    I think in general we would like to know what the development team of IE is doing for a future version. What are they working on !!!

    Give us info about the future of IE.

    There is only silence from this blog about the future of IE.

  50. I think in general we would like to know what the development team of IE is doing for a future version. What are they working on !!!

    Give us info about the future of IE.

  51. Joseph says:

    Is there a .vmc file that goes with this?

  52. Dan Walker says:

    @IE8 Feature Request: You can already add this type of thing as a context menu extension in one or two lines of script.

  53. CodeClimber says:

    Better late then never: fixed skin for IE6

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