Running Multiple Versions Of IE On The Same Box


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Comments (27)
  1. Eric says:

    Are you talking about SuperPreview ?

  2. Chris says:

    Do you know when the latest vhds will be available? The April 30 expiration is around the corner. Thank you.

  3. Edwin Martin says:

    VPC images do not run on Vista Home Premium, which is by far the most installed version of Vista.

    If there’s something which doesn’t help us web developers here, then it’s Microsoft itself.

  4. Don M says:

    Strange timing for your post. The IE test VPN images expire in a couple of days, and I haven’t seen anything about new images with new expiration dates. Is Microsoft going to release new images?

  5. What's New says:

    There are applications out there that will put IE4/5/6/7/8 on the same machine and let you switch between

  6. Eli Thompson says:

    Maybe the title of your posting should be "Don’t Run Multiple Versions Of IE On The Same Box (Use Virtuals)"

  7. Don M says:

    Re: Edward Martin’s post about VPC image not running under Vista Home Premium.

    Virtual PC and VPC images *do* run under Vista Home Premium. It’s not "officially supported", and you get a warning message when you install it, but you can safely ignore the warning.

  8. Stuart says:

    How about a link to those VPCs then?

  9. David says:

    Since Microsoft makes these VPC images and the OS. Could they not just strip down the OS so that the only real function that could be done is to run IE? Or maybe do some Virtual Applications of the browsers.

  10. DavidC says:

    The VHDs are expired!  Where are the new ones?

  11. kazim says:

    Application virtualzation

    have a look at the following


  12. Chris says:

    My IE6 VPC image expired last night. When will a new image be posted? Thanks.

  13. IEBlog says:

    Just wanted to get a post out to let people know that we’ve updated the IE VPC Test images. These images

  14. Sam says:

    IETester will still have the same problems as other multiple IE solutions – as you aren’t getting a true test environment (beyond CSS testing).

  15. Question says:


    Any chance you guys can release these new versions maybe one week before they expire.  I use these for our developers and coordinating new release images as well as adding anti-virus and other tools needed requires a bit more than releasing them the day of expiration.  I’ve sent in a ticket requesting some sort of release time table, however none seems to be available.

    If you really want to help people use this then there has to be a smooth transition and testing period alloted.  Having to keep checking the site for updates up until the expiration date is not helping attract people to using your more reliable testing platform compared to the multi-IE packages out there.

  16. JFR says:

    @Sam: IETester is using the exact rendering engin and javascript engine of the ie engine it is instanciating for each tab.

    What do you mean exactly when you say "IETester will still have the same problems as other multiple IE solutions". Can you be precise please ?

  17. frymaster says:

    "VPC images do not run on Vista Home Premium"

    possibly, but developers will be running vista business, so that’s ok 😛

  18. Sean Hogan says:

    I don’t understand the logic of time-bombing the VPC images. Isn’t the only difference (between a non-expiring image and a time-bombed one) that every three months developers have to remind MS that the image is expired, wait for MS to update them, download and install the new one?

    You say that MS is giving away a copy of Windows but either I already have Windows or I’ve chosen a different OS.

  19. rico says:

    Using terms like "Frankenbuilds" to steer people away from IEtester etc. is not a good idea. The solution offered here may be less of a hack, but has some really obvious drawbacks of its own. The road to testing in shitty old IE6* remains slippery either way.

    *Who built the monster in the first place ?..

  20. Jeff L says:

    as asked above, what about Xenocode?

  21. Olivier says:

    "They’re time bombed, because we’re basically giving a copy of Windows away, but users can also build their own."

    The timebomb isn’t fun, so how can we make our own VPC images in a legal way ? I mean, I don’t want to pay several Windows licenses just to be able to test in IE4,5,5.5,6,7,…

    Or as asked by David, why Microsoft doesn’t provide stripped down versions of Windows with no timebomb ? By restricting users so they can’t install any software, but they can install updates from Windows Updates. Or like Windows PE : the Windows reboot or shutdown every hour/two hours,… or something like that.

  22. Jake Munson says:

    I’m sorry, but stuff like this makes me wonder if Microsoft hates web developers.  The IE6 stagnation debacle combined with this VPC image crap…do you guys really care how much time you make us web developers waste?  Do you even realize that most web developers HATE IE and wish it would just silently go away?

  23. The inability to run multiple versions of IE does not just hurt when testing websites.

    Upgrading IE is a major issue for many corporations because there is a very real risk of breaking existing web applications. For the same reason, this may hold organizations back from using new webapplications that run well only on the more standards compliant versions of IE (like 7 and 8).

    All these problems would be gone if IE was architected such that IE instances would be stand alone and isolated from one another.

    Firefox can, why can’t IE?

    What is the benefit for the customer to integrate an application with the OS to the extent that you cannot upgrade it without the risk of breaking something?

  24. timber says:

    Can I use two versions of FF on the same box?

  25. Chris Quirke says:

    The problem is chaining a relatively trivial app that needs to be widely deployed, to a lumpy anchor like an OS.  

    Ideally, it should be possible to install and use any version of IE on any version of Windows, and by eating that SxS dogfood, have it co-exist with different versions of itself.

    Now I know you’ll say IE is hardly a "trivial app" – but it is hugely edge-facing, and IMO that means it should be somewhat detached from the OS’s innards.  Think of how a leaf can be pulled off a tree without ripping it open; that’s how I’d prefer to see edge-facing software that’s exposed to exploits, so I can quickly amputate it if need be.

    Jake Munson refers to "stagnant IE6" – heh, imagine if all those years weren’t stagnating in IE6, you’d prolly have another 2 or 3 versions of OS-bound browsers to test  🙂

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