How to Run IE8 Beta, IE7 and IE6 On The Same PC?

Coding CSS and HTML for Internet Explorer is definitely a hard task, with each version of IE following different standards. So a designers nightmare come true, is when they have to code for different versions of IE without being able to install all the versions on the same PC, so you would see people using a Remote Desktop, VNC client or any other solution just to test their websites in different versions of Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer Collection is a handy freeware utility which will allow users to run multiple versions of IE on the same PC, it basically contains standalone versions of IE which can be run at the same time and runs independently of each other.

Internet Explorer Collection contains the following versions of IE:
– Internet Explorer 1.0 (4.40.0.308)
– Internet Explorer 1.5 (0.1.0.10)
– Internet Explorer 2.01 (2.1.0.46)
– Internet Explorer 3.0 (3.0.1152)
– Internet Explorer 4.01 (4.72.3110.0)
– Internet Explorer 5.01 (5.00.3314.2100)
– Internet Explorer 5.5 (5.51.4807.2300)
– Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2800.1106)
– Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.0.5730.13)
– Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.0.6001.18241)

We are still wondering, why they have included versions of IE5 and below, but it definitely would give you a good laugh trying to see, what sort of a mess their rendering engine would make of your website. The installation files are a bit large in size and totals to almost 43 MB, but with the amount of browser included it would be a worthwhile download.

Download Internet Explorer Collection [via ToThePC]

13 thoughts on “How to Run IE8 Beta, IE7 and IE6 On The Same PC?”

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  2. Having multiples IE version might not be a good idea, those previous versions are very vulnerable and for that reason trying these version are very risky.

  3. I installed it on my XP. But unable to use it. I just cant enter anything if I open a web page and have to enter something in an input field. Any idea?

  4. Just tried installing on XP SP2, but clicking on drop-downs causes the pop-up blocker bar to appear, but can’t turn it off. the drop-downs don’t drop down, and one has to use arrow keys to select a value.

    Also found a possible problem with links to .ashx (asp.net handler files), where they didn’t open.

  5. So, did it work for you ? Any problems ?

    I’m working on a browser screenshot application and as I rely on IE collection it is interesting to check user inputs.

    Thanks.

  6. This is how I solved this problem.
    There is one elegant way to run IE6, IE7 and IE8 on the same machine, called virtual PC.

    First download virtual PC from Microsoft website here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloadS/details.aspx?F

    Then download 3 EXE files with IE6, IE7 and IE8 here :http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=21EABB90-958F-4B64-B5F1-73D0A413C8EF&displaylang=en

    Install them on your PC and test your web applications. Saved me days of looking for similar solutions.

    1. I wouldn't call this solution "elegant", but rather cumbersome. Launching a number of virtual machines and than manually executing all these browsers… don't you think there got to be better alternative?

  7. Cool pack for older versions.
    Unfortunately for some reason IE8 mode running on engine from IE7.0.5730.13 not on IE8.X.XXXX.XX.
    Therefor it can not be considered as good for testing anything in IE8….

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