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Install IE 7 and keep IE 6 25May07

As every web developer knows (or should know), testing your work across all major web browsers is part of doing business. My own setup is primarily on OS X using Safari and Firefox, but I also keep Parallels open running Windows XP and IE 6 to quickly catch problems.

But there’s one browser missing—IE 7. Yeah, it’s supposed to be much more in-tune with the rest of the browser world when it comes to supporting web standards, but it’s still lagging behind and buggy. Up until Vista was released I could pretty well ignore IE 7, but those days are gone.

So… just install IE 7 in XP and everything will be fine, right? Wrong. Installing IE 7 deletes IE 6, which is still the dominant Windows browser to test against. I could install a second build of XP as a separate virtual machine in Parallels, but thanks to Microsoft’s draconian activation scheme, that won’t work. Buy Vista? I could, but come on. Plunk down nearly two hundred bucks just to use IE 7?
There has to be a better way. Thankfully, there is.

Like the old days of evolt.org’s browser archive, enterprising developers have built a standalone installer for old versions of IE. Here’s how it works — you install IE 7 through Windows Update, which will remove IE 6 from XP. You then download and run the aforementioned installer, and choose what version of IE you want to bring back to life — IE 6, IE 5.5, IE 5 and/or IE 4. I went ahead and installed them all.

The result? Five flavors of IE in XP, each running side by side without any code overlap or problems so far as I can see.

Text © Todd Dominey 2007

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Neal  Redding, CA  United States  wrote 13 years ago…

This was a great tip. Once I did my automatic update, I was screwed. But now I have ie6 at my fingertips. Thanks a ton.

Dion  Rotterdam  Netherlands  wrote 13 years ago…

Looks quite funny all those IE icons next to each other in the Quick launch bar, doesn't it... Well, it does when you have installed 4 or 5 versions of IE and you use the Quick launch bar like I do :-). All credits to Todd Dominey, I just passed along the message...
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