Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 17, 2009
Updated • Sep 19, 2010
Internet Explorer

There are various options to test a website in different versions of Internet Explorer. Some, like IETester, make it possible to install multiple versions of Internet Explorer on the same computer system. Others, like Browsershots, are online tools that can test a website in various web browsers as well.

A third possibility is now offered by Microsoft directly in the form of virtual PC images. Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 are provided as virtual PC images. It is possible to download a virtual PC image for each web browser running under Windows XP or Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8 images running under Windows Vista.

The Windows XP images have a size of around 600 Megabytes each while the Windows Vista images triple that size. The only limitation is an expiration date for the virtual PC images. The Windows XP images will expire in January 2010 while the Vista images will expire 120 days after their first execution. These expiration dates make the virtual PC images a less than favorable solution but its probably better than not testing the various editions of Internet Explorer at all.

Users who are interested in the virtual PC images can download them directly from the Microsoft website.


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  1. peter said on September 18, 2009 at 11:11 am
    Reply do the same without any virtual images…

  2. Rarst said on September 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    1.8GB in virtual images for three browser versions? That is so… Microsoft. I am sticking with IE Collection that offers same without virtual part and in 150MB. :)

    1. Martin said on September 17, 2009 at 8:51 pm

      Yeah the biggest problem of this release is the size and the expiration.

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