How to run Microsoft Edge on Windows 7

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 14, 2017
Updated • Nov 15, 2019
Internet, Microsoft Edge

Can you install Microsoft Edge on Windows 7, another Windows operating system, or even on non-Windows operating systems?

The short answer to that question is no, you cannot. But you do have options when it comes to running Microsoft Edge on devices that are not running Windows 10.

Microsoft itself notes that Microsoft Edge is only available on Windows 10. Edge is the default system browser on Windows 10 devices. It replaced Internet Explorer (which is also still available), and can best be described as a fast but basic web browser.

There are good reasons for you wanting to run Microsoft Edge on Windows 7 or another non-Windows 10 version of Windows.

If you are a web developer, you may want to test websites and projects for compatibility purposes. Do the sites load and look fine on Edge?

If you are a user, you may like the bare bones nature of Edge, or that it promises better battery life when run on mobile devices than other browsers.

Running Edge on non-Windows 10 devices

You have two main options when it comes to running Edge on Windows 7 or another operating system that is not Windows 10.

  1. Use virtual machines for that.
  2. Use the BrowserStack offering.

Option 1: Virtual machines that provide access to Microsoft Edge

microsoft edge virtual machine

You can download a virtual machine image to your local system from Microsoft that provides you with access to Microsoft Edge.

Simply visit the Microsoft Edge website, and there the Tools > VMs section. Microsoft offers virtual machine images for all its browsers from Internet Explorer 8 all the way to Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge.

Tip: You may download a 90-day trial of Windows 10 Enterprise from Microsoft, and install it on a virtual machine as well. The process requires a bit more work though as you have to set up everything manually. Still, it is another option that you have.

Microsoft Edge is offered as a stable version and as a preview version. The stable version has not been updated yet for the Creators Update release at the time of writing. This is probably going to happen soon though.

Once you have selected one of the available Edge virtual machine images, you are asked to select the VM platform that you want to run it on. Available are VirtualBox, Vagrant, Hyper-V, VMware and Parallels.

You need the VM software installed on your machine to load the VM image. You can grab a free copy of VirtualBox from the official website for instance.

Downloads are provided as zipped archive files. They are quite large, the version for VirtualBox for instance has a size of 4 Gigabytes.


For Windows

While you wait for the download to finish, check out the following requirements and limitations:

  1. You need archive software, such as Bandizip, 7-Zip or Winrar to unpack the archive once you have downloaded it. Some versions of Windows ship with zip software; if that is the case, you may simply right-click the downloaded image and select the extract option without using third-party software.
  2. The virtual machine images expire automatically after 90 days. Microsoft recommends creating a snapshot of the installation so that you can go back to it later without having to download the virtual machine file again.

The file that you get has the .ova extension (if you picked the VirtualBox image).

Installation of the Microsoft Edge virtual machine image

Open VirtualBox to get started, and select File > Import Appliance from the menu bar. You may use the shortcut Ctrl-I instead to open it.

load microsoft edge vm image

Select the next button. VirtualBox displays configuration information on the next page. These highlight the operating system type (Windows 10 for Edge), the RAM assigned to the virtual environment, and other hardware information.

You can make changes here to modify settings, for instance by lowering the RAM, or disabling DVD support.

Microsoft recommends that the virtual environment has at least 2 Gigabytes of RAM at its disposal.

edge installation

Once you are done going through the configuration and modifying preferences as you see fit, click on import to start the installation process. This may take a couple of minutes. You may start the virtual machine then with a double-click on it.

load virtual machine

Windows 10 loads then, and you should be taken directly to the desktop. There you find information on the user account -- username is IEUser, password is Passw0rd! -- and other information that highlight how to re-arm the operating system, activate the copy, and a hint that you should create a snapshot or backup to avoid expiration of the image after 90 days.

You can run Microsoft Edge with a click on e-icon on the Windows taskbar.

run microsoft edge

You may use Edge like you would on a regular installation of Windows. Install extensions, modify preferences, or use the built-in Developer Tools the browser ships with.

Running Microsoft Edge on BrowserStack

microsoft edge browserstack

BrowserStack, in cooperation with Microsoft, offers free live cloud testing of Microsoft Edge, and Selenium Cloud Testing of the browser.

The main benefit of this approach is that you don't have to download a large virtual image file or operating system image to your computer, and run it locally. BrowserStack provides the virtual images, and it is usually a much faster process to get started.

Downside is that you need to create a free account on the BrowserStack website before the option becomes available. Free plans are limited to 30 minutes usually, but there is no limit for running Edge on BrowserStack thanks to the partnership.

Select Windows 10 in the operating system selection menu on the site afterwards, and then one of the available Microsoft Edge versions.

browserstack edge

BrowserStack launches Microsoft Edge than in the browser you are using to access the site.

You may notice that there is a little bit of lag involved. That's one of the disadvantages of using the BrowserStack solution to run Microsoft Edge, as you won't get the same kind of lag if you run Edge in a virtual machine provided the machine itself is capable enough to handle this.

Closing Words

While you may not be able to install Microsoft Edge on Windows 7, Windows 8 or other operating systems directly, you can at least run the web browser on those operating systems using virtual machines, or the BrowserStack offering.

Now You: What's your opinion of Microsoft Edge so far?

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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