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IE Collection (run any version of IE on Windows)

Postby Handyman » 03 May 2010, 11:29

A while back, I found a multi-IE application which can run IE versions 4-6 and since I had to test a site in IE6, it worked great.
The only problem was, it killed my IE7 installation; so I tried to install a standalone IE7, but it had a few problems that kept it from being useful at all. So with a bit of research, I found an application that is currently supported that runs IE from version 1 (why would you want to run IE1?) all the way to IE8 - it lets you choose which versions you want installed.

So I have deleted 2 of my Windows VM's and I now only have 1 VM that runs IE8, IE7 and IE6 (saved myself 20GB of disk space :) )
and so far, IE6, IE7 and IE8 seem to be working great - except if I have all 3 open, my user agent shows up as IE6 :shock:

Without further ado, here's the link: http://finalbuilds.edskes.net/iecollection.htm

P.S. They also have a link on there for a silent FireFox installer - which you could make it automatically download and install FireFox on your system ;) nice trick for your users who are still running IE6 :tomato:

I also found a couple of great debugging tools that give you about 90% of what FireBug gives you in FireFox - I'll post those in another topic later on.
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Re: IE Collection (run any version of IE on Windows)

Postby NumberOne » 04 May 2010, 19:18

Have you tried www.spoon.net/Browsers

You can run all those wonderful versions of IE, for real, without having to actually install any of them on your PC, because they are all virtualized apps!
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Re: IE Collection (run any version of IE on Windows)

Postby Handyman » 05 May 2010, 02:22

I did see that site but I couldn't figure out how to get the browsers or how to work with them… maybe an issue working with Chrome?
I also have IEtester, which allows you to have each version of IE in tabs - but it's not as stable as the browser itself, so I had to find something else and came up with the IE collection.
I had to do more IE7 and IE8 testing today, so I had both open at the same time (had IE8, IE7 and IE6 open the other day) so it's working very well :)
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Re: IE Collection (run any version of IE on Windows)

Postby onehundredandtwo » 06 May 2010, 00:50

I just installed it, and... wow.

This will save me so much time, since I previously used browsershots.org for my IE screenshots all of the time.

Thanks Handyman! :hug:
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Re: IE Collection (run any version of IE on Windows)

Postby Handyman » 06 May 2010, 14:10

Awesome! :)
Here's the rest of the debugging tools I now use for IE/Windows: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=13204
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Re: IE Collection (run any version of IE on Windows)

Postby Sshadow » 15 May 2010, 13:46

Thanks for this :) Do you advise this to be run from a Virtual machine? Or can it be run on my normal OS?
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Re: IE Collection (run any version of IE on Windows)

Postby Handyman » 19 May 2010, 14:44

It works both ways. My setups is running XP through Parallels, so it's a virtual machine, but it runs exactly the same as it would natively.
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