Install Multiple Versions Of IE

If you design web pages, at some point you’re going to want to know what your website might look like in older versions of Internet Explorer. Due to the fact that so many people are still using versions as old as IE6 and IE7, it’s worth considering a reliable method to see how your website might look under the magnifying glass of dated browser releases. Now normally for Windows users, I’d suggest that you’re out of luck and will need to find another way of running multiple versions of Internet Explorer. But then I came across something called MultipleIEs.

I was awe-struck. Here was a simple to install, easy to manage method of reliably running multiple versions of IE that didn’t require a lot of Windows licenses and virtual machines. To point out that I was in love with the idea, was an understatement.

Install Multiple Versions Of IE

Who needs MultipleIEs anyway?

The fact of the matter is that unless you happen to be among those running tech sites, you will have anywhere from 2-5% of your IE users running IE6 and likely 10-13% of them running IE7. Now I cannot speak for you, but I don’t have revisions of the browser anywhere near that old. My Windows PC is humming along with IE9. It’s the current browser and logic might dictate that we should all be on the same page by now. Sadly, we’re not.

What you need to know about MultipleIEs

MultipleIEs apparently doesn’t run in Vista. Yes, this stinks, but maybe that will motivate you to either skip ahead to Windows 7 or perhaps look at rolling back to XP for testing purposes. Secondly, don’t waste your time with IE5 and lower. Yes, they can be installed, but no one worth your time is running this browser. IE6 is as far back as you need to be concerned with. And lastly, sometimes Windows updates can break MultipleIEs. Not a huge deal, just reinstall it and all should be right with the world.

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  • http://www.jakeludington.com Jake Ludington

    I’m a big fan of Cross Browser Testing, which lets me avoid installing anything on my computer. If you do install MultipleIEs, using it in a virtual machine would be a safer way to go than installing it on a primary Windows install.

  • http://profiles.google.com/brandonscoolemail Brandon Rader

    IE7 isn’t exactly the most outdated browser out there…