Thursday, January 28, 2010

Running IE6 Under Windows 7 - Easier Than I Thought

I needed to test out a site on the dread Internet Explorer 6, and none of my laptops were old enough to do this. Back in the XP days, you could run multiple version of IE on your computer without an issue. With Vista, and Windows 7, this capability seemed lost.

Though, I learned this actually isn't the case with Windows 7.

Turns out, on the Start Menu of Windows 7 is an option to run Windows XP Mode. The first time you run it, you'll be asked to download two files here. After you've installed both files, running this shortcut kicks off a virtual PC.

After a fairly lengthy first boot, the PC comes and sure enough, by default, it's running IE6. Specifically, 6.0.2900.5522.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234. Got that?

So, IE6 testing on Windows 7 isn't the headache I thought it would be. Good to know.

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