IE 5, 5.5, and 6 on the same PC.

While developing a project I needed to test using different versions of IE. It was difficult finding computers with older versions of IE on them to use for testing. I went to friends and a few old boxes but I was never able to test with IE 5.01. After reading an article at Chicago Web Design, I found a way to install different versions of IE on the same PC and run them concurrently. Here's a screen shot of IE 5, 5.5, and 6 running concurrently on one PC. You can tell that it is running each idividual version of IE because there are specific CSS bugs that only each version of the browser will render.

This seems like it would be a great tool for a developer to validate that a Web project works with specific versions of IE. Ryan Parman has created downloadable files with just the files needed to create multiple versions of IE. Just download the zip files. This site also has some very good information on the process. I created a directory called "ieold" and extracted the zip files into it. The zip files created an IE501SP2_NT and an IE555SP2_NT directory. Just run IEXPLORE.EXE in each directory and you get the respective versions. There are some caveats, so read the whole article.

It works great! I'm now able to test new code with older versions of IE on one PC. If you're brave, it looks like you can even run IE 3.0 and 4.01.

8 Comments

Gravatar Image1. Posted at 4/1/2004 9:38:17 PM by Tanny O'Haley

This is a test body to see what would happen with the comments that I'm testing. I want to see if the comments would look better with a little style applied to them.

Gravatar Image2. Posted at 4/1/2004 10:37:06 PM by Tanny O'Haley

This is yet another test.

Gravatar Image4. Posted at 4/15/2004 2:14:39 PM by Tanny O'Haley

<p>This is a <strong>test</strong>. The word <strong>test</strong> should be in strong text. The word <em>emphasize</em> should be emphasized.</p>

Gravatar Image5. Posted at 3/17/2005 2:55:41 PM by Tanny O'Haley

Here is the attempt at an url [{ Link } Does the url appear as a link?

Gravatar Image6. Posted at 3/17/2005 2:56:38 PM by Tanny O'Haley

Here it is { Link } Well, does it appear as a link?

Gravatar Image7. Posted at 3/17/2005 3:06:11 PM by Tanny O'Haley

Link {<a href="{ Link } target="_blank" title="Link: Eric's blog">Eric Mack Online</a>}

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