IE Application Compatibility Virtual PC Image – Test websites with different Internet Explorer versions

In order to help web designers and web developers test their websites in older versions of Internet Explorer, Microsoft has provided VHDs with Windows set up with specified versions of Internet Explorer.

The images are patched with the latest security updates and are otherwise clean installs of the operating system with very few modifications.

Different VPC images are available for download, depending on what you want to test. These images are specifically designed to run on Microsoft Virtual PC, and may or may not work in other hosting environments.

The Vitual PC image available includes;
Windows XP image: contains Windows XP SP3 with IE6 VHD file and was fully patched on April 14, 2011. This image also contains the install files for IE7 and IE8.

Windows Vista image: contains Windows Vista SP2 with IE7 VHD file and was patched through March 2011. The install files for IE8 and IE9 are also available for install on the image.

Windows 7 IE8 Image: contains Windows 7 SP1 with IE8 VHD file and was patched through March 2011. The install files for IE9 are also available for install on the image.

Windows 7 IE9 + Tools Image: contains Windows 7 SP1 with IE9 VHD file and was patched through March 2011. This image also has the ACT Toolkit 5.6, IECTT, and Expression Super Preview software installed.

You may be required to activate the OS as the product key has been deactivated. This is the expected behavior. The VHDs will not pass genuine validation. Immediately after you start the Windows 7 or Windows Vista images they will request to be activated. You can cancel the request and it will login to the desktop.

Internet Explorer Application Compatibility Virtual PC Image

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