Want to test apps against IE6, IE7, IE8 on XP SP2, XP SP3, Vista ? - Microsoft has VMs for you

Reading Virtual PC Guys' blog, http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/default.aspx, and discovered that Microsoft has made available Virtual PC hard drive images (VHDs) for various version of IE and various operating systems, all enabled until January 2009.

They are available here,

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=21eabb90-958f-4b64-b5f1-73d0a413c8ef&DisplayLang=en

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# re: Want to test apps against IE6, IE7, IE8 on XP SP2, XP SP3, Vista ? - Microsoft has VMs for you

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What do we do after Jan 09 though?
Left by Lee Jones on Sep 10, 2008 3:10 PM

# re: Want to test apps against IE6, IE7, IE8 on XP SP2, XP SP3, Vista ? - Microsoft has VMs for you

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I believe they regularly update them with new expiry dates.

I realise that Microsoft will likely 'remove' no longer supported browsers which I guess is not ideal.

For those on MSDN or similar subscriptions, you can always create your own VHDs containing the various browser versions.

Sometimes, it's just nice to have pre-canned versions so you don't have to do the donkey work yourself.
Left by Liam Westley on Sep 10, 2008 3:16 PM

# re: Want to test apps against IE6, IE7, IE8 on XP SP2, XP SP3, Vista ? - Microsoft has VMs for you

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They been doing this for a few years now, they update them a month before they expire. You can also get a how bunch of pre-configured servers for testing http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/bb738372.aspx



Left by Toby Henderson on Sep 10, 2008 3:24 PM

# What tosh!

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I know it's very nice of them to give us the option to test in these other browsers, but they're taking the pish quite a lot here:

Download Size: 421.7 MB - 3298.8 MB?!

I dont have the time nor the patience to constantly switch images just to do the odd tweak - shame really :-(
Left by David King on Oct 20, 2008 5:46 AM

# re: Want to test apps against IE6, IE7, IE8 on XP SP2, XP SP3, Vista ? - Microsoft has VMs for you

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David,

I do appreciate, these are huge files, as they contain a full operating system in which the browser is running.

However, you only need to download the VHD images once every 12 months or so, you can keep them around in the meantime. If you enable 'undo' discs on Virtual PC 2007 when you finish testing you can delete all your changes and guarantee that you return to the clean image from Microsoft.

Alternatively check out my earlier blog about running multiple IE browsers on the same PC.

http://geekswithblogs.net/twickers/archive/2007/05/29/112840.aspx

Liam
Left by Liam Westley on Oct 20, 2008 8:29 AM

# re: Want to test apps against IE6, IE7, IE8 on XP SP2, XP SP3, Vista ? - Microsoft has VMs for you

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This would be a better alternative. I guess.
Left by prathik on Apr 11, 2009 10:06 AM

# re: Want to test apps against IE6, IE7, IE8 on XP SP2, XP SP3, Vista ? - Microsoft has VMs for you

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This would be a better alternative. I guess.

http://www.ditii.com/2009/03/18/test-webpages-with-ie6-ie7-ie8-using-microsoft-expression-web-superpreview/
Left by prathik on Apr 11, 2009 10:08 AM

# re: Want to test apps against IE6, IE7, IE8 on XP SP2, XP SP3, Vista ? - Microsoft has VMs for you

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I agree, Expression Web SuperPreview shows great promise, especially with side by side viewing of sites.

Only disappointment for me is that my main development machine is running Windows 7 Beta (x64) and in this o/s SuperPreview only provides access to IE8 and IE8 compatibility mode.

On my Vista SP1 machine (x86) SuperPreview is showing IE7 and IE6 available. I don't have IE8 installed (in order to allow testing in a true IE7 setup).

I can't wait for final version of SuperPreview to be out with full support for not just IE but other browsers such as FireFox and Safari which will be supported via cloud based rendering engines.
Left by Liam Westley on Apr 14, 2009 8:46 AM

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