How to test IE9 if you run Windows XP
Posted by Jonas Elfström Mon, 21 Mar 2011 21:20:00 GMT
A couple of weeks ago Microsoft finally released Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Images for IE9.
Because of this, the below procedure is not necessary anymore.
There's one quite strange thing with these images. The Win7+IE8 image is about 2.6GB but the Win7+IE9 is 4.3GB! There's some extra tools in the IE9 one but they certainly do not add up to the 1.7GB size difference. I've had reports of people successfully downloading the Win7+IE8 and then upgrading to IE9. That could be an option if you want to save some download time and disk space.
I'm currently at a company still running Windows XP. Last week Internet Explorer 9 was released and it requires at least Windows Vista. That requirement was a problem because we absolutely had to test our web applications in IE9. Microsoft had released Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Images for earlier versions of IE but not for IE9. At least they still offer a VPC running Vista and that was the path we took to solve our testing problems. If you know of an easier way then please tell!
- Download and install Virtual PC.
Edit 2011-09-25 It seems Microsoft has changed the download page. You can get Virtual PC 2007 for older versions of Windows here.
- Download and run/unpack the IE8-VIS VHD.
- Create a new virtual machine and select the VHD as the harddisk.
- In the virtual machine then download and install Vista SP2.
- Finally, obviously still in the VPC, download IE9.