How Can I Run Legacy Versions of Internet Explorer on Windows 8?

By Jason Fitzpatrick on November 13th, 2012

You’re sporting the newest edition of Windows but you need an older edition of Internet Explorer? Read on to see how you can wrangle a vintage browser into a modern operating system.

Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-drive grouping of Q&A web sites.

The Question

SuperUser reader Jsalonen is in a bind, he writes:

I’m doing web development on a Windows 8 system. I’m running the latest IE, but I need to test the app with older versions of IE as well (especially IE7 and IE8).

Is it possible to run these legacy versions of IE on Windows 8?

What’s the best solution for a legacy setup like his?

The Answer

Several SuperUser contributors all pitched some great ideas for helping Jsalonen. HackToHell writes:

You use virtual machines to do this, it is the easiest way. You use Hyper V and the VHD images provided by microsoft (or use a third party tool like virtual box).

First off, setup Hyper V as per the instructions given by Kronos here.

You can then download the respective vhd images from Microsoft and create a virtual machine for each version of IE.

Running the vhd

Open the Hyper V manager and create a new virtual machine.

Enter the name, memory details etc, but then for the hard disk image, select use existing hard disk.

Click finish and you will have your VM that has the legacy versions of IE.

HowToGeek has a large tutorial of getting the individual VM’s running here.

Contributor Megaperlz suggests a stand-alone tool:

If you need a stand-alone testing tool you can try BrowseEmAll. It runs IE 7, 8, 9 and 10 alongside.

For more solutions hit up the full SuperUser comment thread here. Have a trick of your own to share? Sound off in the comments below.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/13/12
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