I've tried googling, but a lot of the services I'm finding just don't work. Alternatively, services like Browser Shots are great, but not super realistic for me. I need to have it locally so I can quickly troubleshoot problems. Your tools?

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danwellman 5600

The short answer is, you can't.

You can only have 1 version of IE installed on a single machine so if you have > win XP you effectively cannot have stand-alone IE6.

The only way to get stand-alone IE6 is to use a virtual machine with a copy of Win XP installed. So that means a licensed copy of Windows XP, after having purchased Vista/Win 7.

Or you could use IEtester, which works on Win 7 and is ok. Or use IECollection, which doesn;t work on Win 7 but is amazing on Vista. However, these emulators are not 100% identical to stand-alone IE6

Answered over 6 years ago by danwellman
  • I think a VM is a little too extreme. But IETester looks pretty great at first glance. Any quirks on IETester that I should look out for? Edward Godbois over 6 years ago
  • It's very difficult to use DebugBar to troubleshoot, as it is not like Firebug (or even IEDevToolbar) where you can change CSS values on the fly. As for exactly where it differs from true stand-alone IE6, I don't know, but apparently, it's JavaScript support is less accurate than its CSS support... danwellman over 6 years ago
  • Actually, Win7 includes a licensed copy of XP/IE6 as part of XP Mode. It's still a VM, but it resolves the licensing question. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx cantabilesoftware over 6 years ago
quamis 0


Answered over 6 years ago by quamis