Way back in Feburary 2008 we published what has become a popular post here at Social CMS Buzz titled “Run Multiple Versions OF IE (Internet Explorer On Windows XP)“, It showed web developers a way in which to install multiple versions of Internet Explorer v5.5, v6, v7 to check compatibility of their HTML / CSS across all IE versions. Since then however times have moved on as they always do and most people are now using Vista in place of Windows XP, this OS change meant that the original software and tutorial we wrote did not work for Vista only XP. After receiving some requests for a new solution to test your HTML / CSS over all Internet Explorer versions within Vista we thought now might be a good time to show you a solution for Vista that also works for XP too.
If you are new to web development you may be thinking why do i need this tool? surely all versions of IE will display my site the same so why check? Internet Explorer is the headache of most developers life’s as far as web standards go, this in turn means that each version of IE can display your content slightly differently depending on how your HTML / CSS is written. Most of the time you will need to apply some CSS hacks to a theme you are building to accommodate IE’s little idiosyncrasy’s on various versions.
When building any template / theme or simply modifying your existing site you should always try to check your design over as many other browsers as you possibly can like Opera, Chrome, Firefox, IE6, IE7, IE8 etc are a good place to start.
The solution we are going to cover for installing multiple versions of Internet Explorer under Vista is incredibly simple and uses a great piece of free software titled IETester. IETester allows you to have multiple versions of IE ranging from v5.5, v6, v7, v8, all running at the same time. This is basically all versions you need to correctly check your HTML / CSS code in real time as you code helping you to solve any problems as you go ultimately saving you time and headaches with edits breaking the design structure within a particular browser.
IETester – How it Works