A common issue web developers and designers have is the ability to check how a particular site renders in different versions of Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 7 was just released, many have already upgraded, but there are still people who use Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 5.5, 5.0, 4 and even 3! So it is important you test your site out on multiple versions of IE.

Justin, a RustyBrick'er, informed me and my staff that you can easily do this with a little program by Tredo Soft. The installer contains IE3 IE4.01 IE5 IE5.5 and IE6 to run concurrently with IE7. This installer does it all for you. The installer is at http://tredosoft.com/IE7_standalone with details instructions, step by step.

Install multiple versions IE your PC

Known bugs you should be aware of include:

  • Sometimes IE5, IE5.5 and IE6 crash unexpectedly.
  • The address bar in Internet Explorer 4.01 does not work. This is due to a missing file "browseui.dll". If you have that file with version number "4.72.3612.1706" let me know. As a workaround, press CONTROL+O and enter the address you want to visit there.
  • Microsoft supplemental EULA says : IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A VALID EULA FOR ANY "OS PRODUCT", YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO INSTALL, COPY, OR OTHERWISE USE THE OS COMPONENTS AND YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS UNDER THIS SUPPLEMENTAL EULA.
  • IE 6 will consistently crash if you drag a URL from the toolbar
  • Clicking on any bookmark (new, or previously existing), will launch the Print dialogue
  • (Minor) You get the java error" 'is_browser_supoorted' is undefined on many sites, including gmail.
  • Sites claim cookies are disabled (particularly gmail), even though I choose "override automatic cookie handling' and accept all cookies [from Internet Options > Privacy > Advanced]