IE7: Using IE6 and IE7 together

When you download IE7 it is going to replace IE6, so you won’t be able to have both of them together at the same time. Here’s a little workaround for that.

If you already have IE 7 version running, then all you do is download the standalone IE 6, this is going to enable you to run both IE 6 and IE 7. You can also download a IE installer from TreadoSoft, that will allow you to run IE 3, 4, 5, and 6 on your computer alongside IE 7. One thing you might want to keep in mind is that these are standalone browsers, and are susceptible to crashes because of their instability as they were not installed in the operating system.

Now, Microsoft has come up with another rather interesting solution using a Virtual PC image. You can download the Windows XP IE6 Virtual PC image, and then use it through Virtual PC. Beware through, because these images do expire, and you’ll most likely have to download a new version of it every couple of months or so. The image linked in this article will expire on April 1st 2008.

But the cool thing is that you get a install free XP image that you can use for testing out software and what not, so that you don’t screw up your existing Windows install. It saves you the hassle of installing XP from scratch to see how websites work in an outdated version of Internet Explorer that people still use.

You can also use this workaround for IE 7 Standalone by Jon Galloway if you wish, but I find it to be a bit cumbersome.

This will now run IE 7 on it’s own, without installing anything.

If you are having problems or aren’t sure what you should do, feel free to use the comments section.

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13 Responses to “IE7: Using IE6 and IE7 together”

  1. December 15, 2008 at 2:37 pm, Psycnic said:

    Thanks soooo much! I’ve been looking for an easy way to test in both ie6 & 7. This has been the only workable solution yet(using the standalone ie6).

    Thanks again.


  2. December 23, 2008 at 2:06 am, Neil Duan said:

    I have to test web pages on both IE 6 and 7 in my work because most people use IE in Taiwan. Your solutions are great! Thank you so much.


  3. January 31, 2009 at 11:27 am, L Drew said:

    I am trying to get my home page toolbar back. I used to be able to add an extra home page but now can’t. Perhaps my settings have been changed without my knowledge.
    How can this be sorted out, please?
    Any help is appreciated.


  4. February 15, 2009 at 12:27 pm, gurpreet singh said:

    My big problem is now solved

    I thankfull to you


  5. March 04, 2009 at 5:06 am, Apul Gupta said:

    I downloaded IE6 standalone and it is really fine.

    Thanks a lot.

    Apul Gupta
    PHP Developer


  6. March 19, 2009 at 8:37 pm, David said:

    I’m using the IE6 standalone download and it works great except it’s not using cookies, which makes it hard to test some things. Any idea why that would be or what I could do to fix it?


  7. June 09, 2009 at 6:23 pm, Chien Po said:

    Yeah, the standalone version of IE6 doesn’t appear to support cookies. This breaks testing of a lot of web applications. Solution: just go the VM route.


  8. August 05, 2009 at 12:13 am, Anonymous said:

    I already have I.E. 8 installed on my desktop. Can I also download I.E. 7, as I think it is a better version of Internet explorer. I am having many problems with I.E. 8. Please advise me on this problem.


  9. November 09, 2009 at 3:52 pm, ninjacrunch said:

    This is a big help for web designers for cross-browser check.




  10. March 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm, Anonymous said:

    This is how I solved this problem.
    There is one elegant way to run IE6, IE7 and IE8 on the same machine, called virtual PC.

    First download virtual PC from Microsoft website here:

    Then download 3 EXE files with IE6, IE7 and IE8 here:

    Install them on your PC and test your web applications. Saved me days of looking for similar solutions.


  11. August 21, 2010 at 11:18 pm, cut157 said:

    CSS has finaly released Virtual IE6 for Windows 7 using App-V

    you can see demo here:


  12. August 30, 2010 at 9:14 am, Ravikumar V. said:

    author please change the captcha . its annoying


  13. March 23, 2012 at 10:26 am, paul said:



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