Wednesday, December 14, 2011

IE 6/7/8 XP/Vista/Win7 VHD's Refreshed

Microsoft Downloads - Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image

Windows Virtual PC VHDs for testing websites with different Internet Explorer versions [Last Updated: 12/14/11]

Version: 4.3
Date Published: 12/14/2011

Language: English

In order to help web designers and web developers test their websites in older versions of Internet Explorer, we've provided the following VHD with Windows set up with the specified version of Internet Explorer. The images are patched with the latest security updates and are otherwise clean installs of the operating system with very few modifications.
This download page contains different VPC images, depending on what you want to test. These images are specifically designed to run on Microsoft Virtual PC, and may or may not work in other hosting environments.

Due to the size of the Windows 7 and Windows Vista VHDs, it is split across several files, you'll need to download all files for that version of the Internet Explorer and uncompress them to the same directory to unpack the VHD file.

The password to login to all of these images is Password1 and the username will be present when you first login.

*Note: You may be required to activate the OS as the product key has been deactivated. This is the expected behavior. The VHDs will not pass genuine validation. Immediately after you start the Windows 7 or Windows Vista images they will request to be activated. You can cancel the request and it will login to the desktop. You can activate up to two “rearms” (type slmgr –rearm at the command prompt) which will extend the trial for another 30 days each time OR simply shutdown the VPC image and discard the changes you’ve made from undo disks to reset the image back to its initial state. By doing either of these methods, you can technically have a base image which never expires although you will never be able to permanently save any changes on these images for longer than 90 days.

Windows XP Image

  • Filename: Windows_XP_IE6.exe
  • Contains: Windows XP SP3 with IE6 VHD file and was fully patched to December 2011. This image also contains the install files for IE7 and IE8. If you want to have separate base XP images for IE7 and IE8, you can copy the VHD, rename it, and install the other desired version of IE.
  • Expires: This image will shutdown and become completely unusable on April 4, 2012.
Windows Vista Image
  • Contains: Windows Vista SP2 with IE7 VHD file and was patched through March 2011. The install files for IE8 and IE9 are also available for install on the image.
  • Filenames: Windows_Vista_IE7.part01.exe, Windows_Vista_IE7.part02.rar, Windows_Vista_IE7.part03.rar, Windows_Vista_IE7.part04.rar, Windows_Vista_IE7.part05.rar, Windows_Vista_IE7.part06.rar, Windows_Vista_IE7.part07.rar
  • Expires: See *Note above
Windows 7 IE8 Image
  • Contains: Windows 7 SP1 with IE8 VHD file and was patched through March 2011. The install files for IE9 are also available for install on the image.
  • Filenames: Windows_7_IE8.part01.exe, Windows_7_IE8.part02.rar, Windows_7_IE8.part03.rar, Windows_7_IE8.part04.rar
  • Expires: See *Note above
Windows 7 IE9 + Tools Image
  • Contains: Windows 7 SP1 with IE9 VHD file and was patched through March 2011. This image also has the ACT Toolkit 5.6, IECTT, and Expression Super Preview software installed.
  • Filenames: Windows_7_IE9.part01.exe, Windows_7_IE9.part02.rar, Windows_7_IE9.part03.rar, Windows_7_IE9.part04.rar, Windows_7_IE9.part05.rar, Windows_7_IE9.part06.rar, Windows_7_IE9.part07.rar
  • Expires: See *Note above

Here's the direct download URL's;

This is one of those things where if you need it, you really need it and these VHD's can save you hours of admin/setup/etc. I also think it's interesting that the Win7/IE9 version includes Expression Preview... That's a nice touch (but also one that's been there for a bit, since the last refresh at least)


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1 comment:

Wade Dorrell said...

Here's a direct link to Microsoft's download center so you don't have to pack the URLs around: