Multiple versions of IE on 1 PC

Ever wanted to test your website in various versions of Internet Explorer?It is possible to run Internet Explorer in standalone mode without having to over-write previous versions thanks to Joe Maddalone who came up with a way of achieving that in November 2003. Basically, Internet Explorer is run by exploiting a known workaround to DLL hell – which was introduced in Windows 2000 and later versions – called DLL redirection.

Yousif over at TredoSoft has written a nice multiple IE installer which includes the following versions; IE3, IE4.01, IE5, IE5.5 and IE6. Combine that with the latest release of IE7 (now also for people without genuine Windows versions), and you can see how your pages looks through the eyes of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer from the early Internet ages until today.

Very handy but also very frustrating when you consider how far away Microsoft still are when it comes to keeping up with web standards etc.

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