The manager of our QA group got a bug assigned to her.
The bug states that “a user is having problems specific to Internet Explorer Version 8“. And, that we should see if we can reproduce.
Our corporate OS version is MS Windows 7.
And, the IE version is v11.
Running Internet Explorer v8
There are some options to run IE per version 8.
We will choose the option to set up a Virtual Environment and run the IE v8 Image.
There are a couple of Virtual Run time environment, we will go with the MS Windows Virtual PC Platform.
Window Virtual PC
What is needed?
Here is what is needed to run IE in Windows Virtual PC:
- Windows Virtual Machine runtime environment
- IE8 VPC Image
Window Virtual PC – Environment
To get Microsoft Windows Virtual PC we sojourn here.
Depending on our bitness we can choose the x86 or x64.
Our OS is 64 bit and so we chose that file.
Windows Update Standalone Installer
The updates are being installed ( Beginning )
The updates are being installed ( Proceeding)
Please restart the machine.
Internet Explorer – v8 – VPC Image
Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image
To get an Internet Explorer v8 VPC Image we go here.
Choose the download you want
To run IE8 on MS Windows 7, we need the following four files:
Build VPC Image
Please initiate Windows_7_IE8.part01.exe
WinRAR Self-extracting archive
The Self extraction results in two files:
- Win7_IE8.vhd ( Virtual Machine Hard Drive Image )
- Win7_IE8.vmc ( Virtual Machine Settings File )
Configure Virtual Environment
The Win7_IE8 environment runs in an Application Window.
Before accessing the Windows 7 Enterprise environment, let us perform some pre-configuration
Click on the menu item – Tools/Settings
Configuration – Networking – Pre Changes
Here is what the initial screen looks like
Configuration – Networking – Changes
We are OK with the default of one Network Adapter.
And, for Adapter 1, we choose our Network Adapter; which in our case is “Intel(R) 8258DM Gigabit Network Connection“.
Please press OK to submit your changes.
Configuration – Reboot
Please reboot Virtual PC to effect the Networking changes.
Configuration – Restart
Use Virtual Image
Here are the valid accounts and corresponding password
Activate Windows now
Please choose “Ask me later”
Activate Windows – It is important to use genuine Microsoft Software
Please click the “OK” button
Here is our new OS Screen
Click the IE button
Access About IE
Confirm our IE Version# by accessing the “About Internet Explorer” option
About Internet Explorer
To conserve your Host system resources, please shutdown your virtual environment when not in use.
With freely available software, Windows Virtual PC and the corresponding IE 8 VPC Image, we can create a Windows 7 / IE8 environment.