Running IE 6 in Windows Vista

Update on July 12, 2007

There is a cool utility released by the IE Team called "User Agent String Utility" which is a small executable that opens an instance of IE 7 which is configured to report its identity as IE 6.  This helps with websites which do a comparison of the IE Version and tend to recognize IE 7 as an outdated / unidentified version and hence dont function / render well.

Once you install this utility, you can open up "User Agent String Utility" from Program Files and it would prompt you with the necessary instructions.  This opens an instance of the IE7 but reports its identity to the websites that seek the same as an older version.

This would be a great utility for one of those sites which are designed the hard way and depend on the IE version detected.

The tool can be downloaded for free from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9517db9c-3c0d-47fe-bd04-fad82a9aac9f&displaylang=en

For all those folks who have migrated to Windows Vista and / or Internet Explorer 7, I am sure you would have liked the various features Internet Explorer 7 provides in terms of ease of navigation, security and other nifty things.

However, if you would like to check your application on Internet Explorer 6 for the benefit of folks who wouldnt have migrated yet to IE 7, you can still do that by using the IE 6 VPC.

Internet Explorer 6 does not run on Windows Vista and the default browser for Windows Vista is IE 7.

Hence, to check for application compatibility in IE 6, you can download the IE 6 VPC Image from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=21EABB90-958F-4B64-B5F1-73D0A413C8EF&displaylang=en#filelist  Its available for download for free.

Its a pretty big download and you may want to start the download and leave it during lunch / end-of-day for getting downloaded.

If you havent used Virtual PC, you may want to download it as well, from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=04D26402-3199-48A3-AFA2-2DC0B40A73B6&displaylang=enfor free

Having said, I would recommend all users, including Windows XP SP2 users to upgrade to IE 7 for all obvious reasons, you can check from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/ie/features.mspx

You can download IE 7 for Windows XP SP2 from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9ae91ebe-3385-447c-8a30-081805b2f90b&DisplayLang=en for free.

Cheers and happy exploring (the internet  ) !!!

 

Print | posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 9:16 AM

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# re: Running IE 6 in Windows Vista

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problem is with IE 7 some website don't support it yet.. for example when I try to watch some streaming video sites it don't work unless I am on xp

Just so you all know
Left by steve on May 20, 2007 8:48 PM

# re: Running IE 6 in Windows Vista

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Nah... the worst part in my Vista experience so far is IE7. It really sux big time.

Cheers,
Guillermo
Left by Guillermo on Sep 11, 2007 7:18 AM

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Hey, Thanks for this resource

I been searching for a way to double check my css and javascript in IE6, but ever since I upgraded to Vista I have been unable to do so, I am downloading the huges file now, I will let you know that I think after the download, but thanks for taking the time to point to the files, I never would have found them.

David
Left by David Eaton on Dec 29, 2007 3:54 AM

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Hello! First thanks for the help. Just a question about "User Agent String Utility".

I tried to install it, it works.

But I couldn't emulate the IE 6's real render method. The output sounds ok (IE7). It should be displayed in a bad way. Is there any way to get the bad HTML result from IE6?
Left by Olavo on Jan 01, 2008 12:39 PM

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Hi,

There is a new free tool, called IETester, that allows users to have IE6 and IE5.5 under Vista now :

http://www.my-debugbar.com/wiki/IETester/HomePage

Hope this helps.

JFR
http://www.debugbar.com
Left by JFR on Mar 03, 2008 4:51 AM

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Thanks it did the job!
http://www.my-debugbar.com/wiki/IETester/HomePage
Left by max on Mar 31, 2008 11:11 PM

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Thanks for the link to the User Agent String Utility - it works perfect for an application that forces the use of IE6 - still!
Left by Stuck with Deltek on Aug 19, 2008 10:50 AM

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Go download a real web browser like firefox, safari, or opera..IE does not comply to web standards. Stop using outdated browsers already
Left by Eric on Dec 16, 2008 10:40 AM

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Eric, it's called debugging...
Left by Gustavs on Mar 25, 2009 12:11 AM

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güzel davetiye sözleri ve davetiye metinleri
Left by davetiye on Nov 02, 2009 12:51 AM

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