How do you install MSIE7 in Windows 7?

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I have a Windows 7 machine on which I need to do testing on Internet Explorer 7 for a website I am working on.

I cannot use VirtualPC or any virtualized Windows XP. What are my alternatives?

How to solve :

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Method 1

DebugBar IE Tester lets you run multiple IE renderers for testing. It comes with IE 8, 7, 6 & 5.5, and works with Windows 7.

Another option is Multiple IE, but this doesn’t work with Vista or Windows 7.

Method 2

If you can’t virtualize you’re out of luck.

You can go to the tools menu – select Compatibility View Settings and add the site you’re testing, that should knock IE8 back to IE7 mode.

Method 3

I don’t think there are any. I tried to do this using a packaged install of IE7 (it comes with a couple of browsers) and runs well on XP. This actually corrupted my Windows 7 installation and I had to restore the system to it’s previous image using System Restore.

It seems that the core file iexplore.exe was replaced when I tried this and it just crashed all my folder shortcuts once I had installed IE7. Not recommended.

I’ll be happy to hear if there’s still another solution out there to achieve this. Regards!

Method 4

I’d just upvote pelms, but I don’t think Multiple IE will work in 7.

Aside from virtualization, I think IE Tester is your only option. There are some websites that say they will do some screenshots, but I’ve never used them. Have you looked over at I suspect this question would be better answered over there.

Method 5

IE8 compatibility view

When a web site says that it supports
modern web standards, Internet
Explorer 8 respects that and displays
the site using its most standards
compliant mechanism. In the majority
of cases, this works out just fine.
However, every once in a while, a page
that says “display me using modern
standards” really means “display me
like Internet Explorer 7 used to
display modern standards pages”. This
is where Compatibility View comes in.

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Method 6

There is no supported method (that I can find) for natively IE7 on Windows 7

Here’s what the “Get Internet Explorer 7” page looks like:

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And the System Requirements says:

Windows Vista – Internet Explorer 7 is included as a feature within Windows Vista


Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, or Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

I think this is worth mentioning because some companies have a policy of wanting to support a browser+platform parings.

Practially speaking, developers and technical staff will need to shoehorn this combination for testing. IE7 is part of Vista, so people will need to use IE7 if for no other reason than to support the legacy Vista customer base they might have.

Method 7

IE10 has “Browser mode” that you can select to simulate IE7, IE8 and IE9 in Developer tools. Hit F12 for the shortcut. It is next to the Validate tab.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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