How can I get installer for older IE version?

For testing, I often need particular version and have found compatibility mode to not be good. Where is some nice directory of every version? Extra langauage versions are optional. Then how do you run them?


I like using modern.ie (by Microsoft) because they carry all IE browsers from IE6 to IE11 and it's free.

You basically choose which version of IE you want and it comes prepackaged with its own virtual machine so you don't have to install anything. Just run and test. The downside is the virtual machines are time limited and expire after a certain amount of time which means you have to re-download and install.

Another option is SauceLabs which allows you to run virtualized version of IE through a website (remotely). If you need multiple language versions you might try MSDN.

  • Usually there's a command you can run from the command prompt in the VM to reregister the VM and extend the time. I do it so that the VM doesn't always shut down on me. I don't know the command offhand, but it might be something like slmgr –rearm, run as an admin Jan 3 '15 at 23:44
  • @TankorSmash Good to know! Jan 4 '15 at 0:38
  • @TankorSmash Yup, that's the one, you need to run it from the Administrative command prompt. Jan 5 '15 at 13:39
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    From the notes on modern.ie, in the pdf: It is also highly recommended that you implement a rollback strategy for any virtual machines that you download. This could be as simple as holding onto the original archive that you downloaded, or you could take advantage of your virtualization platform’s snapshotting capability so that you can start over with a fresh VM at any time and not have to worry about the guest operating system running out of trial time. Jan 8 '15 at 8:07

You can also use http://www.browserstack.com/ where you can not only get older versions of IE but pretty much any browser you want.


Try OldApps. They host old versions of all major browsers.

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