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I currently have Internet Explorer 11 installed, but I need Version 8 or 7 for some onlinework.

Do I have to uninstall Internet Explorer 11 prior to installing 8 or 7?

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Its much easier to manage Virtual Machines rather than changing the software installed on your machine. Check out – heavyd Jul 10 '14 at 16:06
@heavyd, Depends on how much RAM you have. – Pacerier May 7 '15 at 8:43

You can't install old versions of Internet Explorer on modern versions of Windows.

Microsoft publishes free virtual machine images which allow you to launch a virtual computer running whichever version of IE you want:

It's a bit of a pain, but the only way to truely test how a site works on <=IE7 as the emulation in modern versions of IE is not 100% reliable.

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If you say that it's not possible, then what about and – Pacerier May 7 '15 at 9:17

In my experience, Internet Explorer is difficult to uninstall but is relatively easy to roll back to previous versions. Depending on what version of (presumably) Windows you're running (I'm using Windows 7 Professional x64):

  • Search in Start for "Windows Update" and hit enter
  • Click on "View update history"
  • Click on "see Installed Updates" towards the top

From here you can roll back to an earlier version of Internet Explorer. Each time you remove an IE update, IE will revert to the next-earliest version (so for you starting with IE 11, you will first go back to IE 10, then 9, ect).

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What if the very first version is IE 11? E.g. on Windows 8.1 we don't have previous versions pre-installed. – Pacerier May 7 '15 at 8:59
The IE9 requirements don't list Win8.1, it might not be possible (…). However, you can use IE's built-in "Emulation" settings to select IE9 and older. – root May 18 '15 at 12:11
These "emulation" settings don't seem reliable compared to a real version of the software. – Pacerier May 24 '15 at 14:03

There's an article on which describes 5 of the more popular ways to test websites with different versions of internet explorer:

Basically, those methods are:

  • Using DEVELOPER TOOLS (press F12 in IE8,9,10,11)
  • Usign the scanner
  • Working with virtual machines (can take up much disk space and require additional licenses)
  • Hosted virtual machines (free trials on
  • Using Windows XP Mode (similar to running virtual machines)

There are also 3rd party browsers that you can download, that can emulate the rendering of all different IE versions. I can't say that those all work perfectly, IMO you're best of with the real deal (i.e. using one of the above methods).

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F12 should open up the Development Console. Under Emulation you should see "User agent string". From here you can select the IE version to run under.

Note: This did not work that great in IE10. I have not tested this in IE11. The problem was with how IE8 handled things like positioning in CSS and how the emulated IE8 handles them. There were minor differences at best, though.

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Assuming that the pages were designed to work with the rendering or the Javascript of previous versions of IE, then IETester is a good choice. From the site:

IETester is a free (both for personal and professional usage) WebBrowser that allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE10, IE9, IE8, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Windows 8 desktop, Windows 7, Vista and XP, as well as the installed IE in the same process.

It isn't recommended to downgrade IE versions, mostly because by downgrading you are losing the security improvements over the older versions.

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See this website on how to run multiple versions of IE

Utilu IE Collection contains multiple stand-alone versions of Internet Explorer, which can be used at the same time. It supports Windows 98 to Windows 8.1 – but currently supports only Internet Explorer 1.0 to Internet Explorer 8.0.

More information here

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Here is a Microsoft official site to download a Virtual Machine (VirtualBox, VMware, VirtualPC or Hyper-V) with the desired IE version por testing purposes:

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This appears to be a duplicate of Jakke's answer which was submitted in July 2014. – Ramhound Feb 20 '15 at 12:04

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