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Read the article that everyone's commenting on.
VMs won't work with XP unless you are either willing to buy a new copy of XP or restore a copy of the xp/VM every thirty days when your non-registered copy of XP expires. Your virtual machine is not going to look the same as your real machine so XP is going to insist that you activate it.
Dan Ullman: Wrong on all counts. Microsoft supply a free WinXP Virtual PC image (with either IE6 or IE7) specifically for the purpose of facilitating web development. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=21EABB90-958F-4B64-B5F1-73D0A413C8EF&displaylang=en
IE7 installs over IE6 but if you don't like 7 simply delete it and you're back to 6.
You may have missed this notice on the URL you posted for the "free WinXP Virtual PC image":
This VPC image will expire on December 7, 2007.
Real question : Is it IE7 worth the hassle?
Everyone I know who installed IE7 did not like it, or had problems with it and quickly uninstalled it.
IE7 has been available via Windows update from the get-go, about a year ago.
This no longer seems to be the case however.
See: IE7 is missing and a sad tale of tech support
> Simon, You may have missed this notice ...
> This VPC image will expire on December 7, 2007.
Well, yeah. The images are refreshed periodically; you download a new image with the latest updates to IE and the webdev tools every quarter. It's not like it's going away after December 7th and not coming back, which is what you seem to be implying.
If you want to still have IE6 or lower as well as IE7 then you might want to have a look at http://tredosoft.com/Multiple_IE , a simple installer of IE3 up to IE6 as standalone programs. It works up to WinXP but you're going to have to go the VirtualPC route for Vista. I've had it working perfectly on WinXP for at least a year now and use it installed on VirtualPC for my Vista machine. Hope it helps.
goto myspace with ie6 installed. It will tell you to use ie7 and to upgrade. Do the upgrade from their site. They will install ie7 which is provided by myspace with no validation required! hope that helps.
Sorry, something you said at the very beginning got my attention. I don't me to scrutinize your post (I did read it and think it very good), but how should the Windows Genuine Advantage Test affect whether or not you can have Internet Explorer 7 on your Windows Xp? Wouldn't the Xp pass the test?
To post a comment on "Can I get Internet Explorer 7 without using Windows Automatic Update? And should I?", please return
to that article's main page.
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