A colleague overheard me swearing at my PC yesterday as I attempted to debug my pages in an old version of Internet Explorer using a Windows 95 install on VMWare. I’ve never got the thing to work properly, so as well as being slow it’s in 16 colours at 640×480. It doesn’t make for a happy testing experience.
Anyway he pointed out that it’s possible to run several versions of Internet Explorer on one PC! I’m way behind the curve on this one, apparently the technique has been around for at least a couple of years. Anyway, in case you’re also ignorant of this technique, here’s the original article (with links for downloading older versions) and here’s another with some tweaks (like getting the version number into the title bar and handling conditional comments correctly). I had IE5.01 and IE5.5 up and running within minutes.
Now, back to debugging IE…:(