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Internet Explorer 6 with Windows 7 and XP mode

Internet Explorer 6 and 8 on Windows 7Nowadays XP mode is getting very popular because it is really useful feature of Windows 7, especially in enterprise business environment. Simply said with XP mode you can run fully licensed version of Windows XP along with Windows 7. Of course this Windows XP is virtualized and it has different features and possibilities than standard virtual XP with earlier versions of Virtual PC. Now with Windows Virtual PC beta, you have a great feature with seamlessly integrated applications installed in virtual Windows XP. So, with Windows Virtual PC beta (XP mode), shortcuts of application installed in virtual Windows XP, appear in your host Windows 7, as if  applications were installed  locally.  Of course you can see whole virtual Windows XP with start menu and desktop or you can only see applications.  All that said, it is clear that XP mode is similar to Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), but MED-V of course has more features like centralized management, various policies etc…

OK, so how can you publish application shortcuts of applications installed in virtual Windows XP, to your Windows 7 host. Well it is really very simple. All you have to do is install application as you normally would, in your Windows XP. For example, download one simple application, save it to Windows 7 desktop and then copy it to Windows XP desktop. Shared folders now work great with Windows Virtual PC beta, so you can navigate to any Windows 7 folder and copy application to Windows XP workspace. After that, just install application normally and you are done – application shortcuts are published by default to Windows 7 start menu in folder Windows Virtual PC >Virtual Windows Xp applications. So the procedure for newly installed applications is really simple, but what with Internet Explorer 6 that is already part of Windows Xp?

All you have to do in this case, is even easier.  Just create shortcut for Internet Explorer, in virtual Windows XP in following folder:  C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu. Same procedure works for XP command prompt, Outlook Express, My Documents etc… So after that, Internet Explorer 6 shortcut is published in Windows 7 start menu, and Internet Explorer is seamlessly integrated in Windows 7 as you can see in following picture.Windows 7 with IE6

Download Windows Virtual PC beta, and virtual image of Windows XP for free here and try it for yourself, it is rather simple.

  1. October 16, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Is there a way to get ie6 to look like this http://home.comcast.net/~nekohibiki/browser_01.png on 7 now?

    Please, please let me know about it alright now oh please let me know then?

    I need to know before I buy it someday then so I won’t be stuck.

  2. Domagoj Pernar
    October 16, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Hello. Thnx for the question.

    Well, it is possible to IE6 look like your picture, and procedore of customizing that is rather simple. Anyway you need to:

    – open XP mode (so whole Windows XP windows, not just seamlessly integreted app)

    – then in XP change theme by clicking right mouse button on desktop -> properties and then in themes tab select Windws Classic.

    – after that try to open your published Internet Explorer 6 and that’s it.

    Hope that’s what you were looking for.


  3. December 5, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Man oh man you really opened up my eyes! The Internet has so much information, I get so caught up in so many different directions, it so hard to figure it all out. Thanks again for the post!

  4. January 9, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Oh! Thank for nice post about Internet Explorer 6 with Windows 7 and XP mode. If you want share more about this topic, you can read it at http://forum.techwoo.com/#6302_internet_explorer__with_windows__and_xp_mode

  5. March 9, 2010 at 3:06 am
  6. Jorge
    June 27, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Thanks, this saved my life. Sort of.

  7. VirtGuy
    August 5, 2010 at 4:06 am

    CSS has a solution for running IE7 and IE8 on XP as well as running IE6 on Windows 7 all using Microsoft App-V Technology and NOT Med-V. However this solution is not supported by Microsoft and only is supported by CSS

    You can contact them at 877-715-5448


  8. steve
    December 24, 2010 at 11:39 am

    hello my name is steve im having an issue with installing internet explorer 6 for windows 7 everytime i try to download it i run into a problem it says something about not runing on a 64-bit platform so i read up above to switch to classic mode so i did and it still wont work do you have any suggestions or can you post a link so i can upload it send me an email if possible with a title INTERNET EXPLORER 6 thanks i need it really bad for work merry christmas stevecaliboy@yahoo.com

    • Domagoj Pernar
      December 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm

      Hy.. How do you mean – installing IE6 for Windows 7. There is no way to install IE6 on windows 7. What I’m describing in this post is using virtual XP that is running “on top” of Windows 7 and then you just publish shortcuts from XP virtual machine to your Windows 7 desktop. What are you exactly trying to do?

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