Use Microsofts official Internet Explorer Virtual PC testing images in VirtualBox on OSX

If you need to test Internet Explorer 6 on your Mac, but don’t want to resort to multibooting, you can download the free VirtualBox software, and grab one of Microsofts free VirtualPC testing images and get up and running.

  1. Download a VPC image of your choice.
  2. Rename the .exe file to .rar, then unpack using a RAR unpacker on the Mac
  3. Create a new Virtual Machine in Virtualbox. When you get the chance to select an existing disk, do that and point to the VPC image.
  4. Boot. The VPC image may require activation and/or a password (which resides inside the .txt file that came with the VPC image)

Yep. There’s the activation hassle. It’s Microsoft. What did you expect? It’s still easier than manually installing Windows XP.

Responses to “Use Microsofts official Internet Explorer Virtual PC testing images in VirtualBox on OSX”

  1. jaffry says:

    I never knew Microsoft had VirtualPC testing images for IE6 available.

    Great tip, dude.

  2. Will says:

    Didn’t know you could point VirtualBox at the vpc images… thanks

  3. tehfish says:

    Windows 7 – IE9 Image dont work. crashes always on startup

  4. jared says:

    Yes ironically, trying to set this up to troubleshoot a site broken in IE… The VM provided by them doesn’t even start up. Blue Screen of Death. #FuckWindows

  5. Roger says:

    Just change the VirtualBox configuration and set the hard disk as IDE and not SATA, and it will boot.

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