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I use Spoon Browser sandboxes for versions of IE on my computer. It's a great service but recently Microsoft asked them to remove their IE versions from the site.

Does anyone know if there is a similar place I can stream versions of IE? I installed the IE9 beta on my machine and it messed the entire installation of any IE browser up, happy as I am with not being able to use IE, I still need it to debug my websites.

Thanks :)

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If you need a fully functional browser your best option is to use Virtual Machines (I use VirtualBox). Microsoft itself offers VPC Images of their browsers at

Or you could download stand-alone versions of IE from

Also check out the IE Tester tool:

If you just want to see a screenshot (to quickly check layout issues etc.) you could use or

Just the other day just came out and, although time-limited, seems to do what you want ('test real browsers, in a browser'). I have not used it myself though YMMV.

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Hi, thanks for the links! I know about browsershots and tons of other screenshot service but they're just not good enough. As I mentioned before, I cannot use an MS VPC even thoughI used to! I'll check out the stand alone versions, I already have IE-tester but it's really buggy. Thanks :) +1 – Kyle Nov 24 '10 at 20:39
Kyle, the finalbuilds stand-alone versions should offer what you need then, various IE installations side-by-side. Browserling is basically a time-crippled service just like spoon's except that I found the small windows and lack of toolbars/dev-tools a bit of a hassle. – davidhund Nov 25 '10 at 9:09

Apparently, the IE images are back online. :)

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As an alternative, I recommend virtual machines. You can download free virtual machines from Microsoft with all IE versions:

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This only applies to users with "Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate to run Windows XP Mode." I did use this before they changed the rules, so now I need to sandbox browsers. – Kyle Nov 15 '10 at 13:31

With the VPCs Frank mentioned, I think you can also use their virtual pc 2007.

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