How to get IE9 on Windows XP

As of right now there's no way to run IE9 on a Windows XP machine. For me that's not a problem because I develop all of my websites on my Windows 7 machine. If I need to fall back to windows XP with IE6, IR7 or IE8 I have a laptop with all of them installed for testing. I don't need IE9 on that laptop.

I have been using IE9 off and on since it's been in Alpha and I have to say that I'm impressed with the Internet Explorer teams attention to Web Standards as well as their support for HTML5 and CSS3.

I am more impressed that the team has left XP users by the wayside this time in hopes of advancing the web in general. Thank you Microsoft! If  other browsers would do the same the web could move past an operating system that's over 10 years old, filled with security holes and lacking support.

Of course they have a more important goal here, to control the web. The company that has the largest browser share will control the flow of information. Microsoft is definitely interested in that, who wouldn't be?

If you are using Windows 7 and don't know which version of Internet Explorer you are using you should definitely check out IE9.

Good job IE9 team, you rule!

 

 

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  • John

    meh… as developers we all agree, but sometimes the machine clients have us on are windows XP. The last thing i want is to read some generic post by some guy who;s looking to get more traffic to his blog by using a misleading title.

    but im glad its not a problem for you

    • http://www.wilwaldon.com William Waldon

      Sorry about misleading you. I thought I made it clear in the first paragraph that it’s not possible to run it natively on xp. Actually, you can run it on XP if you are running a VM.

      • Jer Ratcliffe

        nice title, dbag

  • Lissetteganoza

    But if you ‘re a developer and doesn’t have a Windows 7 .. how can I testing for IE9?? I need a solution ASAP :(  

    • http://www.wilwaldon.com William Waldon

      Your best bet would be to use a VM and Windows 7. Or you can always buy a cheap netbook to test with. Right now there’s no way to run windows xp and ie9.

  • Dfsdsf

    what a stupid article

    • http://www.wilwaldon.com William Waldon

      Awesome comment ;)

  • Bloggin Tom

    Why should WinXP users upgrade to Win7, if they’re happy with their over 10 years old OS? What are the benefits of Win7 compared to WinXP? I don’t see any.
    I’m not sure, if Win7 hasn’t more security holes than WinXP. The most security holes in WinXP are fixed with SP3, but not in Win7.
    If MS stops supporting IE for WinXP, this could backfire, people who like their WinXP could change to other good (maybe better) browsers like Opera or FireFox.

    • HelloStella

      Thank you Tom! At least somebody knows how to think around here.

  • Kljsdf

    What a stupid article and misleading title. This blog and that man should be banned from using the internet.

  • Justmeotw

    I think the guy who posted that the lack of wisdom shown by MS and the IE9 sys req will and is resulting in a slow but noticeable migration to OSX or if not that to Chrome and FF … XP is too mature a sys to feel like Win7 offers any serious advantages. I know it’s off topic but customizing Win7 is a step backwards: no flyouts on the start button, it takes 20 click events to remove a foreign font from the system, and AERO …. don’t you just love that fact that you can’t get rid of the puke MS baby blue no matter what you do?. Couldn’t get Apache 2 to run without essentially turning off all user control …. had to edit the hosts file just to use localhost @ 127 …. what’s up with all that? Give me XP any day!

  • Marissa Landea

    Stupid guy -.- You are just teasing the XP users. You are just rubbing it in! I feel like punching you and boinking you on the head and you won’t be smiling. I mean seriously, you seriously think people will approve of you when you are just a random dumb, drunk guy? So shut up and enjoy drinking and smoking! 

  • RON-PIERRE

    IF MICROSOFT DOESN`T MAKE 1E9 AVAILABLE FOR XP USERS,THAN I HAVE NO FURTHER NEED FOR WINDOWS.WHAT A OUTRAGE! THEY HELP CREATE XP AND NOW THEY DENY ACCESS TO A UPDATE JUST SHOWS THEY ARE THE AVERAGE MONEY HUNGRY COMPANY THAT COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF XP USERS  RON-PIERRE