Internet Explorer 9 Installation along with Internet Explorer 8

Microsoft released the test drive version of Internet Explorer 9. This article discusses my download and installation experience and the problems I encountered during side by side installation with IE 8.

I downloaded the Internet Explorer Test Drive version from the Microsoft IE test drive website today. Usually, I am very hesitating to download and install any pre release versions of software on my work load, but today I decided to try my luck.

The download was very quick. The download was very quick through Google Chrome (yes, I said Google Chrome!) and the file size was only 16 MB. The downloaded file name was "iepreview.msi". (I wish they had named it something like ie9preview.msi or ie9.0.0.3422 or something like that.)

Well, my first disappointment was, as soon as I launched the installer, it prompted me with a message asking me to reboot! I saved my work and restart the computer hoping everything will be alright and installation will continue without any problems.

It took few minutes to complete the restart process since the installer had to urn some updates for Windows. (My laptop runs Windows 7)

Internet Explorer 9 installation

After the restart, I expected the installation to continue automatically, but nothing happened. I located the Internet Explorer 9 preview setup file and started it manually. But this time, to my surprise I got the windows asking me to either Remove or Repair the installation.

This made me think that the installation was actually completed. So, I searched my programs and found an entry called "Internet Explorer Platform Preview". I launched the application expecting a functional, familiar browser window.

What I got was a regular windows application window (or, strange looking browser). There was no address bar to type the url to visit. It opened a web page by default which was

IE 9 screens

There were 4 menu entries in the top:

* Page
* Debug
* Report Issue
* Help

I clicked on the first one looking for an option to type the url. The "Open" sub menu under "Page" menu opened a small dialog to type the url to browser. I type "". It opened the web page in almost full screen view, with no space taken for any toolbars. Cool, it look like Google Chrome!

IE9 Open url dialog

While I understand that this is not a released version of Internet Explorer, I expected a bit more from this. After a bit more analysis, I realized this is not a Internet Explorer 9 release, but it is just a different product called "Internet Explorer Platform Preview". One of the menu options is to view the page in different modes to match with different versions of Internet Explorer, starting from IE5 to IE9.

I am looking forward to see the beta release of Internet Explorer 9. even though this platform preview does not tell me anything about the upcoming features in IE 9, I am eagerly waiting to see it on first hand. I am sure Microsoft will not disappoint us this time. I just hate to say that I am a Chrome lover. So, Microsoft, come up with something great soon.

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Author: Tech Guy26 Jun 2010 Member Level: Silver   Points : 2


Thank you for sharing this information. IE9 and Firefox 4 have similar feature with the menu options disappearing slowly from the browser.

The disadvantage is user cannot install IE9 on their XP machine as Microsoft would like all its user to upgrade to Vista or Windows 7 to get this new browser.

Author: shivani sathi02 Jul 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Hi Tony,

Initially when I read your article, I too thought of installing it. But to my great disappointment, came to know that IE 9 is not supported on Windows XP.

Is it a way of making people choose to install Windows Vista or later versions like windows 7. Hope the designers and the owners of IE9 rethink about this and make IE9 Windows XP compatible. Then users like me who are very much attached to Windows XP and are not interested in migrating to the latest OS versions would also have an opportunity of trying out IE9.

Last but not the least to mention, a very informative article on the real time scenario faced.


Author: Balasubramanian S30 Jul 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1


This is a valuable information. I hope the information will allow all the users to give a try for the internet explorer 9. But actually i'm not interested in internet explorer at all.

Author: Krishna Verma31 Jul 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

Hi Tony Sir,
A nery nice article.It will motivate all of us.It is nice to see that even after being so much busy you have taken out some time to post a resource here.

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