• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 17. Going Public: Creating Web P... > Tips from the Windows Pros: Running ...

Tips from the Windows Pros: Running Multiple Versions of Internet Explorer on One Computer

All Web page designers—and the companies they design for—should be testing Web sites on as many possible versions of Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer as possible. It's easy to facilitate this kind of testing with Navigator; you can easily install and use all the different versions of Navigator on one computer. However, you cannot do this with all the different versions of Internet Explorer. Explorer is designed to install over the previous version and update certain Registry information so that if you attempt to keep two versions of IE on one machine—even if you store different versions on different zip disks or other large-storage media—you can still use only the more recent version. This is an increasingly difficult and urgent problem to resolve as IE steadily edges out Navigator as the public's browser of choice. So what do you do? Do you buy four different PCs to house the last four versions of IE?

An alternative solution is easy to utilize if you're handy with hardware. You can add a disk tray (also sometimes called a disk cage) to your PC that will enable you to have several versions of Explorer on one computer. A disk tray enables you to use numerous and removable hard drives. The tray itself is an open slot on the front of your PC, and the tray cartridges each hold one hard drive. You then insert, remove, and interchange the tray cartridges just as you insert, remove, and interchange floppy or zip disks. There is no interference with the Registry, so you can put one version of Explorer on each cartridge safely and reliably. Best of all, the tray/cage and hard drive casings each cost much less than $100, so the hard drives themselves are the most expensive part of this solution.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint