Step-by-step guide: Running IE on a virtual machine

Virtual machines are a great way to maximize your hardware investments, but they can also help you secure your client OS. According to contributor Brien M. Posey, you can run Internet Explorer on a virtual machine to prevent any viruses or spyware from corrupting your OS. This guide explains how to set up a VM and run IE on it.

Over the last several years, it has been open season against Internet Explorer (IE). The Web is littered with malicious Web pages. These pages can install browser hijackers, keystroke loggers, viruses, adware, or just about anything else that you can think of on IE.

One possible solution to the problem is to run Internet Explorer inside of a virtual machine. Running IE within a virtual machine won't stop Internet Explorer from becoming infected, but it will isolate an infection so that it cannot impact your workstation.

Another advantage to using a virtual machine is that you can make a copy of the virtual operating system before you ever go onto the Internet for the first time. That way, if Internet Explorer were to become infected, you don't have to spend hours trying to get rid of the infection. You can just restore the machine to a pristine state.

Running IE on a virtual machine

- Home: Introduction
- Step 1: VMware versus Microsoft Virtual PC
- Step 2: Deploying Microsoft Virtual PC
- Step 3: Setting up Internet Explorer

Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Windows 2000 Server and IIS. He has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once in charge of IT security for Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer, he has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies. You can visit his personal Web site at

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