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Getting a free Windows virtual machine from Modern.IE

Microsoft's service Modern.IE offers to download pre-configured virtual machines running Windows. While their licenses expire after 90 days of use, by creating a snapshot before activation, they can easily be reset again. This is the easiest way to get your needed Windows environment up and running quickly.

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What is Modern.IE?

Modern.IE is a service provided by Microsoft. It is used by web developers in need of testing different versions of Internet Explorer:

  • All virtual machines (VM) from Modern.IE can be downloaded freely, but their licenses will expire after 90 days.
    • However, if you are creating a snapshot of your VM's state before activating Windows online, you'll be able to reset the expiration as often as needed. The latter is recommended in the official release notes (Modern.IE).
  • The VMs are meant to be used for testing purposes only.

We suggest you download the VM IE11 on Win7, but any modern Windows version should do.

Default user and password

VMs from Modern.IE have the following login credentials:

  • User: IEUser
  • Password: Passw0rd!

Note: VMs from Modern.IE are set up with US-English keyboard layout. Therefore, the exclamation mark is triggered using Shift + 1.

If you want to change the password, see Change your Windows password (Windows Support).

Be sure to change the VM's keyboard layout to your preferred one as described here: How to change your keyboard layout (Windows Support).