Do you want to use Microsoft Edge but you don’t have Windows 10? Check this tutorial about how to run Microsoft Edge in Windows 7 and 8.
Internet Explorer had its boom time, where most users who connected to the Internet did so through that browser. However, this browser did not adapt to the new times and, in a brief time, most of its market share was stolen by Chrome and Firefox.
Although Microsoft has tried to modernize its browser to recover part of its market share, in reality, there is not much to do and is that not even in the current version 11 this browser reaches the current two leaders in performance or security. Therefore, Microsoft has decided to make a clean slate, end Internet Explorer and give birth to its new browser, Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft Edge is the new web browser developed by Microsoft with which the company intends to succeed the already outdated Internet Explorer. This web browser is gradually gaining the trust of users very loyal to Google and its Chrome browser, due to its many functions and features and its excellent operation and reduced consumption of resources. However, only Windows 10 users can use this browser, at least natively and, while Windows 7 still occupies the largest market share, there are still many users who have not been able to have the first contact with this browser.
Therefore, if you still use Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, then I will you can run Microsoft Edge in these OS without needing Windows 10.
Run Edge in Windows 7 and 8 using Virtual Machine
One of the ways to try this new browser on your computer is to do it using a virtual machine. A virtual machine is a delimited environment where you are allowed to install another operating system without altering your primary system.
In this way, if we do not want to update your operating system, you will be able to have the first contact with another operating system with the assurance that nothing we do within the virtual system will affect your physical system.
Therefore, if you want to try Microsoft Edge and don’t want to update your computer to Windows 10 for any reason, one way to do this is to install a Windows 10 virtual machine and test the browser from it.
Two of the best-known apps for virtualizing Windows are VirtualBox and VMware.
Besides, if you want to save work, Microsoft allows you to download virtual machines already configured and ready to work, so, by directly downloading them and loading them in your favourite app, you will be able to test the operating system and all its applications, such as Edge.
To download the preconfigured virtual machine with Edge follow these steps:
- Go to the following link
- There select the option MSEdge on Win10 under Virtual Machine
- Select your prefered platform like VirtualBox or VMWare
- Finally, you only to create a new virtual machine with the file that you have downloaded.
Run Microsoft Edge from BrowserStack
If virtualization is too complicated for you, there is also another way to run Microsoft Edge from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1: BrowserStack. This is a platform, also recommended by Microsoft, that allows you to try out free programs and platforms directly from your website thanks to remote virtualization so you can have the first contact with this browser.
For this, you will access this link, register on the platform, and you can start using this browser directly from our Windows 7 or 8 browser, without altering your base operating system at all.
Wrapping Up: Run Edge in Windows 7 or 8
You must bear in mind that the performance and experience are not going to be the same either in the virtual machine or in this web platform since it is most likely that the browser will be slow (especially in BrowserStack) and you may have some other problem.
However, despite this, it will help you to get an idea of how Microsoft Edge is, how it works and, who knows, become an incentive for you to upgrade to Windows 10. Have you been able to run Microsoft Edge in Windows 7 or 8? Let me know in the comments section.