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Compatibility testing for older versions of Internet Explorer can be a nuisance, and doubly so if you’re on a non-Windows platform. Handily, Microsoft provides free virtual machine (VM) images of Windows running specific IE versions that you can use in your hypervisor of choice, and the recent addition of IE 11 to the set seems a good reason to revisit that option.
You’re using Windows 7 or later and happy with Chrome, Firefox or one of several other browsers and while Internet Explorer doesn’t get in the way, just knowing it’s sitting on your hard drive, consuming space, is driving you up the wall. Don’t fret — here’s how you can quickly pluck it from your operating system.
Most browsers now support hardware acceleration, improving rendering performance and generally providing a snappier experience. Unfortunately for the more recent versions of Internet Explorer, this functionality is still being tweaked. If you’re experiencing flickering elements, black areas and other oddities, the solution could be as easy as disabling hardware acceleration.