How to Download Internet Explorer on Windows 7

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Internet Explorer is pre-installed on Windows 7. If another user has removed Internet Explorer in favor of another Web browser, you can download and reinstall the program from the Microsoft Internet Explorer homepage. You will need to reinstall any add-ons you previously had installed, and set up any previous bookmarks.

  • Launch the computer's Web browser.

  • Navigate to the Microsoft Internet Explorer homepage (see Resources).

  • Select your version of the Windows 7 operating system from the drop-down menu -- the 32-bit or 64-bit version. You can locate what version of Windows 7 you are using by clicking the "Start" icon on the Windows 7 taskbar. Right-click "Computer" on the right side of the Start menu and select "Properties." The version of the Windows 7 operating system you are using appears to the right of "System type" beneath System.

  • Click the "Download Now" button, then click "Run" to download and automatically install Internet Explorer.

  • Wait for the download and installation to complete. The Web browser will display a download progress bar during the download. Windows 7 displays a progress bar during installation.

  • Double-click the Internet Explorer icon on the Windows 7 desktop to open the program. Alternatively, you can open Internet Explorer by clicking the "Start" icon on the Windows 7 home screen, "All Programs" and then "Internet Explorer."

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  • In Step 4, click "Save" or "Save As" if you want to download the installation file but install the program later. Choose the location where you want to save the installation file in the dialog box that appears, which is usually the Downloads folder by default. Double-click the file in the download location when you want to install Internet Explorer.
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