How to Download an Internet Browser

By Jason Artman

Having an Internet connection and the ability to browse the Web are essential for most computer users, and for this reason the Windows operating system includes a built-in Web browser--Internet Explorer. However, Internet Explorer is not the only Web browser competing for your attention. Third-party Web browsers such as Firefox, Opera and Chrome are available for free and promise features such as the ability to install hundreds of add-ons, faster page rendering speed or a more minimalistic interface. Download one of these browsers if you would like to see whether you prefer it over Internet Explorer.

Downloading Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Browse to the official Firefox website. (See Resources.) Click the "Windows" link under "Download Now--Free." When prompted for a download location, select the desktop.

Step 2

Double-click the file labeled "Firefox Setup 3.6.7" when the download is complete. Note that the file name may differ depending on the version downloaded.

Step 3

Click "Next" twice, and then click the "Install" button.

Step 4

Click the "Finish" button when the installation is complete. The Web browser opens automatically.

Step 5

Select the radio button labeled "Internet Explorer," and then click "Next" to import your favorite websites from Internet Explorer.

Downloading Opera

Step 1

Browse to the Opera official website. (See Resources.) Click the "Download Opera" button. When prompted to choose a download location, select the desktop.

Step 2

Double-click the file "Opera_1060_en_Setup" when the download is complete. Note that the file name may differ depending on the version downloaded. Click "Next" when the program opens.

Step 3

Examine the End User License Agreement (EULA) for Opera. If you agree to the license terms, click the "I Agree" button. Opera installs itself on the computer. The browser opens automatically when the installation is complete.

Downloading Google Chrome

Step 1

Browse to the Chrome official website. (See Resources.) Click the "Download Google Chrome" button.

Step 2

Examine the terms of service for Google Chrome, and then place a check in the box at the bottom of the window if you would like to send a report to Google if the browser later crashes when you are using it.

Step 3

Click the "Accept and Install" button. When prompted to choose a download location, select the desktop.

Step 4

Double-click the file "ChromeSetup" when the download is complete.

Step 5

Click the "Start Google Chrome" button to open the Web browser when the installation process is finished.