How to Install a Different Internet Browser

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The default Internet browser for Microsoft Windows systems is Internet Explorer. There are other browsers available that render web pages differently, offer faster launch speeds or expanded features. A few of your options when installing a new browser are Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Google Chrome. In order to use a different Internet browser, you need to install it and set the new browser as your default browser.


Step 1

Open your current Internet browser and type the web address for the website of the new Internet browser you would like to install. For example, if you wanted to download Mozilla Firefox, you would type "" and press "Enter."

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Step 2

Locate the download link on the new browser's website. Most websites offering a different Internet browsers for download display a prominent "Download" link on the homepage of the website.


Step 3

Download the installation file for the new Internet browser you would like to install. Save the file to your hard drive. Close your Internet browser after the download is complete.

Step 4

Locate the downloaded installation file on your hard drive. In Microsoft Windows, files are saved to the "Download" folder by default. Double-click the installation file.


Step 5

Allow the installation file to install the new Internet browser on your computer. Click "Finish" when the installation is complete.


Step 6

Open the start menu and click "All Programs" to open the menu of programs installed on your computer. Newly installed software is usually highlighted in the Windows start menu. Select your new Internet browser to start the program.


Step 7

Set your new Internet browser as your default browser. Most browsers will check when the program starts to see if it is the default browser. If not, the Internet browser will give you an option to set it as the default.



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