How to Install Internet Explorer 9

By Jason Artman

Internet Explorer 9 is the upcoming (at the time of writing) Web browser from Microsoft. As of 2010, the browser is in the early development stages. However, a preview version of Internet Explorer 9 is available for the public to download. Download and install the Internet Explorer 9 preview if you are interested in viewing upcoming browser technologies before they are released, or if you would like to take part in the Internet Explorer 9 beta, and report the problems that you find to Microsoft before the final version of the browser is released.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 or Windows 7

Step 1

Download the Internet Explorer 9 preview (see Resources for link). Save the resulting file--"iepreview.msi"--to the desktop, then double-click it when the download is complete.

Step 2

Examine the license agreement for the Internet Explorer 9 preview. If you agree to the terms, click the radio button labeled "I Agree," then click the "Install" button.

Step 3

Click "Yes" to continue installing Internet Explorer 9 if you receive a User Account Control prompt. The remainder of the installation procedure is automatic. When the process is complete, an "Internet Explorer Platform Preview" icon is created on the desktop.

Step 4

Launch "Internet Explorer Platform Preview." A new browser window opens and goes directly to the Internet Explorer 9 website. This website contains several demos of the upcoming technology, which will be used in the final version of Internet Explorer 9. Click a link to view one of the demos.

Step 5

Press the "Ctrl" and "O" keys simultaneously, or click the "File" menu at the top of the screen, then click "Open" to browse to the website of your choice.

Tips & Warnings

  • During the testing period, Microsoft expects to release an updated version of the Internet Explorer 9 preview every eight weeks. Visit the Resources link in this article often to see if a new release is available to download.
  • Internet Explorer 9 is in the preview stage as of 2010, and should not be expected to perform as reliably as a more mature product such as Internet Explorer 8. You may experience browser crashes or pages that fail to render properly. Because Internet Explorer 9 has not been released in its final form, it does not replace Internet Explorer 8 when it is installed. It can be uninstalled at any time by removing "Windows Internet Explorer Platform Preview" from the "Programs and Features" menu.