How to Run Silverlight

By Andrew Mikael

Microsoft Silverlight provides an interactive multimedia platform that runs inside a Web browser. Like Adobe's common Flash platform, Silverlight offers outlets for video and animated products, as well as more complex and fully interactive Web pages. While you can download and use Silverlight for free, it's not an application that runs independently on a computer. It opens when needed to display information within a browser, and requires no additional action by the user.

Step 1

Open a Web browser and navigate to the Microsoft Silverlight installation page. If you attempt to view a Silverlight Web application without Silverlight installed, you will receive a link to this page.

Step 2

Select the "Click to Install" button. If you already have a version of Silverlight installed and this button does not appear, click the link listed under "Current version."

Step 3

Save the file to the system's hard drive, and open it when installation is complete. If you are running Internet Explorer, click the "Open" button when prompted to skip this step to save a downloaded file. Depending on your operating system and configuration, you may need administrative privileges to open the file.

Step 4

Click the "Install Now" button and wait for the installation to finish. Allowing the install assumes your agreement to the Silverlight license, available for viewing in the installation window.

Step 5

Check the box labeled "Enable Microsoft Update" to keep Silverlight up to date automatically. You may still update the software manually if you leave the box blank. Click "Next" and select "Close" to finish the installation.

Step 6

Navigate to a Web page with Silverlight content in a supported Web browser to use the application. If you had already loaded a Silverlight page before installation, refresh the page to view the content.

Tips & Warnings

  • Silverlight runs on Windows 2000 and newer operating systems, as long as the system uses a compatible browsers. Supported browsers are Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.