How to install Internet Explorer 8

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This article describes how to install Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems. This article also offers additional information and links to install locations, install options, prerequisites, IE 8 features and additional IE 8 Installation troubleshooting information.

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Install Internet Explorer 8 on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008-based computers

To download and Install Internet Explorer 8 follow the steps listed below:

    1. Visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Windows Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista  

    2. Click the Download button on the page to start the download, or select a different language from the Change language list, and then click Go

    3. Follow one of these steps:

To start the installation immediately, click Run

To save the download to your computer for installation later, click Save  and browse to the location where you want to save the file and then double-click the saved file when ready to install

Important: Restart your computer when the installation is complete. 

 

Important: If installing Internet Explorer 8.0 on Window Vista RTM (Non-SP1 or greater Service Pack installed), see the Installing Internet Explorer 8 on a Windows Vista (non-SP1) computers section later in this article

 

Install Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003-based computers

To download and Install Internet Explorer 8 follow the steps listed below:

    1. Visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Windows Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP  

 

    2. Click the Download button on the page to start the download, or select a different language from the Change language list, and then click Go

    3. Follow one of these steps:

To start the installation immediately, click Run

To save the download to your computer for installation later, click Save and browse to the location where you want to save the file and then double-click the saved file when ready to install

Important: Restart your computer once the installation has completed.

 

Installing Internet Explorer 8 on a Windows Vista (non-SP1) computers

To Install Internet Explorer on Vista RTM first make sure your computer is up to date. To check for updates, follow these steps:

    1. Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button, clicking All Programs , and then clicking Windows Update

    2. In the left pane, click Check for updates, and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your computer

    3. If any updates are found, click Install updates. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation

Note: Install all updates now to make sure that Internet Explorer has everything it has to have to install properly. 

    4. Restart your computer once the installation has completed

 

Prerequisites to installing Internet Explorer 8

For more information on updates required to install Internet Explorer 8.0 click the following link to view the article on the Microsoft web site.

956586 Required software updates for Internet Explorer 8.0 on Window Vista RTM

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Install Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) using Windows Update or click the link below to install SP1 from the Microsoft download site:

Windows Vista, 32-bit versions

If you’re using the 32 bit version of Windows Update click the following link:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=B0C7136D-5EBB-413B-89C9-CB3D06D12674

Windows Vista, 64-bit versions

If you’re using the 32 bit version of Windows Update click the following link:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=874A414B-32B2-41CC-BD8B-D71EDA5EC07C

 

Note: To see if your computer is running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows, do the following:

    1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click System and Maintenance, and then click System

    2. Under System, view the System type to see your system type

 

Internet Explorer 8 Download Information

To download Internet Explorer 8, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/default.aspx

If you’re running a prerelease version of Internet Explorer 8 you can also install Internet Explorer 8 using Automatic Updates, Windows Update, or Microsoft Update.

 

Internet Explorer 8 Installation Troubleshooting

If you encounter issues while installing Internet Explorer 8 click the following link to view the troubleshooting article on the Microsoft web site.

949220 How to solve Internet Explorer 8 installation problems

 

System requirements

Internet Explorer 8 runs on any of the following operating systems:

  • Windows Vista, 32-bit versions 

  • Windows Vista, 64-bit versions 

  • Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP 1) or a later version 

  • Windows XP, 32-bit versions with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or a later version 

  • Windows XP Professional, 64-bit Edition 

  • Windows Server 2003, 32-bit versions with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or a later version 

  • Windows Server 2003, 64-bit versions with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or a later version 

  • Windows Server 2008, 32-bit, or a later version 

  • Windows Server 2008, 64-bit, or a later version 


 

Internet Explorer 8 Features

For a list of Internet Explorer 8 features, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/features/overview.aspx?tabid=1&catid=1

 

For a list of the minimum requirements that the computer must have to run Internet Explorer 8, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/support/system-requirements.aspx

 

To read the Internet Explorer 8 release notes, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/dd441788.aspx

 

 

 

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Article ID: 970310 - Last Review: June 4, 2014 - Revision: 2.0
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