Microsoft has decided to retire Internet Explorer and to replace it with Edge, a much faster, better performing, safer and more respectful web browser, with which the Redmond giant has tried to win back all the “escaped” users in the arms of Chrome and Firefox.
Despite the advent of Edge, Internet Explorer is still included in Windows 10, the most up-to-date version of Microsoft's operating system, as it is used to test the functioning of some websites or access all those online services that - amazing but true - they are not yet 100% compatible with other browsers. Here is the reason why today I propose you this guide on how to download Internet Explorer, in which we will see together how to deal with all those situations in which IE seems to have disappeared into thin air or does not want to update to the latest version available. I hope it will be useful to you.
So, are you ready to get started? Fantastic! I suggest you make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to concentrate on reading the next paragraphs and, above all, try to implement all the indications I will give you. By doing this, you will have no problem completing your tech feat today. Enjoy the reading!
How to Download Internet Explorer on Windows
If you want to know how to download Internet Explorer on all newer versions of Windows, continue reading: in the next paragraphs you will find detailed explanations of what you need to do to return to using the historical browser from Microsoft.
Reset Internet Explorer
Let's start with the simplest solution. If you are using a recent version of Windows (from Vista onwards) and you do not see Internet Explorer among the programs installed on your computer, most likely the browser has been Off from the system settings. To go back to using it, therefore, all you have to do is restore it from the Control Panel.
To proceed, go to Control Panel (just search for "control panel”In the Windows search bar, inside the menu Start, and click on the first occurrence that is found), click on the item Programs and select the item Turn Windows features on or off from the left sidebar on the screen that opens.
At this point, scroll down the list of Windows features that is shown to you, locate the item related to Internet Explorer, put the check mark next to the latter, press the button OK and wait for the browser to be reintegrated into the system. It will take a few seconds.
Download Internet Explorer
If your computer is updated to Windows 10 (or Windows 8.x), there is no need to install Internet Explorer 11 (the latest version of the browser), as the latter is present "as standard". However, if you have a PC stopped at Windows 7, can download Internet Explorer through a very simple procedure to implement.
To proceed, linked to this page of the Microsoft website, select the item Windows 7 from the drop-down menu located under the heading Select the product version (actually it should already be selected) and presses the button Scarica Internet Explorer 11 (64 bit) or on the button Scarica Internet Explorer 11 (32 bit), based on the version of Windows installed on your PC.
When the download is complete, open the file .exe che hai ottenuto, click on the button Yes and then Install to first start downloading all the files necessary for the software to work and then installing it on the PC. Once the operation is complete, you will be able to use the latest version of IE available.
Update Internet Explorer
Do you want to verify that the version of Internet Explorer installed on your computer is the latest one? To do this, go back to the Control Panel Windows, click on the icon System and security and, in the screen that opens, select the item Windows Update to start the search for new updates using the appropriate button.
When you've finished your search, click the link xx important updates are available, search for possible updates related to Internet Explorer in the list of available updates and press the button Install at the bottom right to install them on your computer.
To learn more about how Windows Update works and solve any problems related to it (eg the appearance of errors when searching for updates), consult my guide dedicated to Windows updates.
Virtualizzare Internet Explorer
Do you need to use multiple versions of Internet Explorer on the same PC for work? Then you can connect to the Microsoft website e download virtual images of Windows 7, Windows 8.x and Windows 10 containing the various browser versions. These are real virtual machines including an operating system, therefore they are very heavy to download and expire after 30 days of use. You can install them in all popular virtualization software: VirtualBox, VMWare, Parallels etc.
Their download is free, there is no need to register: you simply have to choose the version of Internet Explorer (and Windows) to download from the first drop-down menu, select the name of the virtualization software you want to use from the second menu. drop down and start the download of the virtual machine by pressing the appropriate button that appears on the screen.
If you need help installing virtual machines with Internet Explorer on your PC, check out my guides on how to open VMDK files with VMware and VirtualBox and how to virtualize an operating system.
How to Download Internet Explorer on Mac
Do you want download Internet Explorer on Mac? This can also be done, but always via virtualization or emulation. If you want to virtualize a Windows system and run a copy of Internet Explorer inside it, download one of the virtual machines available on the Microsoft website and install them on your Mac using VirtualBox, Parallels o VMware, perhaps by helping you with the instructions contained in the in-depth information on how to virtualize Windows on Mac, how to open VMDK files with VMware and VirtualBox and how to virtualize an operating system.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to use the Microsoft home browser as if it were a native application for macOS, you can use Wineskin Winery, a free application that is fit for purpose. To use it, connected to the program's website, click on the item Wineskin Winery xx (click me to download) and, when the download is complete, extract theZIP archive just got it.
At this point, drag theprogram icon in the folder Applications say macOS, fai clic destroy your di essa and select the voice apri from the menu that opens twice consecutively (in order to “bypass the restrictions imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers).
After installing Wineskin Winery, click on the button first (+), Then Download and Install e OK to install the "engine" that allows the software to function properly. When the operation is completed, click on the buttons Update e OK and wait for all the updates available for Wineskin to be downloaded from the Internet.
Now, start creating a new “application” by clicking on the button Create New Blank Wrapper and assigning it as a name Internet Explorer (or something like that, you can choose freely), then presses the button OK and click on the button install twice in a row, so as to download all the components necessary to run the application created by Wineskin.
Now, press the button View wrapper in Finder to view your "app" in Finder and double-click its icon. In the window that opens, click on the button Advanced, select the scheda Tools and presses the button Winetricks.
Search now explorer in search bar located at the top, put the check mark next to the item ie6, ie7 o ie8 (depending on the version of Internet Explorer you intend to download) and click on the item Run to start the download first and then the browser installation.
Now, normally complete the Internet Explorer setup (as if you were using a Windows PC) and presses on the item Close.
Finally, select the tab Configuration of Wineskin Winery, click on the button KATEGORIEN and select the path drive C/Program Files/Internet Explorer/iexplore.exe.
Then close the Wineskin configuration panel and start the application you created earlier (eg. Internet Explorer) to start using the browser: to do this, you can simply click on its icon that appears in the Launchpad.