Internet Explorer 11 is a milestone in Microsoft’s evolution towards a fast and modern web browser that found its force again thanks to improvements in security, performance, privacy and standards support. Windows 8.1 users know it very well as it is the built-in browser of this operating system, but in this tutorial we will talk about the version built for Windows 7. Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 is an important Windows update and its installation is recommended for all users. But before we can see what this browser has to offer, let us, first, see how you can download and install it on your Windows 7 computer.
This tutorial will cover two methods of installing Internet Explorer 11 on your Windows 7 computer. The first one is based upon using Windows Update. The second one involves an old fashioned download from the official web-page of Internet Explorer 11.
How To Install Internet Explorer 11 Via Windows Update
It goes without saying that this is the easier method you can use to install Internet Explorer. First you have to go to Windows Update by using either this path "Control Panel - > System and Security - > Windows Update", or just by typing "windows update" in the Start Menu search box.
Then do a check for the latest updates. In the list of Optional Updates you should see one that says Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. Select it and then click OK.
For the installation procedure to start, you have to click on the Install updates button. For more information about the installation procedure of updates, check out this article: Check for Windows Updates, Learn What They Do & Block Those You Don’t Need.
After Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 and any other update you have selected are downloaded, the installation will start.
This new streamlined installation will finish in a few minutes and shortly after, it will ask you to restart your computer to finish the whole process. The necessary file and services cannot be updated if the system is still using them. So just press the Restart now button from the Windows Update window and wait until the computer restarts.
Once this is done, the Internet Explorer 11 shortcut will be placed in your Taskbar.
Now meet your new browser…
How To Install Internet Explorer 11 As A Standalone Download
It is also possible to download Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 yourself and install it manually on your computer. You first have to go to the official download page via Internet Explorer 9 or 10, or any other browser and you will receive an appropriate download link. Of course, it is also possible for you to choose the language of the browser.
If you are using another browser, you need to select which Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 you want to download and install. This situation appears if you access the download page for the offline installer. Here, you will find an alphabetized list of languages where you will have to choose between the 32-bit or 64-bit versions, and then press the download button. This webpage has a little more complicated interface, but a more simple way to find your desired version and language.
Take into account the fact that you can also use the first download link on a non-Microsoft browser, for the less complicated download procedure. You will receive a 53.3Mb.exe file, which is the actual offline installer and not a file downloader.
Then, you just have to run the downloaded installer. You will receive a separate prompt, that asks you to confirm that you really want to install Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. How Microsoft-ish is this, right? Click on Install.
Wait for the installation process to finish, and then you will be asked to reboot your computer. Be sure to save all of you ongoing work and then, press the Restart now button.
After restarting Windows, Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 should be installed on your computer.
As you can see from this tutorial, installing Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 is not exactly rocket science. It has a streamlined installation, but one that, unfortunately, still requires you to close your applications and restart your computer. If you have any problems or questions, do not hesitate to use the comments form below.