If you suspect your PC may be running a ropy copy of Windows and want to download Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 Web browser, you're in luck. There's a good chance you may have missed the news, but Microsoft announced back in October 2007 that Windows users would no longer need to have their operating system validated before being allowed to grab a copy of its browser. So whether you're running a less-than-genuine Microsoft OS or just can't be doing with sitting in front of your computer while your above board copy of Windows is checked, you'll have no need to worry.
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Head on over to Microsoft's Download Center and type "Internet Explorer 8" into the search box in the top-right corner of the page.
Find the correct version of Internet Explorer 8 for your operating system and click through to download. Ensure you're about to grab the browser in the right language and then click on the "Download" button. The amount of time it will take for your installation files to download will depend on the speed of your Internet connection.
Open your Internet Explorer 8 installation files and follow the onscreen instructions. Any older version of IE that was bundled with your copy of Windows will be replaced with IE8, regardless of the authenticity of your OS. You may need to restart your computer as part of the installation process.
Tips and warnings
- You can also download later versions Internet Explorer without having your copy of Windows validated.
- In 2007, CNET speculated that Microsoft did away with the validation procedure due to the amount of browser market share it was losing to rivals such as Mozilla and Norway's Opera.
- If you suspect you've been sold a pirated version of Windows, Microsoft recommends returning it to the vendor to ask for a genuine copy. The software giant also advises you should contact it to report where you purchased any shifty software.
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