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Firefox - Download and Install on Windows

This article explains how to download and install Firefox on Windows using a simplified online installer.

(Advanced users: see the For advanced users section at the end of the article.)

This article only applies to Windows. For instructions to install Firefox on Mac, see How to download and install Firefox on Mac.

Before installing Firefox, see the Firefox System Requirements to make sure that your computer has the required operating system and recommended hardware.

  1. Visit this Firefox download page in any browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Download Now button. The Firefox Installer that downloads will automatically offer you the best available version of Firefox for your computer. For example, if you have a 64-bit version of Windows, you are offered the 64-bit version of Firefox (details here).
    • If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, a notification bar will appear at the bottom of the page with the options to run the installer or save the file to your computer. Click Run to start the process.
    • In other browsers, you may need to first save the Firefox installer to your computer, then open the file you downloaded.
      Note: If you see an Open File - Security Warning dialog, click Run.
    Open File-Security Warning
  3. Wait for Firefox to finish installing.
    install process
    Note: The Firefox Installer may contain an Update or Re-install button and an option to restore default settings and remove add-ons, if a very outdated Firefox version or very old profile data is detected. Clear the checkbox to keep the old data and click Update or Re-install to start the installation.
    Firefox Installer-Reinstall
  4. When the installation is complete, Firefox will open.
Congratulations, you are done installing Firefox! Double-click on the Mozilla Firefox icon whenever you want to go online.
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Having problems?

Here are some articles that can help you:

For advanced users

The Firefox download page provides a streamlined online installer that automatically installs a suitable Firefox version for your operating system with no options to change settings such as the installation folder location. If you need a full, offline installer, if you want to choose the language and operating system or if you want to customize your Firefox installation, visit the Systems & Languages page instead. From that page, find your language and then download either the Windows 32-bit Firefox version or, for 64-bit operating systems with Windows 7 and above, the Windows 64-bit version of Firefox. Options available in the full, offline installer are described in the article, Custom installation of Firefox on Windows

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:How to download and install Firefox on Windows internet web browser   Doc ID:82281
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-05-16 09:15 MSTUpdated:2018-05-16 12:30 MST
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