How do I get IE

  Housten 17:24 14 Aug 2014

Good Afternoon, Gentlemen,

I have just got an Acer one 722, which is 2and a half years old. Now I am an old f*rt, and for which I make no apologies. The person from whom I purchased this has Chrome on it, and I do not like google. Ok, I do use it for searching the net but that is all, so you can call me a hyoocrite for that.

What I would like is IE installed. The machine has Windows 7 Ultimate, and I have got into the 'C' folder by going to 'Computer', and using that. I found 'Internet Explorer' in two locations and have tried 5 or 6 programmes listed within the sub-folders to get it to install itself without any success whatsoever.

Also I would like to install 'Windows Explorer' and I can't even find that!!

Does anyone know what programmes I need to activate to get these two programmes installed on the machine? It is really very frustrating at the moment and help/advice/information that anyone can supply will be very, very welcome.

Many thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

  Secret-Squirrel 17:32 14 Aug 2014

Both Explorers are heavily integrated into Windows so it's likely they're actually installed but hiding from you.

Simply click the Start button and type explorer - Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer should appear at the top of the list. Do they both work? If they do then you can right-click and choose "Pin to Taskbar" or "Pin to Start Menu, or both so you'll then having easy access to them.

  rdave13 17:32 14 Aug 2014

Go to control panel select programs and features and select ' turn windows features on or off'. You should find IE in the list.

  Housten 17:40 14 Aug 2014


Many, many thanks. To be honest I thought you might know but I do not like to presume or force an answer from someone.

Quite apart from being very grateful for your reply the speed of it is absolutely outstanding!! Once again I am very grateful to you for helping an old dodderer like me!!!

With regard to Windows Updates I think they are on automatic at the moment, which I do not like! I like to choose which updates I install so I will be looking into that fairly shortly!! I may need to come back to the forum to find out how to turn on manual!!

Many, many thanks once again.

  Housten 17:45 14 Aug 2014

Secret-Squirrel and rdave13,


I thought Woolwell was extremely fast, but you are both only just behind him!! Many, many thanks to both of you for your suggestions. I think I can say - without a doubt - that one way or another I will have these two up and running very shortly!!

Many thanks to both of you.

  northumbria61 05:48 15 Aug 2014

Housten - Windows Updates - go to Control Panel-windows updates-change settings (from list at left hand side) under Important Updates change to Download Updates but let me choose whether to install them - click OK

  Housten 16:51 15 Aug 2014

Gentlemen, Good Afternoon,

Well everything almost worked!!


Thank you, I have done that, and it is still there! I have yet to see that it is working that way but I will carry on trying!!

Windows Explorer works just fine, BUT...Internet Explorer is driving me mad!!! If I click on 'Internet Explorer(64 Bit)' in the 'All Programs' I keep getting 'MSN' - which I do not want! I just want IE9 - or whatever. In no way do I want anything to do with this 'MSN' stuff. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can rid myself of it.

Many thanks in anticipation.

  Housten 17:39 15 Aug 2014


Many thanks for your post but I am doing something wrong.

Firstly I tried using 'Default' when I got to the 'home page' - no luck. Then I realised that you said 'Browse to the site that you do want IE to open on'. There is not a site that I really use. I then thought I would try 'google' - not really. So then I thought That I would try my broadband supplier - plusnet. I tried 'plusnet' and then 'plusnet login'. On both occasions I got the same starting screen as I had before, but with the addition of a small box to the right, alongside where it said 'MSN UK - for...'. When I hovered the mouse over that it stated ''MSN UK - formerly Hotmail, Bing, Skype and Latest News'. When I click on IE on my desktop I get taken to the front page of plusnet and I can login to the site or go to my webmail. So I would be very grateful if you could tell this old f*rt what he is doing wrong!!

  john bunyan 18:00 15 Aug 2014

In spite of your reluctance re Google, for now I suggest you make the UK one your home page. At another time you can change it. The UK version is at


I would go on IE (on Windows 7 the latest is IE 11). then open Google as above link. Then, follow Woolwells latest info.Do come back - and let us know which Windows version you have.

BTW if you right click on Internet explorer, there should be an option to "pin to the taskbar" - same with windows explorer. A little icon then appears in the bottom task bar so you just left click it to launch.

  Housten 10:53 18 Aug 2014

Good Morning Woolwell and john bunyan,

Sorry for the delay but we have had a very busy weekend, starting with our godson's 40th on Saturday! Anyway I tried many different options, with no luck. Then in desperation I tried just 'click here and it sailed through!! Without your suggestions - especially where to change it via the 'Control Panel' I would never have found it!!

Thank you to everyone for being so kind to an old idiot!!!!

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