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How do I install the QuickTime plug-in on Internet Explorer for Windows?

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QuickTime is a free browser plug-in and piece of software that is used for playing videos and some 3D content. Find out here how to install the QuickTime plug-in on Internet Explorer for Windows.

Not your web browser? Go back to the QuickTime plug-in page to select your browser.

WebWise Team | 9th September 2010

Clicking the 'Download' link at the end of this guide automatically takes you to the Quicktime download page.

1. Click the 'Download Now' button

Choose whether or not to include iTunes with the download. If you are not sure, click the first option.

Signing up for Apple news and updates is optional by ticking the 'Keep me up to date with Apple news' box and entering your email address.

Click 'Download Now'

QuickTime step 1 – Click the 'Download Now' button

2. Security Warning

A security box may appear saying, "Do you want to run or save this file?”

Click 'Run'.

QuickTime step 2 – Security warning

3. Wait for the download

It may show a progress bar, or give a percentage of the download so far. Wait for the file to finish downloading. The process may take a little while depending on your connection speed and demands on QuickTime's servers.

QuickTime step 3 – Wait for the download

4. Click 'Run' to begin installing

An Internet Explorer security warning pop-up box may appear.

Click 'Run'.

QuickTime step 4 – Click 'Run' to begin installing

5. Windows installer

A 'Preparing to install' pop-up box will appear.

QuickTime step 5 – Windows installer

6. Welcome to QuickTime

The installer pop-up box will show.

Click 'Next' to continue.

QuickTime step 6 – Welcome to QuickTime

7. License Agreement

Read the agreement and click 'Yes' to continue.

QuickTime step 7 –  License agreement

8. Choose Destination location

We suggest you leave this at the default setting (usually C:\Program files\).

Uncheck the 'Install Desktop shortcuts' tick-box if you do not want a desktop shortcut icon to QuickTime.

QuickTime step 8 – Choose destination location

9. Installing QuickTime

QuickTime is being installed, this may take several minutes.

After installation you may see a 'User Account Control' dialog pop-up box, stating that Windows needs permission to continue.

Click 'Continue'.

QuickTime step 9 – Installing QuickTime

10. QuickTime installation is complete

QuickTime has been installed on your computer.

Click 'Finish'.

QuickTime step 10 – QuickTime is complete



Certain services offered on the BBC website such as audio, video, animations and games require specific additional third party software (called 'plug-ins'). You may have such software already loaded onto your computer. If you do not then, should you wish to use these BBC services, you will need to licence and download such software from a third party software company.

We will direct you to the relevant pages of the software company website. The website will give a set of instructions that you will need to follow in order to download the plug-in. In particular you will be asked by the software company to agree to its terms and conditions of licence. Any such agreement is between you and the software company and the BBC does not accept any liability in relation either to the download or to the use of the plug-in.

The BBC does not use any plug-in that is not available FREE OF CHARGE. However most software companies will also offer versions of their plug-ins that require payment. We will always try to direct you to the free download pages of the software company site. You may of course choose to licence paid-for software from the third party. However if you only want to download the free plug-in you should not be asked for, nor give, any credit card or other payment details.

Finally, it is likely that you will be asked to enter personal details (name, address etc.) as part of the download process. If you do enter such information then it will be held by the software company subject to the Data Protection Act and other relevant privacy legislation. The company should therefore inform you what it intends to do with your data, and may direct you to its Privacy Policy. Please note that you will be submitting the data to the third party software company and not to the BBC and so the use of the data will NOT be covered by the BBC Privacy Policy.

Although the BBC uses third party plug-ins in order to provide the best possible web service, it does not endorse any third party software. If you choose to enter into an agreement with the third party and download the plug-in you do so at you own risk.

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