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How do I install the Adobe Reader software on Internet Explorer for Windows?

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Adobe Reader is a free piece of software and browser plug-in that is used for viewing specially formatted documents. Find out here how to install the Adobe Reader software and plug-in on Internet Explorer for Windows.

Not your web browser? Go back to the Adobe Reader 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 Reader download page.

1. Install Adobe Reader

The first page asks if you would like to install Reader. It also asks if you would like to install an extra browser toolbar from Google with Reader. If you do not want this, make sure the 'Also Install' check box is empty.

Click 'Download' to continue.

Reader download step 1 – Install Adobe Reader

2. You may need extra components

If you see a gold bar pop up, you must click where indicated to install an extra component for your browser.

Click where indicated if you see this banner.

If you are not seeing the gold bar, click 'Click here to download' to start downloading.

Reader download step 2 – You may need extra components

3. Install This Add-on

A window will appear.

Click 'Install This Add-on for All Users on This Computer...'

Reader download step 3 – Click Install This Add-on

4. Security Warning

Next, a security box pops up.

Click 'Run' to continue.

Reader download step 4 – Security Warning

5. Reader will now download

This may take some time.

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

Click 'Continue'.

Reader download step 5 – Reader will now download

6. Reader will now update setup

Reader download step 6 –  Reader will now update setup

7. Destination Folder

You will be asked where you want to install Reader.

If you are unsure leave it as it is and click 'Next'

Reader download step 7 – Destination Folder

8. Ready to install the program

Click 'Install' to begin the installation.

Reader download step 8 –  Ready to Install the Program

9. Installing Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader is now being installed.

Reader download step 9 – Installing Adobe Reader

10. Reader is complete

You should see the 'Setup Completed' screen.

You can now view Reader content.

Reader download step 10– Reader is complete

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Disclaimer

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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