Install Firefox On Windows 8
Edited by Grimm, Inukshuk, Eng
We're going to teach you how you can download and install the Mozilla Firefox browser for your Microsoft Windows 8 installation.
To start with, we're going to go to the mozilla.org website which I've already opened here as you can see on the browser. We're going to go over and click on 'Firefox' which can be clicked on in the top menu or over here. Depends on where, sometimes they change this menu. At any rate, to keep things easy we'll just click up here and wait a minute for it to open.
Here we have the Firefox browser. It's one of the most private browsers you can get. There are a few that are better however as they say, they are indeed the most trusted internet company for privacy.
I'm using the English US version, however you can click here on 'Systems & Languages' to select any different language if you'd like, or a different system. Let's click that just to show you.
Now here, you can enter in and search for a language. As you can see, there's a very large selection of languages.
Or you can simply scroll down. Download for Windows in the first column, download for Mac next, download for Linux, and download for 64-bit Linux all the way down this list of languages.
Anyway, I don't need that so I'm just going to go back and click on 'Firefox'.
OK, now I've clicked on Firefox, I'm going to get a popup window down at the bottom that asks me if I want to run Firefox from the installer or save it. I'm going to go ahead and run that because I already know it's a secure file, and I'm not worried about it.
When I run that, it's going to extract the file and it's going to give me a popup that asks me from user account control "Do I want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?" I'm going to click yes for that. Options gives me a Firefox popup menu.
Gives me some options to select where I want to install it, where I want to have the destination folder, if I want to send information about this installation to Mozilla, or install the Firefox background update service.
I don't actually want to actually send information about this, so I'm going to uncheck that. I do not need it on my task bar. Start menu programs I would like. 'On my Desktop' I also do not want. So those are my personal selections. I am going to put that in my x86 file running a Windows 64-bit installation on Windows 8. That's why it's going to go there. So if you wanted to put it somewhere else, you could just click 'Browse' and select that.
I'm going to install now. It's going to download and install Firefox.
My internet connection is not the fastest in the world, so it going to take a moment to install, so we're just going to come back to this and skip the video forward for just a sec. OK, as you can see now, we've got a popup that tells me I have a new application that can open web pages. Additionally I have the option to import my settings and data. I'm not going to import anything. I like to keep my browsers completely separate. Going to go ahead and click on 'Next' now.
And now Firefox has popped up asking me if I'd like to set it as my default browser. If I want to take a quick tour, et cetera. Let's start with this. I do not want to use Firefox as my default browser, so "Don't ask me again", and "Not Now". Later, you can change that if you'd like to.
Now here I have the option to take a quick tour. I'm going to click on the option "Let's go". But, before we do that, we've got a popup here at the bottom: "Firefox automatically sends some data to Mozilla so that we can improve your experience". So I'm going to "Choose What I Share" because I don't like automatic data sending anywhere. To me, that's like a boat leaking water.
So, "performance usage, hardware and customization data", I do not want to share that, so I make sure it's unchecked. "Firefox Health Report" "helps you understand your browser performance and shares data with Mozilla about your browser health", I'm not going to share that. Sorry Mozilla. And a "Crash Reporter" that "submits crash reports to help Mozilla make your browser more stable and secure", now this is important to me. I do develop some applications and websites myself, so that's important to me. I'm going to go ahead and leave that enabled.
While we're here, let's go ahead and click on 'Privacy'. Tracking - "Do not tell sites anything about my tracking preferences" - that's important to me. "Location Bar", "Remember history", this is all fine.
There are other settings you can set for yourself. Warn me when I try to install add-ons. This is under security. "Warn me when sites try to install add-ons", "Block reported attack sites", "Block reported web forgeries", "Remember passwords for sites". You can also use a master password.
I actually like using a master password. When you want to use a master password, you simply set up your master password and click OK. That lets you use a master password for sites which then pulls in the passwords you have remembered. At any rate, we've set up what I want to set up here, so let's click OK.
Now we're going to click on "Let's go" and get our tour.
First off, we have the menu that's in the top right. You have a wide select of things you can do.
Click on our next button for customization. We can pick what we want to customize. There's a little button down at the bottom for customization. That lets us choose, add, move things around.
When you want to search, and Chrome does this already, Internet Explorer does it a bit too, however, you click up in the search window at the top and you start typing, and your suggestions appear as you type.
Finally, we have bookmarks. When you want to set your bookmarks together, you can get them all set up on your Bookmarks bar - favorites and bookmarks.
This also lets you synchronize them. You can synchronize them across devices so any devices you use Firefox on, you can always jump right back into your browsing experience which is great. At any rate, lets click on 'Start browsing'.
Here we go, "Welcome to Firefox", we can make this big. If you have Firefox on another device, this is how you get started with Sync.
Get Firefox news if you want it here. I don't, so I'm not going to select that. So you can get started with Sync, however we'll save that for another video. Thanks for choosing VisiHow. If you have any other problems or difficulties you have with Firefox, just let us know in the comments section.
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Recent edits by: Inukshuk, Grimm