To download Internet Explorer 8 for free, access the Download Center section on Microsoft.com, open the category for Web browsers, select Internet Explorer 8, specify your operating system, and download the necessary installation files. If prompted to download a newer version of Internet Explorer, refuse the offer. Before the download process initiates, select whether to save the files for a manual installation at a later time or start the installation process immediately.
Navigate to the bottom of the Microsoft.com home page, click on the Download Center link, and click on the Web Browsers button. Find Internet Explorer 8 in the list of the 10 most popular downloads, and click on its link. If it’s not present on the list, click on View More, select the Internet Explorer option in the Product Family filter section, and click on Internet Explorer 8. Once the download page opens, click on the Change Systems link to select your operating system if the website fails to detect it automatically, select the desired language from the drop-down menu, and click Download.
Select the Open or Run This Program From Its Current Location option to start the installation immediately, or select the Save or Save This Program To Disk option to run it manually. If your operating system wasn’t present in the Change Systems menu, access the Additional Information section on the download page, and click on the link for the appropriate version.