How to install a browser without a browser

Sevral years ago, I uninstalled every one of my internet browsers on a laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium version 6.1.7601, installed in 2011.

I now want to install a browser - any browser - onto the laptop. However, I can't figure out how to install a browser without having a browser.

Internet Explorer is completely uninstalled. FTP commands through Windows Explorer (such as found in question 302602) are not working either. I used to have Chrome as well as Firefox, but those were both completely uninstalled.

My laptop has good internet connection, and can run Outlook and many programs (though not all) when it is in a good mood.


How can I download and install a browser on a new installation of Windows 7E? - that refers to Windows 7E and the solution doesn't work on my version.

How to get a web browser without one - ftp commands aren't working


It's not possible to completely uninstall Internet Explorer from Windows 7; it can only be disabled so it doesn't look like it's installed.

To bring it back, go to the Control Panel and open Programs and Features. Then, select "Turn Windows features on or off". Internet Explorer should be in the list. Just check it and hit OK.

This assumes that you didn't use some kind of hack tool to remove it. If that's what you did then you'll have to download a browser somehow, either on another computer with a USB flash drive (the easiest way), or use FTP to grab it from Mozilla or wherever. You said you tried FTP but you didn't say exactly what the problem was.

Assuming a vanilla Windows 7 installation, you have at least PowerShell 2.0. It can download files, although slightly complicated:

If you just need to retrieve a file, you can use the DownloadFile method of the WebClient object:

$client = New-Object System.Net.WebClient
$client.DownloadFile($url, $path)

Where $url is a string representing the file's URL, and $path is representing the local path the file will be saved to.

Note that $path must include the file name; it can't just be a directory.

It would be written like that:

$client.DownloadFile("", "D:\\Firefox Setup.exe")

Note how backslashes need to be escaped by a backslash. If it immediately displays an error message, check that the target location (D:\ in my example) is writable by the current user.

Make sure to also read the other answers over there, because it’s a lot easier on PS 3.0.

Category: windows 7 Time: 2016-07-29 Views: 10

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