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Can i install firefox on Windows 8.1

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Hi there, I have just had to upgrade and get a new Pc and it has windows 8.1 which is awful. I only like to use firefox as my browser. I have tried to install it but it won't work. I cannot find any up to date information on the web as to whether firefox can be installed with Windows 8.1 I have a 64 bit operating system. Is there a way to do this? Or if not does anyone know if it will be available soon, or i'll have to use chrome which i don't like as much. I don't have much technical knowledge to do complicated things. I wonder if it works well on Windows 8 if i try and downgrade..... Not sure i know how to do that/ Any help be appreciated. thanks

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rhian said

Dear Jayelbe thanks very much fjayelbe said
Hi Rhian, Sorry for any confusion! It's good news: Firefox should work flawlessly on your Windows 8.1 computer. :) It sounds like you've had some trouble downloading Firefox, so please try using this page: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/ Just click the relevant link to download Firefox for Windows in your language. The links on this page use a slightly different method to the usual link, so it should bypass the problem you've had. I hope this helps. Don't hesitate to ask us if you need any further help. Happy Firefoxing! Jayelbe

Dear Jayelbe thanks very much for your clear reply and that link. I just tried to do it and it downloaded all the way, but then it refused to open and a sign came up on the 8.1 pc saying file is corrupt.......grrr do you have any idea why or what else i could try? thank you so much

thank you jayelbe i tried it again with the US version not the UK one and it seems to be working so far!! thank you so much , really appreciated.. id be lost without firefox, best broswer ever!

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Download Firefox Full Installer For All languages And Systems {web link}


Firefox 34.0.5 System Requirements

Windows Operating Systems

   Windows XP SP2
   Windows Server 2003 SP1
   Windows Vista
   Windows 7
   Windows 8

Please note that while the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 can be used to run Firefox 34, only 32-bit builds of Firefox 34 are supported at this time. Recommended Hardware

   Pentium 4 or newer processor that supports SSE2
   512MB of RAM
   200MB of hard drive space
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thanks for the reply but that doesn't answer the question as i see from the system requirements that 8.1 isn't listed....?!

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For the Windows part it mentions the minimum for each as for example Windows XP with Service Pack 2 is the minimum as Firefox 13.0 and newer will not work on Windows XP or XP SP1.

So for Windows 8 it means all Windows 8.

https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/34.0/system-requirements/

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rhian said

thanks for the reply but that doesn't answer the question as i see from the system requirements that 8.1 isn't listed....?!

Programs that work with Windows 8 usually work with Windows 8.1, too.

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sorry i don't understand any of the answers above! I have 8.1 and i have tried to download firefox - the latest version but it will not download. I don't know why and I don't understand from the answers above if it is because it is not compatible with Windows 8.1 or if it is for another reason. I am not a pc expert; i am a member of the public who has been using firefox for the last 7 years on vista and it has worked perfectly. Can someone explain the answer to me in very plain english?! thank you !

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Hi Rhian,

Sorry for any confusion! It's good news: Firefox should work flawlessly on your Windows 8.1 computer. :)

It sounds like you've had some trouble downloading Firefox, so please try using this page: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/

Just click the relevant link to download Firefox for Windows in your language. The links on this page use a slightly different method to the usual link, so it should bypass the problem you've had.

I hope this helps. Don't hesitate to ask us if you need any further help.

Happy Firefoxing!


Jayelbe

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rhian said

I don't know why and I don't understand from the answers above if it is because it is not compatible with Windows 8.1

As I said what is listed is the minimum needed for each Windows OS as some have Service Packs. Hypothetically say it listed 8.2 as the minimum instead of 8.0 then that version of Firefox would not work on 8.0 or 8.1

The only Windows 8 version that Firefox for desktop does not work on is the Windows RT normally used on some tablets.

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Dear Jayelbe

thanks very much fjayelbe said

Hi Rhian, Sorry for any confusion! It's good news: Firefox should work flawlessly on your Windows 8.1 computer. :) It sounds like you've had some trouble downloading Firefox, so please try using this page: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/ Just click the relevant link to download Firefox for Windows in your language. The links on this page use a slightly different method to the usual link, so it should bypass the problem you've had. I hope this helps. Don't hesitate to ask us if you need any further help. Happy Firefoxing! Jayelbe

Dear Jayelbe thanks very much for your clear reply and that link. I just tried to do it and it downloaded all the way, but then it refused to open and a sign came up on the 8.1 pc saying file is corrupt.......grrr do you have any idea why or what else i could try? thank you so much

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James said

rhian said
I don't know why and I don't understand from the answers above if it is because it is not compatible with Windows 8.1

As I said what is listed is the minimum needed for each Windows OS as some have Service Packs. Hypothetically say it listed 8.2 as the minimum instead of 8.0 then that version of Firefox would not work on 8.0 or 8.1

The only Windows 8 version that Firefox for desktop does not work on is the Windows RT normally used on some tablets.

sorry james i still dont understand you , but thx anyway!

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rhian said

Dear Jayelbe thanks very much fjayelbe said
Hi Rhian, Sorry for any confusion! It's good news: Firefox should work flawlessly on your Windows 8.1 computer. :) It sounds like you've had some trouble downloading Firefox, so please try using this page: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/ Just click the relevant link to download Firefox for Windows in your language. The links on this page use a slightly different method to the usual link, so it should bypass the problem you've had. I hope this helps. Don't hesitate to ask us if you need any further help. Happy Firefoxing! Jayelbe

Dear Jayelbe thanks very much for your clear reply and that link. I just tried to do it and it downloaded all the way, but then it refused to open and a sign came up on the 8.1 pc saying file is corrupt.......grrr do you have any idea why or what else i could try? thank you so much

thank you jayelbe i tried it again with the US version not the UK one and it seems to be working so far!! thank you so much , really appreciated.. id be lost without firefox, best broswer ever!

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ty jayelbe, US download sorted it brilliant! ty v v much!

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Excellent news, Rhian :)

Hopefully you and Firefox will be BFFs from here on out. But if Foxy misbehaves, pop back and we'll be happy to help out.

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rhian said

sorry james i still dont understand you , but thx anyway!

Ok how about simple answer. for the Windows 8 part it means 8.0 and newer.

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/34.0/system-requirements/

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I see here in the comments that everyone seems to be talking about Firefox 34. I know that there is a version 38, which I have as my default browser, on my old, not used as much, Windows 7 PC.

Is there some reason that Firefox 38 cannot be downloaded on to a Windows 8.1 laptop? I just bought a new laptop with factory installed Windows 8.1...NOT the RT version. Personally, from what I've experienced withy 8.1...I like it. The touchpad is VERY SENSITIVE, and most of the time, TWO fingertips are needed to scroll or move the mouse pointer, but this Windows version is pretty nice, IMHO.

Can I install Firefox 38 on a Windows 8.1 laptop, without any issues? Or must I install the version 34?

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No, there is no reason you cannot use Firefox 38.0.5 on Windows 8.1.

Normally before it was Windows version and the Service Pack version for it (like with Windows XP, Vista, 7). With Windows 8 they used 8.1 to refer to as a update for Windows 8.

Get the full setup for Windows from www.mozilla.org/firefox/all as the stub installer is served on www.mozilla.org and some antivirus clients still gives false positives on the stub.

Note that Firefox 39.0 is scheduled for Release on Tuesday June 30.

The reason for old Firefox 34 being mentioned is because this thread was started back on January 1st, 2015. If you had not bumped this thread it would have been auto locked and archived in oh a week.

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Thanks for the info, James, but I have another question. Could you please clarify the second paragraph in your post.

I'm not even remotely close to a tekkie, and I don't quite understand; ...as the stub installer is served on...and some antivirus clients still gives false positives on the stub. Exactly what does that mean? And yes, I'm computer illiterate.

Thank you very much for the quick reply, and the advice. I am grateful.

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For Windows Mozilla serves a small stub installer on mozilla.org which is a online installer for Firefox. The full setup file that you can get on www.mozilla.org/firefox/all does not need a internet connection to install Firefox.

Even though the newer stub installer has existed since Firefox 18.0 some antivirus clients occasionally still flag it for some reason instead of those antivirus companies fixing it.