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mangeons's avatar

How can I download a different browser without deleting my current one?

Asked by mangeons (12123 points ) August 3rd, 2009

I’d love to try out Opera, Safari, or Chrome, but I’m afraid it’ll get rid of Firefox (Which I LOVE) like it did with IE when I downloaded FF (I don’t care about that). I’m just wondering if there is a way that you can be certain that the browser you’re downloading won’t get rid of your current one?

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dpworkin's avatar

Just choose for it not to be the “default” browser when it installs. That is something you can always go back and change, anyway. Nothing “gets rid” of anything, it just puts itself first in line to be used. Does that make sense?

samanthabarnum's avatar

It never got rid of IE, it just changed the default for webpages. If you went looking for IE on your computer, you’d find it again.

See @pdworkin‘s response to the rest of your questions.

mangeons's avatar

Actually, I did go looking, and I couldn’t find it. I don’t know what happened to it.

samanthabarnum's avatar

@mangeons Depending on what version of Windows you’re running, it could easily be in system files versus program files. Don’t go looking for IE though, it’ll only cause problems because Firefox > IE.

mrentropy's avatar

I have all of them except Opera and with the addition of Flock. There’s no problem with any of them.

My mother also lost her desktop and quickstart icons for IE. She never did figure out what caused that. She’s using Vista Home.

derekpaperscissors's avatar

Generally, when you install an application/program, it doesn’t uninstall any other programs or apps. When it comes to browsers, perhaps you mean that you don’t want the new one to be the default browser that opens up when you click links on other programs.
You could easily adjust these in the options or settings of the respective browsers so that one is the default, and the other is not.
If you need more instruction about it (depending on which browsers you’re using), feel free to ask.

mangeons's avatar

I don’t care about IE anyway, @samanthabarnum, because FF>IE, I just don’t want Firefox to go disappearing on me if I download another browser.

dpworkin's avatar

It won’t disappear if you say no when the new one asks to be the “default” browser. And if by some chance it does disappear, come back here and tell me, and I will help you get it back in a jiffy. I promise.

dpworkin's avatar

Any time.

mangeons's avatar

@pdworkin I downloaded Chrome to see, unchecked the “Set as default” box, and it worked! Wow, Chrome is WAY different. Not sure if I like it or not yet.

dpworkin's avatar

Great! Try a few more! I’m glad you feel comfortable about it now.

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samanthabarnum's avatar

@kibaxcheza I’m pretty sure none of us are morons. IE can be mostly gotten rid of (if not entirely) and I’m pretty sure you don’t know what you’re talking about as far as the directory.

dpworkin's avatar

@kibaxcheza No one here is a moron. One person was a little confused about what happens when you change a default program, and now that person understands. Why so rude?

styfle's avatar

Browsers don’t overwrite each other as stated above. Just like how you can download different word processors or any other software, they aren’t updates, they are completely different software. I’m sure you are referring to default browser which is changed in the preferences of that particular browser. It sounds like you have your questions answered though.

kibaxcheza's avatar

“but I’m afraid it’ll get rid of Firefox (Which I LOVE) like it did with IE when I downloaded FF”

IE is built into the Windows OS. Internet explorer, Windows explorer….. There are no true confidences, only situations played out to seem as such….

and i do… i literly just did it like 2:10 am Easter TZ.

and you dont have to change anytype of configuration at all…. my main browser is still IE, but i havent seen it in ages because firefox is already open, so it simply just open a new tab….

as for the moron part, you may be right, and it might me a little harsh. But then again; everything is harsh in the world gone soft.

dpworkin's avatar

So for some reason you are confusing a lack of sophistication about the way operating systems and software work with a lack of intelligence. You are not looking very deeply, it seems to me. I’ve been around computers since 1981, and I am very comfortable with them, but I am aware that many people find them mysterious, so I am glad to help them. I guess I must have gone soft.

kibaxcheza's avatar

now thats annoying…..

my response didnt go through….

screw it, as i told my friend tonight “Im not in the mood to convince a brick wall to move”

in summery: 1) im not impressed by you trying to flash the E pen
2) this world needs to pay more attention to detail and plan moves accordingly
3) look around and see why im calling the world soft, its not because you wanna get your small feeling of being someones 30 second superman

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

[Mod says] Constructive feedback please.

styfle's avatar

Ok then, I’m gonna unfollow this one now…

Sarcasm's avatar

I missed a day of Fluther, I apologize

You can open up a run prompt (Hold down the windows key and hit R), and then type iexplore into the field, in case you ever want to get back to internet explorer.

I’m sure it’s already been said in the 20+ replies that installing one browser doesn’t delete another, so I won’t repeat that.

kibaxcheza's avatar

you uh… just did….

Sarcasm's avatar

Did not! You lie.

mangeons's avatar

@Sarcasm Thanks, that also worked!

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