Firefox and Plugins

Category: Quickies


I'm running Firefox and I wish to install Adobe Acrobat reader 6.0. When I run the installer, a window pops up and says I need to install Windows Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher, then aborts the install. I have no intention of installing Explorer so how do I get Acrobat to install?


Grrrr! I had the same problem when trying to install a different plugin. Firefox kept telling me I had to install Internet Explorer (which I already have) and Windows Media Player (also already installed). This is just one of the reasons I went back to IE as my main browser. Anyone have a solution?

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Posted by:

Steve Richards
31 Aug 2005

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher is required for istalling Adobe Reader in Windows, according to Adobe. No way around it, I think. Why not use "Foxit PDF Reader" instead. It is used by many people who use Firefox and have removed Internet Explorer from their computers. Read about it here:

Posted by:

Mark O'Neill
07 Sep 2005

Internet Explorer should already be installed on your computer anyway (you can't uninstall it). So just open IE just this once, download Adobe Reader, then close IE again. It won't bite if you only use it once!!!

EDITOR'S NOTE: Yes, I know it's already there. So why is Firefox telling me to download and install it again??? Opening it during the plugin install attempt doesn't help.

Posted by:

18 Nov 2005

I uninstalled IE using a utility from I had a very, very hard time re-installing IE5.5 and could never upgrade to IE6.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Removing IE from a Windows machine will damage the operating system in a way that you don't want. It's a crucial part of the OS and should be left in place, even if you choose to use a different browser for Web access.

Posted by:

Robert Gentry
21 Nov 2007

Dear Sir; I hope you saw that the web site was "seeing" firefox, not IE. Try to download Windows Updates using Firefox. You can't do it. Why? Because you were using Firefox, not IE. And do use Foxit Reader. It loads much faster that Adobe. Check out the Firefox extensions page for some good extensions. I just ran across this looking around on your web site. Hope I'm not to late. Have a good day.

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