Internet Explorer 8 (also known as MSIE8 and IE8) — is the eighth version of Internet Explorer browser, developed by Microsoft. This version became available on March 19, 2009 and was intended to replace Internet Explorer 7 in such operating systems like Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. As it is a very complete and reliable website, it becomes a good option to download our copy of Internet Explorer 8 or other later versions. We will have the versions corresponding to Windows XP, Windows XP 64 bits, Windows Vista and Windows Vista 64 bits, occupying between 13 and 32 MB depending on the version.
There is a old computer here that is running WinXP and IE7 (yes, 7). I'd like to update it IE8, which is the latest version that is allowed to run on WinXP. I know support for XP has ended, but I thought support ending meant no new releases, not that you can't download anything at all. The Microsoft web site only brings up a screen saying support has ended whenever trying to update anything on XP.
So does 'support ending' mean you can't download anything, or are the last versions available somewhere? If so, where?
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I think that you could try downloading an offline installer from the links provided here:
Since they link to microsoft.com, I presume that they are safe to install. As safe as IE8 is, anyway ;-)
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http://www.itechtics.com/download-internet-explorer-all-versionsprovidedhttp://download.microsoft.com/download/C/C/0/CC0BD555-33DD-411E-936B-73AC6F95AE11/IE8-WindowsXP-x86-ENU.exewhich did work. Consider that as a less roundabout way than coming at it via windows update.Michael Hampton
As both Michael Hampton and Journeyman Geek mentioned in comments (I would have been happy to upvote and accept either as a answer), Windows Update still works on XP, and automatically updates IE to version 8. I tried this and it worked.
However, Windows Update is not necessarily in the Start menu. You can reliably get to the Windows Update page by going to Control Panel, then Automatic Updates.