How to download Microsoft Edge Chromium for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Users with older versions of Windows can now download and install the final version of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium.

Microsoft Edge Chromium for Windows 7, 8, 8.1
Microsoft Edge Chromium for Windows 7, 8, 8.1

Although Microsoft has released the new version Microsoft Edge based on Chromium primarily for modern operating systems, such as Windows 10 and macOS, the company is also making it available for older versions, including for Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

This is virtually the same version of the browser as the one available for Windows 10, as such you’ll find almost all the same features, including Internet Explorer mode for enterprise customers, but features like dark mode won’t work until future updates.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to download and install the new version of Microsoft Edge on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.

How to install Microsoft Edge Chromium on Windows 7, 8, 8.1

To download and install Microsoft Edge on Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge website.

  2. Under the “Windows” section, click the down arrow button within the “Download” button, and select the Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 option. (If you’re loading the site using an older version of Windows, the version will be selected automatically.)

    Microsoft Edge download for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1
    Microsoft Edge download for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1
  3. Click the Accept and download button to save the installer on your device.

  4. Double-click the MicrosoftEdgeSetup.exe to install Chromium Edge.

Once you complete the steps, the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge will install on your device running an older version of Windows.

Also, because the Chromium version of Edge uses a separate update mechanism from Windows Update, Microsoft will be releasing updates as soon as they’re ready for all supported versions, including for all versions of Windows and macOS.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].