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In this section I am going to show you how to download and install the e-mail client (program) called Thunderbird from Mozilla (creators of the Firefox web browser). In the next section I will then continue from this section by showing you how to configure Thunderbird with an existing e-mail account. Therefore the installation process is in two parts, technically. You may want to install Thunderbird as an alternative e-mail client to the Windows MAIL App, especially if you do not have Windows Live Mail or any other e-mail client installed.

Thunderbird is an E-Mail Client (program) that allows you to automatically login to an existing e-mail account in order to then send and receive e-mail, among other things. The beauty of this is that you do not need to login to your Web Mail e-mail account (i.e. TalkTalk website e-mail account) in order to send and receive e-mail. Thunderbird is roughly the same as Windows Live Mail, the Windows MAIL App and Outlook 2016 and therefore ideal if you do not have any of those e-mail clients (programs/apps) installed and/or if you have seen Thunderbird in action and liked what you saw.


Begin by typing https://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/thunderbird/ into your web browser's Address Bar edit box and then click on its GO button (or press the ENTER keyboard key). This will take you to the Mozilla Thunderbird download web page where you then need to click on the FREE DOWNLOAD button.

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Fig 1.0 - Click on the FREE DOWNLOAD link to continue

After clicking on the FREE DOWNLOAD button the process of downloading the Thunderbird setup (Installation) file will begin. As it is download your web browser, in this example Microsoft Edge, should bring up a 'Download Progress Bar/Meter' notification (message requester) informing you of the percentage of the file (or file size) downloaded so far. If you want to stop/quit the download process simply click on the notification's CANCEL button; otherwise let the 'Download Progress Bar/Meter' reach 100%.

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Fig 1.1 - Click on the CANCLE button if you want to stop/quit the download process

When the download process has completed another notification (message requester) will appear giving you the option to RUN (launch/execute) the Thunderbird setup (Installation) file or view the list of downloaded files so far via the VIEW DOWNLOADS button. In this example click on the VIEW DOWNLOADS button to continue.

With some web browsers you might see a SAVE / SAVE AS notification (message requester) instead. It depends how the web browser has been set up. It will either be set to automatically download files into the DOWNLOADS folder or be set to ask you where you want downloaded files stored every time via its SAVE AS notification (message requester). If the latter is the case for your web browser simply click on the SAVE button to save the downloaded file into the DOWNLOADS folder or click on the SAVE AS button to browse for a folder to store the downloaded file into.

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Fig 1.2 - Click on the VIEW DOWNLOADS button to continue

Clicking on the VIEW DOWNLOADS button (above) opens the Notifications Sidebar in the web browser called Microsoft Edge (below). From there you can click on a listed download (i.e. Thunderbird Setup 38.3.0.exe) to run (launch/execute) its associated (downloaded) file or you can click on the OPEN FOLDER link to open the DOWNLOADS folder from where you can then run (launch/execute) the downloaded file. In this example click on the OPEN FOLDER link to continue.

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Fig 1.3 - Click on the OPEN FOLDER link to continue

When the DOWNLOADS folder opens (below) you should see the downloaded file called Thunderbird Setup 38.3.0.exe. Double click on it to run (launch/execute) the setup file, otherwise known as the Installation Wizard.

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Fig 1.4 - Double click on the file called Thunderbird Setup 38.3.0.exe to continue

The installation wizard in this example is a whole download, which means the software (Thunderbird) and the installation wizard have been built side-by-side, as one file, for downloading. This is because Mozilla can afford the bandwidth (download units) needed for each download. Many companies these days have decided it is best to download the installation wizard separately so that it can carry out eligibility checks first - Is your computer running Windows? Do you have enough Memory and so on. Therefore avoiding a whole download (bandwidth costs to them and you).

Normally you RUN an installation wizard because you want to download the software straight away. However, there may be times when you want the software downloaded later and only want the installation wizard saved now (i.e. you might only want to carry out the eligibility checks, perhaps on your computer and a friend's computer - Remember though. Eligibility checks may need an internet connection and therefore may not be possible otherwise. Hence why it is best to RUN the installation wizard at the time and not later. In other words, the SAVEd installation wizard file might not work as mentioned if it needs a constant internet connection to the software's server throughout the installation process for example). With Mozilla allowing you to download Thunderbird as one file (a whole download) you have the benefit of installing it on multiple computers, with the same downloaded file (i.e. you could download it from an internet café onto your flash drive and then install it on your friend's computer later).


After double clicking on the setup file called Thunderbird Setup 38.3.0.exe (Fig 1.4 above) its files, including its built-in Installation Wizard files (instructions/components/scripts), will be extracting (unpacking); a bit like a Zip file.

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Fig 1.5 - Extracting (Unpacking) the setup files within the Thunderbird Setup 38.3.0.exe file

When the extraction process has finished a UAC (User Account Control) system requester or standard security requester will appear, depending on whether or not you have installed Thunderbird previously. Either way, you will asked if you would like to run the Thunderbird Setup 38.3.0.exe file (Fig 1.6 below) and more precisely its internal installation script (instructions) which are taken care of by the Installation Wizard. If you want to continue with the installation of Thunderbird simply click on the YES button (or RUN button) to continue.

UAC System Requester

Fig 1.6 - Click on the UAC system requester's YES button to continue

User Account Control (UAC) is a feature of Windows 10 that helps to prevent unauthorized changes to the computer, such as deleting a system file or installing software. When attempting to install the Thunderbird e-mail client (program) the UAC security requester above automatically blocks you off, because it wants to know if you are the one attempting to install the program and not a robotic piece of malicious software for example. In the above case simply click on the YES button to continue, or on the NO button to cancel the installation process.

After clicking on the YES button (or RUN button, depending on the security requester that appears) the Thunderbird Installation Wizard begins the installation process with the Welcome Message window - Click on its NEXT button to continue. The job of the installation wizard is to guide you through the actual installation of Thunderbird to ensure that Thunderbird is installed and Windows 10 registered.....for later uninstallation, if necessary.

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Fig 1.7 - The Welcome Message window - Click on the NEXT button to continue

The next window gives you a choice on whether or not you want to customise the installation with regards to picking which Folder Thunderbird uses for its installation files and future updated files and which icons to create (Desktop icon, Quick Launch Toolbar icon and/or Start Menu folder). If you want the installation wizard to decide these things for you simply leave the STANDARD option set and then click on the NEXT button to continue. In this example I will go through the custom stages by selecting the CUSTOM option (radio/dot/circle button) before clicking on the NEXT button.

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Fig 1.8 - Click on the CUSTOM button and then on the NEXT button to continue

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Fig 1.9 - Click on the NEXT button to continue

In Fig 1.9 above you do not have to BROWSE for a different folder to store the installation files in just because you chose to use the CUSTOM option. The above BROWSE button is simply giving you the option to change the destination (installation files) storage folder if you want to. If there are any custom options you do not want to change simply leave them as they are, on their default settings.

The next option you are faced with, called INSTALL MAINTENANCE SERVICE (below), is asking if you want to install an extra update and maintenance service that installs updates automatically. I do not advise this simply because, as with any automatic update service, if/when an update (or even maintenance task) screws up Thunderbird there is normally nothing you can do to reverse the unwanted problems/side-effects other than to reinstall Thunderbird. And even though you can switch off this service, once installed, what is the point of istallaing an additional service you will not use. So my advise is to untick the INSTALL MAINTENANCE SERVICE option before clicking on the NEXT button. You can always manually check for updates.

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Fig 1.10 - Untick the INSTALL MAINTENANCE SERVICE option before clicking on the NEXT button

By default the options in Fig 1.11 below are all set (switched on/ticked). They are to do with where you want the Thunderbird shortcut links putting, if anywhere. You can have a shortcut link put on the Desktop and/or on the START Menu (ALL APPS). If you do not want a shortcut link creating in one of those places simply untick its option before clicking on the NEXT button to continue.

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Fig 1.11 - Leave a tick next to the options you want and untick the options you do not want

Regardless if you used the STANDARD option or CUSTOM option (Fig 1.8 above), perhaps with additional options (Figures 1.9 to 1.11 above), the next step of the installation process (below) details which destination folder will be used to store your Standard or Custom installation settings and files - In this example, the destination folder is C: >> Program Files (x86) >> Mozilla Thunderbird. It might also tell you that Thunderbird will be your default e-mail client (as ticked in Fig 1.8 above) depending on the version of Thunderbird you are installing.

To continue, click on the INSTALL button where you will then see a green progress gauge (Fig 1.12 below) as the installation process continues. When the whole installation is complete click on the FINISH button.

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Fig 1.12 - Installing Thunderbird specific folders/files inside the destination storage folder

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Fig 1.13 - Click on the FINISH button to continue - Thunderbird has been installed

Before clicking on the FINISH button you might want to untick the LAUNCH MOZILLA THUNDERBIRD NOW option, if you are not ready to bring an existing e-mail account into Thunderbird and more precisely that e-mail account's ISP Server (Pop3 and SMTP) details and User Name & Password. If you are ready though leave that option ticked and click on the FINISH button to continue. Doing so will bring up the Thunderbird e-mail account Migration Wizard (not shown here) that allows you to set up (import) existing e-mail accounts, but that process is more for someone who has already installed Thunderbird and/or for someone who has existing e-mail account details on the computer or to hand. So as a first timer you can ignore (close down) any windows that appear after the above FINISH window and then continue to the next section, where I will be showing you how to set up an e-mail account anyway.


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