How to download and install Silverlight on Windows 10

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Microsoft Silverlight was used in the past, but with rapid change of Internet and introduction of new technologies Silverlight was replaced by them.

If you want to use Silverlight on Windows 10, today we’re going to show you how to do it.

Microsoft Silverlight is an application framework developed by Microsoft and it was used to create rich Internet applications.

Silverlight was used similarly as Adobe Flash, and companies such as Netflix and Amazon Video used it for video streaming.

With the development of new technologies such as HTML5, Adobe Flash and Silverlight were replaced by it, and therefore Microsoft stopped developing Silverlight in 2013.

Currently, Microsoft is releasing patches and bug fixes for Silverlight, and that should last until October 2021.

Since Silverlight isn’t being actively developed anymore, Microsoft dropped the support for it in Microsoft Edge, but you can still use it for out-of-browser apps.

If you want to use Silverlight online, Internet Explorer 11 still has support for Silverlight, so you might want to use it instead of Edge.

Therefore, sites will continue to have Silverlight options in Windows 10.

Also, in 2017, Microsoft updated Silverlight to support it on Windows mobile.

You need to be sure to have all the updates for Silverlight in Windows 10 because the old versions of Java and Silverlight were blocked for Internet Explorer.

How to install Silverlight on Windows 10?

To install Microsoft Silverlight, you need to do the following:

  1. Go to Microsoft’s website and download Silverlight.
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  2. After downloading it, you should be able to use it without any problems.
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As we already mentioned, if you visit a website that still uses Silverlight, you’ll have to use Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox in order to display Silverlight content.

Google Chrome has dropped support for NPAPI plug-ins and it doesn’t run Java or Silverlight anymore, so you’ll have to use one of aforementioned browsers.

Silverlight was once a popular framework, but it was replaced by HTML5, and in fact, even Microsoft recommends streaming services to use HTML5 over Silverlight.

HTML5 is supported by all major modern browsers. It works perfectly on all platforms and devices, and there are no additional plug-ins to install.

Silverlight is slowly but surely becoming a thing of a past, and even Microsoft suggests users to move on from Silverlight to different technologies.

If you still need to run Silverlight, you can download it and install it by following the instructions above.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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