Installing the Tor Browser Bundle is easy. It’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux, but we’ll go through the process for Windows. First, go to https://www.torproject.org/ - the ‘s’ after ‘http’ is important, as it means (among other things) that your computer is verifying that the website you’re talking to is what it claims to be. Click the large ‘download Tor’ button, and, when the website loads a new page, click the orange button labelled ‘Download Tor Browser Bundle.’
A download will begin. When it’s finished, you can view it in your download bar or download menu. When the down-load has finished, run it, and you should see a window appear. Select a directory where you want to install the Tor program and associated files (if in doubt, put it on your Desktop). Make a note of the directory you selected and click ‘extract’ at the prompt that you see. A loading bar will appear.
When the extraction is finished, go to the directory you selected. You’ll see a folder named ‘Tor Browser’ - open it, and you’ll see a document entitled ‘Start Tor Browser.exe’ In Windows, right-click on the file, and select ‘send to.’ In the sub menu you see next, click ‘Desktop (create shortcut).’ This allows you to access the Tor browser easily from the desk-top. Go to your desktop and double click on the Tor shortcut (it will have a cartoon image of an onion). This will open a small menu with a loading bar labelled ‘Vidalia control panel.’ When the loading bar completes, check to make sure that it shows an active connection to the Tor network (see below). If it doesn’t, you may have an issue with your Tor connection. Go to the ‘support’ section below for suggestions.
A few seconds after the connection is established, the Tor browser itself will open and display a test page. It should look something like this:
Congratulations! You’re now connected to the Tor network. If it tells you to update your client, do so before moving on (this is very important).