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How Do I Update Internet Explorer?

Update to Internet Explorer 11, the Latest Version of IE


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You might want to update Internet Explorer for any of several different reasons. Maybe you heard that Microsoft released a new version of their web browser and you'd like to try it out. You'll need to update Internet Explorer to do that.

Perhaps you're dealing with a problem with Internet Explorer and other troubleshooting steps haven't worked. In many cases like this, you can update IE and the problem may go away.

Regardless the reason, it's very easy to update Internet Explorer.

"How Do I Update Internet Explorer?"

You can update Internet Explorer by downloading and installing the latest version from Microsoft.

The latest version of Internet Explorer is IE11. You can download Internet Explorer 11 from Microsoft here.

IE11 is included in Windows 8 (as of the Windows 8.1 update) and is also available for Windows 7. In most cases, however, the newest version of Internet Explorer will automatically install at some point after its release via Windows Update.

That's really all there is to it. Just download and install the installation file from Microsoft, or automatically update via Windows Update. 

Internet Explorer will update automatically, keeping all of your favorites, cookies, form history, and saved passwords intact.

You do not need to uninstall your current version of IE to update Internet Explorer.

Incremental updates to Internet Explorer, like those that correct small bugs or fix security issues, are always best received via Windows Update.

Important: You should only update Internet Explorer from Microsoft. Several legitimate websites offer Internet Explorer downloads but many not-so-legitimate websites also do. Your best bet is to update Internet Explorer directly from the browser's developer - Microsoft.

Note: The latest version of Internet Explorer for Windows Vista is IE9 and is available for download here.

Having problems updating Internet Explorer?

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know exactly the problem you're having with the IE update, what Windows operating system you're using, the version of IE you have now, and the one you're trying up upgrade to.

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