How to Update Internet Explorer

Use Microsoft's website to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11, the latest and final version of IE

There are few reasons to update Internet Explorer now that it's been discontinued. However, if you're having problems with IE and other troubleshooting steps haven't worked, upgrading to the latest and final version might be the fix you need.

Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer and recommends that you update to the newer Edge browser. Head to their site to download Edge.

How to Download and Update Internet Explorer

To update Internet Explorer, download and install it from Microsoft.

Only update Internet Explorer from Microsoft. Several legitimate websites offer Internet Explorer downloads, but many not-so-legitimate websites do as well.

  1. Visit Microsoft's download center.

    You don't need to uninstall the current version of IE to update Internet Explorer to the latest version. The updated version replaces the outdated one.

  2. Choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit link to get that version for your computer. If you're not sure which download link to choose, find out which version of Windows is installed on your computer.

    Download links for Internet Explorer
  3. When the installation files finish downloading, Internet Explorer updates (or upgrades) automatically, and keeps your favorites, cookies, form history, and saved passwords intact.

    Person updating Internet Explorer on a laptop
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What Is the Latest Version of Internet Explorer?

The latest version of Internet Explorer is IE11. Find out what version of Internet Explorer you have if you're not sure if Internet Explorer is up-to-date.

In most cases, the newest version of Internet Explorer should have automatically installed at some point after its release through Windows Update. If the update wasn't automatic, check for and install the Windows update manually.

Microsoft Edge Browser

Internet Explorer has been replaced by a browser called Edge (formerly Spartan). It's available by default in Windows 11 and Windows 10 and as a download from Microsoft for macOS and other versions of Windows.

Microsoft Edge download page

The easiest way to update Edge in Windows 11/10 is through Windows Update. If you're not using those Windows versions, check for an update from the About Microsoft Edge page in the settings, or download Edge manually from Microsoft to get the latest version.

IE Support in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, & XP

IE11 is included in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, so you don't have to download it from Microsoft. You can also install IE11 in Windows 7 by downloading and installing it as directed above.

If you're using Windows 8, IE10 is the latest version of IE you can use. IE11 comes included in the free Windows 8.1 update. If you want IE11, update to Windows 8.1.

The latest version of Internet Explorer for Windows Vista is IE9, available for download. For Windows XP, Internet Explorer maxes out at IE8.

If you download Internet Explorer on a version of Windows that the web browser isn't compatible with (for example, installing IE8 in Windows 8.1), you're taken to a different page, but you can still click through the steps to download it.

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