What Version of Internet Explorer Do I Have?

How to determine the version of IE you have installed

Do you know what version of Internet Explorer you have installed? Do you know why it's important to know what IE version you're using?

Knowing the version number is helpful so you don't waste your time updating if you don't need to. It's also useful so you know which tutorials to follow when you're trying to diagnose a problem, or maybe so you can communicate that version number to someone that's helping you solve a problem with the browser.

There are two ways to do this. The first is through Internet Explorer itself, and is much easier than the second method that uses the Command Prompt.

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

Instructions in this article apply to Windows Vista and newer.

Find the Version Number With Internet Explorer

The easiest way is to check the version number from the About Internet Explorer dialog box:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.​ 

    Start menu highlighting Internet Explorer for Windows 10

    If you're on Windows 11/10 and are actually looking for the version number of the Edge browser, see the section at the very bottom of this page for instructions on doing that.

  2. Select the gear icon or use the Alt+X keyboard shortcut.​

    Tools/Gear icon in Internet Explorer Windows 10

    Older versions of Internet Explorer, as well as newer versions that are configured in a certain way, show a traditional menu. If so, select Help instead.

  3. Choose About Internet Explorer.

    About Internet Explorer menu item in Gear icon in WIndows 10 Internet Explorer
  4. The major version of IE, like Internet Explorer 11, is obviously apparent thanks to the big logo that has the version appended.

    The complete version number that you're running can be found next to Version under the logo.

    A screenshot of the Internet Explorer "about" screen with the version number highlighted

Use a Command to Locate the IE Version Number

Another method is to enter the following command in Command Prompt to check what Windows Registry says about the Internet Explorer version:

reg query "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer" /v svcVersion

The result should read something like this, where in this example, 11.706.17134.0 is the version number:

A screenshot of Command Prompt in Windows with the version number of Internet Explorer highlighted
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer
 svcVersion REG_SZ 11.706.17134.0

How to Make Sure IE Is Updated

Now that you know what version of Internet Explorer you have, you need to determine if updating IE is the next step.

See how to update Internet Explorer for more on this, including information on the latest version of IE, which versions of Windows support which versions of Internet Explorer, and much more.

Internet Explorer isn't just a browser, it's also the way in which Windows itself communicates with the internet to, for example, download patches to be installed via Windows Update. Keeping it updated is important, then, even if you don't use it to surf the web.

What About Microsoft Edge?

Remember that Edge isn't the same as Internet Explorer. Here's how to check its version number:

  1. Select the three dots (...) at the top right.

  2. Go to Help and feedback > About Microsoft Edge.

    A screenshot of Microsoft Edge with the "About Microsoft Edge" item highlighted
  3. Look for the Edge version number on the right side of the screen.

    About Microsoft Edge screen showing version number

Another way to get to this screen is from the browser's settings. Search for version to quickly find Edge's full version number.

There's also a PowerShell command that will display the Edge version number:

Windows PowerShell get itemproperty command for Edge version number
(Get-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Edge\BLBeacon -Name version).version

If you prefer Command Prompt, use reg query:

reg query HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Edge\BLBeacon /v version
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