How Do I Update My Browser in Windows?

By Andrew Meer

Applying the latest updates to your Web browser prevents any compatibility or security issues while surfing the Internet.

By default, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are automatically updated with the latest patches and security fixes. Rather than waiting for automatic updates to happen, you can opt to update your Web browser manually. Internet Explorer lets you check for updates via Windows Update, while Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome let you force updates by checking the browser’s About screen.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer, and then press Alt-T to open the Tools menu. Click Windows Update to launch the Windows Update applet.

Internet Explorer

Step 2

Click Check for Updates to search for the latest Internet Explorer updates.

Internet Explorer

Step 3

Select the Important Updates are Available option.

Internet Explorer

Step 4

Check the updates that have Internet Explorer as part of the update name, and then click Install to update Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer

Step 5

Click Restart Now when prompted to restart your computer, or exit the applet if you want to restart later.

Internet Explorer

Tip

If you are using Windows 7, you can upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 from the Microsoft Download Center. You can't upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 if you are on Windows 8, though you can still receive security fixes and compatibility updates via Windows Update.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Open Mozilla Firefox, and then press Alt-H to open the Help menu. Select About Firefox to open the About Mozilla Firefox pop-up window.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 2

Wait while Mozilla Firefox searches for and downloads the latest updates to your computer.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 3

Click Restart Firefox to Update to apply the updates. If prompted, click Yes on the UAC pop-up box to confirm that you want to update Firefox.

Mozilla Firefox

Tip

If Firefox fails to download the latest updates, remove the application, and then reinstall it using the latest version from Mozilla. To remove Mozilla Firefox, press Window-R, enter appwiz.cpl, and then click OK. Select Mozilla Firefox from the list of applications, and then click Uninstall.

Google Chrome

Step 1

On any Google Chrome window, open the Chrome menu, and then select About Google Chrome.

Google Chrome

Step 2

Wait while Google Chrome searches for the latest updates and downloads them to your computer.

Google Chrome

Step 3

Click Relaunch when prompted to apply the updates.

Google Chrome

Tip

When running Google Chrome for an extended period of the time, the three horizontal lines that opens the Chrome menu may change color if an update's been available for more than two days. In this case, open the Chrome menu, click Update Google Chrome, and then click Restart to apply the update.