How Do I Update My Browser in Windows?

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
Windows Update lets you search for the latest IE updates.
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Step 2

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

Internet Explorer
Windows Update may take a while to search for the latest updates.
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Step 3

Select the Important Updates are Available option.

Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer updates are listed under Important Updates.
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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
Internet Explorer downloads and installs the updates.
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Step 5

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

Internet Explorer
Exit the Windows Update applet if you want to restart later.
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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
The Firefox menu bar's hidden by default.
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Step 2

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

Mozilla Firefox
Firefox notifies you if no updates are available.
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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
Firefox closes, applies the updates, and restarts.
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Google Chrome

Step 1

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

Google Chrome
Click the button with three horizontal lines to open the Chrome menu.
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Step 2

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

Google Chrome
Chrome notifies you if no updates are available.
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Step 3

Click Relaunch when prompted to apply the updates.

Google Chrome
Chrome applies the updates and automatically restarts.
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