How to Automatically Check for Internet Explorer Updates

By Tammy Clevenger

You can update Microsoft Internet Explorer automatically in two ways. The Windows Automatic Update feature will automatically update Internet Explorer to newer versions when released. The Automatically Check for Internet Explorer Updates feature within Internet Explorer will check for applicable add-ins and updates for the browser. Configure the Automatic Updates feature in the Windows Control Panel, and configure the Automatically Check for Internet Explorer Updates feature in Internet Options in Internet Explorer.

Turn On Automatic Update in Windows

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button, and then click the "Control Panel" link.

Step 2

Click the "Automatic Updates" icon.

Step 3

Click "Turn On Automatic Updates," and then select the frequency and time to check for updates.

Step 4

Click "OK." New versions of Internet Explorer will be downloaded and installed according to your specifications.

Turn On Automatically Check for Internet Explorer Updates in Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open the Internet Explorer Web browser.

Step 2

Click the "Tools" option from the top navigation bar, and then select "Internet Options."

Step 3

Click the tab labeled "Advanced."

Step 4

Check the check box labeled "Automatically Check for Internet Explorer Updates."

Step 5

Click "OK." The Automatically Check for Internet Explorer Updates feature is enabled in Internet Explorer.