How to Upgrade IE7 to IE8

By Kefa Olang

Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) is IE7's successor. It includes security enhancements such as smart-screen filters to minimize malware downloading, as well as an InPrivate feature that allows Internet browsing without saving a history. IE7 primarily is found in Windows Vista and XP operating systems. Without uninstalling IE7, you can upgrade to IE8 in minutes and enjoy the upgraded browsers new features and enhancements.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet Explorer 7

Step 1

Go to the IE8 download page (See Resources). Click the "Download" link in the upper right corner.

Step 2

Select your country or region, and then click the operating system you are using. IE8 is pre-installed on Windows 7.

Step 3

Click "Run." The setup wizard launches. Read and accept the terms and click "Next." Follow the guided prompts on the setup wizard to complete the installation. When prompted, restart your computer.

Step 4

Click the "Start" menu and click "Internet Explorer" to launch IE8 after restarting your computer. When prompted, follow the guided prompts to personalize your browser. Select the "Ask me later" option if you prefer to customize your browser another time.