How to Update Internet Explorer on XP

By Kefa Olang

Updated September 28, 2017

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In Windows XP systems, Internet Explorer (IE) comes preinstalled in the operating system. However, it is important to update your browser so that you can improve online security, browsing speed, and compatibility with add-ons such as toolbars and download managers. Updating your browser also installs fixes that minimize errors and improve your browser's performance. Update Internet Explorer in Windows XP quickly using these simple steps.

Close all the programs that you are currently using. Go to the Internet Explorer download page and select the language that you want to use in the "Select Language" box.

Click the "Download" button. When prompted, click "Save" to launch the file-saving dialog box. Select the desktop as the location to save the IE installation file to, and then click "Save".

Double-click the IE installation you downloaded to the desktop and click "Run". The installation wizard launches. Follow the guided prompts to complete the installation. When you see the installation confirmation, restart your computer.

Verify that you are now using the latest version of IE. To do so, click the Windows "Start" button after restarting your computer, and then click "Internet Explorer" to launch the web browser. Click the "Help" menu located on the top and click "About Internet Explorer". A new pop-up window launches. You should see the latest version in the "Version" section.