The latest version of Internet Explorer is faster, more secure, and has better web standards support than older versions. If you use Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, upgrading to Internet Explorer 11 has significant benefits—and enabling automatic updating ensures that your system will always be up-to-date. This is important, because two-thirds of all desktop computers are still using older, less secure browsers. See the instructions below for how to make sure your system is current with the latest updates.
Turn on automatic updating in Control Panel
After you set up automatic updating, all the latest security and performance improvements will be installed on your PC quickly and reliably.
Pay attention to Windows Update warnings
When you turn on automatic updating, most updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes Windows Update will need your input during an installation. In this case, you'll see an alert in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar—be sure to click it.
Other steps you can take to help protect your computer
Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP. To stay protected after support ends, you have two options:
Upgrade your current PC
Very few older computers will be able to run Windows 8.1, which is the latest version of Windows. We recommend that you download and run the Windows Upgrade Assistant to check whether your PC meets the system requirements for Windows 8.1, and then follow the steps in the tutorial to upgrade if your PC is compatible. For more detailed information, read the FAQ.
Get a new PC
If your current PC can't run Windows 8.1, it might be time to consider shopping for a new one. Be sure to explore the great selection of new PCs. They're more powerful, lightweight, and stylish than ever before—and the average price is considerably less than it cost to buy a PC 10 years ago.
Commercial customers may have standardized on earlier versions of Internet Explorer, which is why Microsoft introduced Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 in April. Enterprise Mode offers better backward compatibility for earlier versions of Internet Explorer, and tools to manage which web apps use it. By offering better backward compatibility, Microsoft is making it easier than ever before for commercial customers to upgrade and stay current on the latest version of Internet Explorer. In addition to increased security, Internet Explorer 11 also helps unblock upgrades to Windows 8.1, services like Office 365, and the latest Windows devices.
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