Internet Explorer 11 Won’t Receive Updates on Windows 7 Anymore

Microsoft is no longer supporting Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7. This means that the browser will not receive updates, even for critical vulnerabilities. IE11 is superseded by Microsoft Edge Chromium, which is available for Windows 7 as well.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer 11 is a web browser that comes bundled with many Windows versions. In Windows 10, Microsoft recommends and promotes a new browser called "Edge". The Edge browser is a Universal app. Some users who like Microsoft's browsers prefer to stay with the good, old Internet Explorer, which is a native Win32 app.


Internet Explorer saw the last major update with Windows 10 Build 16362, where it got a separate search box next to the address bar.

A few days ago Microsoft has updated the download page for IE11 for Windows 7. The updated page states that the browser is no longer supported.

If you’re running Windows 7, the latest version of Internet Explorer that you can install is Internet Explorer 11. However, Internet Explorer 11 is no longer supported on Windows 7. Instead, we recommend you install the new Microsoft Edge. The new Microsoft Edge was built to bring you the best of the web, with more control and more privacy as you browse.

Though it's no longer supported, you can download and install Internet Explorer 11.

Windows 7 SP1 has reached its end of support on January 14, 2020. Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended back in 2015. Since that time the OS hasn't received any new feature. The OS can be considered classic software and it is widely used by users all over the world.

Windows 7 remains a very popular operating system as of this writing. This will eventually change, since Microsoft is not interested in supporting or selling Windows 7 any more. Windows 10 is the only version that is allowed to be sold and licensed. Microsoft has also shifted their attention to the Software-as-a-Service business model with Windows 10 and Office 365.

The Redmond software giant may support Edge on Windows 7 by following Chrome's support schedule. As you may remember,  Google promised to support the retired OS for at least 18 months, until July 15th 2021.

If you are still using Windows 7, switching to Chrome, Edge or Firefox is a good idea. IE11 remains in use mostly among enterprise customers.


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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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