On Windows 7, I think IE8 is installed. If it remains installed when you run Windows Update, it'll let you download a newer version of it. If IE isn't installed at the time though, it won't show the update. Simplix Update Pack also has a /IE11 switch for installing IE11, but by default it isn't installed. I don't use IE for browsing. Is it a good idea to update it anyway? Or should I keep it at whatever version it comes as? Does updating IE cause any issues or give any kind of benefit if I don't plan on using it directly for browsing? From my understanding, certain programs can use core IE files (Xfire used to do this a few years ago). Updating IE did affect Xfire if I recall right, even after removing IE later.