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Update Apple’s Safari Browser in Windows

Each web browser provides a different way to check for updates, most of which are fairly straightforward and reside in the browser itself. Firefox makes it easy to check for updates through the Help menu.

Opera also provides an easy way to check for updates using the Help menu.

Even Google Chrome makes this easy by automatically downloading and installing updates. However, if you are using the Apple Safari browser, how do you check for updates? The refresh mechanism for Safari is not available as an option in the browser.

Installing Safari also installed an Apple software update that provides an easy way to update Safari.

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If you don’t have Safari installed yet, you can download it from here:

http: //applldnld.apple.com/Safari5/041-5487.20120509.INU8B/SafariSetup.exe

It’s worth noting that Apple’s latest version of Windows was released in 2012, so it’s really old!

No shortcut has been created for Apple Software Update, so navigate to the following directory containing the .exe file in Windows Explorer:

C: Program Files Apple Software Update

Double click the SoftwareUpdate.exe file.

Apple Software Update begins checking for new software.

When the check for new software is complete, the Apple Software Update dialog box appears. Updates for any Apple software you have installed are listed in the first field of the list. The program also informs you about any new software available that you have not installed in the second list.

Select the software you want to update and / or install by checking the appropriate boxes. Once you’ve made your choice, click the Install button at the bottom, which will also tell you how many items will be installed.

The license agreement dialog box will open. Read the license agreement and click “Accept”.

If the User Account Control dialog box appears, click Yes to continue.

NOTE. This dialog box may not appear depending on the User Account Control settings. For more information see our post Windows – How to set up UAC (User Account Control)

A dialog box is displayed showing the progress of the download.

When the download is complete, updates and / or new software are installed.

When the installation is complete, a dialog box will display the installation status. Click OK to return to the Apple Software Update dialog box.

You can set Apple Software Update to automatically check for updates and be notified when updates are available. To do this, select “Preferences” from the “Edit” menu.

The Apple Software Update Settings dialog box appears with the Schedule tab active. Select the radio button corresponding to how often you want the program to check for updates.

You can also check what updates have been installed by clicking the Installed Updates tab. The list contains the date, the name of the software and the version to which it was updated.

Click OK to close the Apple Software Update Preferences dialog box.

When you click OK on the Apple Software Update Preferences dialog box, the User Account Control dialog box may appear again depending on your preferences (see the note earlier in this post). Click Yes to return to the Apple Software Update dialog box.

To close the Apple Software Update dialog box, click the Exit button at the bottom. You can also choose Exit from the File menu.

You can easily check which version of Safari is installed. To view the current version of Safari, click the gear button in the upper right corner of the Safari window and choose About Safari from the drop-down menu.

The currently installed version of Safari is displayed in the About dialog box. To close the About dialog box, click the X button in the upper right corner.

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