Matt writes:

I have a Compaq Presario C500 and I’ve been trying to update to a newer version of Internet Explorer. My computer keeps trying to tell me to use Windows 8 or 8.1. According to the download my current Vista does not support newer versions. Help!

Matt – if you are using Windows Vista you can only go up to Internet Explorer 9.  It sounds like you are trying to update to Internet Explorer 11. That version is only compatible with Windows  7 and up.

Here ‘s a list of which versions of IE work with which operating systems:

Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1,Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 7 – Internet Explorer 11

Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 7 – Internet Explorer 10

Windows Vista – Internet Explorer 9

Windows XP – Internet Explorer 8

There’s nothing you can do to upgrade past IE 9 with Vista. Though you could try either  the Chrome or Firefox browsers if you are having issues with a particular website.

 ~ Cynthia