Every web browser provides a different way of checking for updates, most of them fairly easy and found within the browser itself. Firefox allows you to easily check for updates through the Help menu.

Checking for updates in Firefox

Opera also provides an easy method of checking for updates using their Help menu.

Checking for updates in Opera

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

When you installed Safari, Apple Software Update was also installed, and it provides an easy way to update Safari.

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

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

It’s worth noting that the last version Apple released for Windows was in 2012, so it’s really old!

There is no shortcut created for the Apple Software Update program, so navigate to the following directory containing the .exe file in Windows Explorer:

C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update

Double-click on the SoftwareUpdate.exe file.

Apple Software Update executable file

Apple Software Update starts checking for new software available.

Checking for new software dialog box

Once the check for new software is finished, the Apple Software Update dialog box displays. Updates to any Apple software you have installed is listed in the first list box. The program also informs you of any new software available that you don’t have installed in the second list box.

Select the software you want to update and/or install by selecting the appropriate check boxes. Once you have made your choices, click the Install button at the bottom, which also informs you how many items will be installed.

Apple Software Update dialog box

The License Agreement dialog box displays. Read through the license agreement and click Accept.

License Agreement

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

NOTE: You may not see this dialog box, depending on your User Account Control settings. See our post, Windows 7 – How to configure UAC (User Account Control), for more information.

User Account Control dialog box

A dialog box displays showing the progress of the downloads.

Downloading the update

Once the downloads are finished, the updates and/or new software are installed.

Installing the update

When the installation is finished, a dialog box displays the status of the installation. Click OK to return to the Apple Software Update dialog box.

Software has been successfully installed

You can set the Apple Software Update program to automatically check for updates and notify you when updates are available. To do this, select Preferences from the Edit menu.

Opening Preferences

The Apple Software Update Preferences dialog box displays with the Schedule tab active. Select the radio button that corresponds with how often you want the program to check for updates.

Setting the update schedule

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

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

Checking list of Installed Updates

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

User Account Control dialog box displaying after clicking OK on Preferences dialog box

To close the Apple Software Update dialog box, click the Quit button at the bottom. You may also select Quit from the File menu.

Closing the Apple Software Update dialog box

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 select About Safari from the drop-down menu.

Opening the About Safari dialog box

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

About Safari dialog box