Internet Explorer can still be started in Windows 11 using a trick


In mid-June Microsoft finally buried Internet Explorer, after 27 years the Redmond company closed the IE chapter once and for all. Or not? Because you can still start Internet Explorer indirectly, via the detour of the (old) Internet options.

IE11 on Windows 11

Internet Explorer reached its “End Of Life” on June 15, 2022, but even then it had to be noted that IE is still supported under very specific conditions and circumstances. The mere mortal user of Windows 10 and Windows 11 could or had to say goodbye to the browser relic or veteran.

A detour leads to IE11

However, that is only half the truth. Because although you can no longer reach IE directly (you always end up at Microsoft Edge via the shortcut or when searching in the start menu), you can still activate Internet Explorer with a little trick – for whatever reason.

Twitter user @XenoPanther found a way (via Ghacks), via which you can still access Internet Explorer in Windows 11:

  • First, look for “Internet Options” in the Start menu.
  • Click on this and end up in the Internet properties of the old control panel.

Start Internet Explorer in Windows 11Find Internet options, Programs tab and Manage add-ons’

  • Now go to the “Programs” tab.
  • From there, click on “Manage add-ons”.

Start Internet Explorer in Windows 11Click for more information about toolbars and extensions and IE11 will start

  • A new window will open with “More information about toolbars and extensions” in the lower left corner.
  • If you click on this text, an Internet Explorer 11 window will open.

Although this IE11 instance is only intended to display the associated support page or this is probably incorrectly linked in the code of the operating system, the browser is still fully functional – apart from the fact that Internet Explorer is in this form is no longer up-to-date and a lot of things are not going well or are going badly.

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