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How to Disable and enable Internet Explorer on Windows?

Microsoft has made it clear in its official blog that Windows system will stop to support the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application exactly on June 15, 2022. No doubt that this is not a good news for those who have been used to it. In this article, we will tell you the methods to disable and enable Internet Explorer on supported Windows versions.

3 major methods will be introduced here, but if you’re not sure whether you can do it well, please take your computer to a specialist.

If you’re already the Windows 11 users, don’t worry, we have listed our the ways about how to enable Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge.

If you’re still a Windows 10 or older version users, please keep following the solutions below to enable and disable the Internet Explorer on Windows.

How to Disable Internet Explorer on Windows?

Method 1: Disable Internet Explorer via Control Panel

  1. Click Start and open Settings.
  2. Click Apps.
  3. Select Optional features.
  4. In the list of installed features, locate Internet Explorer 11. Click on the entry, then click Uninstall.
  5. Wait for the Latest Actions section until you’re indicated to reboot your device.
  6. Restart the computer.

Method 2: Disable Internet Explorer via DISM (client and server systems)

  1. Run an Command Prompt;
  2. Enter the command: dism /online /Remove-Capability/CapabilityName:Browser.InternetExplorer~~~~0.0.11.0
  3. You will get the following result:

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.0.19041.844
Image Version: 10.0.19041.985
[==========================100.0%==========================]
The operation completed successfully.
Restart Windows to complete this operation.
Do you want to restart the computer now? (Y/N)

Method 3: Disable Internet Explorer via Program and Features

  1. Press Win+R to open the Run box.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl, and click OK.
  3. In the Programs and Features item, select Turn Window features off.
  4. In the Windows Features box, locate the Internet Explorer entry and clear the check box.
  5. Select OK to aplly the change.
  6. Restart the computer.

How to Enable Internet Explorer on Windows?

Method 1: Enable Internet Explorer via Control Panel

  1. Click Start and open Settings.
  2. Click Apps.
  3. Select Optional features.
  4. Click Add a feature.
  5. Check the box next to Internet Explorer 11.
  6. Click Install.
  7. Wait for the Latest Actions section until you’re indicated to reboot your device.
  8. Restart the computer.

Method 2: Enable Internet Explorer via DISM (client and server systems)

  1. Run an Command Prompt;
  2. Enter the command:dism /online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:Browser.InternetExplorer~~~~0.0.11.0
  3. You will get the following result:

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.0.19041.844
Image Version: 10.0.19041.985
[==========================100.0%==========================]
The operation completed successfully.
Restart Windows to complete this operation.
Do you want to restart the computer now? (Y/N)

Method 3: Enable Internet Explorer via Program and Features

Press Win+R to open the Run box.
Type appwiz.cpl, and click OK.
In the Programs and Features item, select Turn Window features on.
In the Windows Features box, locate the Internet Explorer entry and clear the check box.
Select OK to aplly the change.
Restart the computer.

Of course, only the following Windows system versions are supported, please check(which has also been listed in Microsoft official blog):

  • Windows 10, version 2004, all editions
  • Windows Server, version 2004 all editions
  • Windows 10, version 1909, all editions
  • Windows 10, version 1809, all editions
  • Windows Server 2019, all editions
  • Windows 10, version 1803, all editions
  • Windows Server version 1803
  • Windows 10, version 1709, all editions
  • Windows 10, version 1703, all editions
  • Windows 10, version 1607, all editions
  • Windows 10, version 1511, all editions
  • Windows Server version 1709
  • Windows Server version 1803
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2012 for Embedded Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems

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