I have an HP laptop that I purchased back in 2011 with Windows 7 installed, then one year later (in 2012) I upgraded to Windows 8. Ever since I upgraded to Windows 8, the desktop version of Internet Explorer 10 would not even launch properly about 10% of the time. When I went to click on the launch icon on the taskbar to launch IE10, sometimes, I would just get a blank screen and my home page wouldn't even load. To get around this problem, I would have to launch the app version of IE10, then click "View on Desktop," and then it would usually launch it on the desktop just fine.
Now, I have recently upgraded to Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 and the problem is now MUCH worse. Now, whenever I launch IE11 in desktop mode, it doesn't work about 90% of the time. It just launches a blank screen. I have to keep on closing the window and re-launching the program hoping that it finally loads properly. After maybe re-launching it about 5-10 times, it will finally launch properly to my home page. If I launch it from the app version, then click "View on Desktop," it usually works.
Clearly, Windows 8/8.1 has a problem with launching Internet Explorer 10/11 in desktop mode and I don't know why. I tried disabling ALL add-ons, and that didn't resolve the problem at all. Other browsers, such as Google Chrome work perfectly fine. But I much prefer IE11 over all other browsers....when it actually works!