How to locate and open Internet Explorer in Windows 10

Technical Level : Basic


Windows 10 represents a major revision of the client operating system; one major change is how we browse and experience the Internet. Windows 10 will include a new web browser called Microsoft Edge. This will be the new default web browser in Windows 10, replacing the well known Internet Explorer which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2015. Even though Microsoft will be the default web browser in Windows 10, Internet Explorer will still be around for legacy purposes. In this article, we take a look at how to access Internet Explorer if you still need to use it.


Please note, Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro LTSB (Long Term Service Branch) editions do not include Internet Explorer. Windows 10 LTSB editions are normally available to volume license customers. Your only option is to use a non LTSB version of Windows 10. This will require speaking with your IT department or Desktop Support Technician within your organization. Windows 10 LTSB editions do not include Microsoft Edge either.

When you do a fresh install Windows 10, you will only see Microsoft Edge as your default web browser pinned to the Taskbar and Start > All Apps.

You can access Internet Explorer two ways:

Click Start > All Apps and look under Windows Accessories

Once you have located it, right click it and click Pin to Taskbar

Another way you can locate it is by using the Search box on the Taskbar, type Internet Explorer, right click it and click Pin to Taskbar

Last, but not least, using the Run command.

Press Windows key + R

Type: iexplore.exe

Hit Enter

Thats it.

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How does one open a  SECOND  browser when one is already open?  That is the question I posed.

Can another tell me the IE comes with Won 10 is 32bits or 64bits. And the Active X is still supported? Thanks. Tom

Well it doesn't seem to exist in my version of Windows 10


Steve Rogalinski
Mine neither! I would be willing to pay BIG BUCKS to never go through what I have been going through since this hit my computer, haha! I don't think my head has hit a pillow before 3 or 4 AM since I got it.
This instruction was easy to follow and accurate. IE is necessary because PennDOT web sites are not compatable with  Edge.
It is not listed in my version of windows 10!!!!!!!!!
Why is IE hidden in Win 10? I've been looking for days and stumbled on this page. Now the biggie. I despise Edge and would like to make IE my default browser. It doesn't show up in my default choices. Now what?
I tried everthing but nothing worked still do not have Internet Explorer!!! Using the run command it tells me that iexplorer.exe file cannot be found!!!   

Same here!!!

I found a solution that worked for my situation on a different message board.

To make internet explorer discoverable in Windows 10:

Go to Control Panel -->Programs --> Program & Features, then choose "uninstall or change program"

Scroll to find "Internet Explorer" and make sure it is 'checked'. This should allow it to be discoverable.

A restart was required...but this resolved the issue I was having with IE being undiscoverable.

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