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Can You Still Use Internet Explorer and How?

As of 2024, using Internet Explorer (IE) is neither recommended nor supported by a majority of web assets and sites so a lot of the websites you’ll try to go to will look broken or won’t be able to load certain scripts and pieces of code that Internet Explorer doesn’t know how to open anymore. There are some ways to still use Internet Explorer in specific scenarios.

1. You Can Still Open Internet Explorer on Windows 10

On Windows 10 when you search for Internet Explorer and you click on it you automatically get redirected to Microsoft Edge which is their newer Chromium based browser.

You can easily force Internet Explorer to still open by doing this:

*The Notepad VBS File Method*

– Open an empty Notepad window

– Copy paste this code inside it:

Set ie = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
ie.Navigate "about:blank"
ie.Visible = 1

– Save the file on your Desktop as InternetExplorer.vbs, so instead of letting the file save with the typical .txt extension, change it to .vbs

– Double click the .vbs file that you just created and an Internet Explorer window should pop up.

– Now Internet Explorer should stop redirecting you to Edge.

I tested this method and it works but if for some reason it still doesn’t work for you, try the next PowerShell method.

*The PowerShell Method*

– Search for Windows PowerShell in the Windows search bar and right click on it and run it as an administrator.

– Paste this command to create a bat file: @PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Command New-Object -COMObject InternetExplorer.Application -Property @{Navigate2='about:blank'; Visible=1}

– Run the bat file that was just created. Internet Explorer should open now instead of just redirecting you to Microsoft Edge.

3. Windows 10 and 11

– Internet Explorer is completely removed from Windows 11. So you won’t be able to use the methods shown above in Windows 11.

– In Windows 10 it’s disabled by default but is still be present in the code of the OS that’s why you can still use it.

4. Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge

– For legacy websites requiring Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge offers an *IE mode*.

– This is the recommended way to access IE dependent content.

*Enabling Internet Explorer Mode in Edge*

– Open Edge settings –> Default browser

-Turn on *Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode*

– Restart Edge

*Using IE Mode*

– Click the three dot menu in Edge

– Select *Reload in Internet Explorer mode*

5. Enterprise Environments

– Some organizations still use Internet Explorer for legacy applications.

– This is managed through group policies.

6. Alternatives

– Modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox or Edge are better, use them instead.

– They offer better performance, security and compatibility.

7. Web Compatibility

– Many modern websites no longer support or function properly in Internet Explorer.

8. Virtual Machines

– For testing purposes, Internet Explorer can be run in a virtual machine with an older Windows version.

9. Legacy System Isolation

– If absolutely necessary, use Internet Explorer on an isolated system not connected to the internet.

10. Official Support Status

– Microsoft officially ended support for IE on June 15, 2022.

– It’s no longer receiving security updates or any technical support.

– That means you’ll be open to a lot of vulnerabilities that certain hackers are actively exploiting every time you will try using the browser.

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