How To Turn Off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration

I love my Lenovo W510 Laptop!  I use it to run Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V.  I run all kinds of Virtual Machines on the W510 because it has 16GB of physical RAM.  There are however a few hiccups in the process of using a Windows Server Machine to do demonstrations.  This is one of the first I encountered. 


When you hit Internet Explorer for the first time (and every time) to demo something online you are presented with this lovely message.  Windows Server 2008 R2 has a built in Internet Explorer Security Configuration enabled for any user who sits at the console of the server.  Now I totally understand why you would want this enabled on the vast majority of your servers.  However there are circumstances, like mine for example where I want to change the default behavior. 

If you need to disable the IE ESC here is what you do. 

1.  Open the Server Manager Tool. Configure IE ESC is located on the right hand side of the interface in the section heading Security Information.


2. Select the link Configure IE Esc and the configuration window will open. 


At this point you can choose whether to turn off IE ESC for Administrators or for Users or for both.  I am going to turn it off for administrators since my account is an administrative account. 

3.  Open Internet Explorer and notice the glaring Warnings that IE ESC has been disabled.  I find it funny that we list exactly how to turn IE ESC back on but on the initial page we never told you how to turn it off. 


4.  If you would like you can change the Local Intranet Zone settings or you can simply request not to have the message displayed in the future.  And then you can visit


5.  One last suggestion. Change your homepage to so that next time you open your Internet Explorer browser you don’t have to see the IE ESC message again.  Unfortunately unless you change it the message will be the default home page. 

And there you have it.  A Windows Server 2008 R2 machine that can surf the internet free of IE ESC.