How to configure Group Policy Preference settings for Internet Explorer 11 in Windows


The retired, out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 desktop application has been permanently disabled through a Microsoft Edge update on certain versions of Windows 10. For more information, see Internet Explorer 11 desktop app retirement FAQ.

This article explains how to configure Internet Explorer 11 Group Policy Preference (GPP) settings to apply on computers running Windows operating system.

Original product version:   Internet Explorer 11, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
Original KB number:   2898604

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Pre-requisite: Install Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT)](/windows-server/remote/remote-server-administration-tools) on your system.

After installing the tools, you can use the following procedure to configure Internet Explorer 11 Group Policy Preference (GPP) settings on your computer.

  1. Open Group Policy Management Console (GPMC.MSC)

  2. Create a new Group Policy Object (GPO) or select an existing Group Policy Object (GPO) to modify.

  3. Right-click the selected Group Policy Object (GPO) and select Edit and browse to:

    1. User Configuration\Preferences\Control Panel Settings\Internet Settings

    2. Select Internet Settings and then right-click to select New and choose the option of Internet Explorer 10.

    3. Configure the desired Internet Explorer Preference settings and select Apply and then OK.

    4. Run the following command at a command prompt on clients where you want the settings to apply or wait for the group policy background refresh:

      gpupdate.exe /force


You need to select the option of Internet Explorer 10 in Group Policy Preference (GPP) to apply the settings for Internet Explorer 11 as the same settings apply to Internet Explorer 11.


For more information, see How to set advanced settings in Internet Explorer by using Group Policy objects.