Disable and enable Internet Explorer on Windows

Warning

The retired, out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application will be permanently disabled on certain versions of Windows 10 as part of the February 2023 Windows security update ("B") release scheduled for February 14, 2023. We highly recommend setting up IE mode in Microsoft Edge and disabling IE11 prior to this date to ensure your organization doesn't experience business disruption.

For more information, see aka.ms/iemodefaq.

This article describes how to disable and enable any supported version of Internet Explorer on Windows.

Applies to:   Windows
Original KB number:   4013567

More information

Use one of the following methods to disable or enable Internet Explorer.

If you remove Internet Explorer by using DISM, the iexplore.exe entry point is removed from the file system, but its rendering engine remains on the system. Therefore, you should continue to install security updates that apply to Internet Explorer even after you disable it, as applicable.

To restore the program on your computer, we recommend that you use the same method that you used to disable it (Control Panel or DISM).

Important

If you disable Internet Explorer by using any of the following methods, the Internet Explorer (IE) mode in Microsoft Edge also won't be available. To continue using IE mode in Microsoft Edge to access legacy applications, disable Internet Explorer by using group policy instead, as described in Disable Internet Explorer 11 as a standalone browser.

Method 1 - Using Optional features in Control Panel (client systems only)

Applies to:   Windows 10, version 1703 and later versions

We recommend that you use the Optional features method if available on your devices.

On client systems, follow these steps to disable internet explorer by using Optional Features in Control Panel:

  1. Select Start > Settings.
  2. Select Apps.
  3. Select Optional features.
  4. In the list of installed features, find Internet Explorer 11, select it, and then select Uninstall.
  5. Restart the computer when prompted to reboot.

To enable Internet Explorer, follow these steps:

  1. Select Start > Settings.
  2. Select Apps.
  3. Select Optional features.
  4. Select Add a feature.
  5. Select Internet Explorer 11.
  6. Select Install (1).
  7. Restart the computer when prompted to reboot.

Method 2 - Using Optional features with DISM (client and server systems)

Applies to:   Windows 10, version 1703 and later versions

We recommend that you use the Optional features method if available on your devices.

On client and server systems, use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) command-line tool to disable Internet Explorer.

For example, follow these steps for Internet Explorer 11:

  • Disable the feature

    Run the following command at an elevated command prompt to disable Internet Explorer 11: dism /online /Remove-Capability /CapabilityName:Browser.InternetExplorer~~~~0.0.11.0.

    The following message appears:

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 10.0.19041.844
    Image Version: 10.0.19041.985
    [==========================100.0%==========================]
    The operation completed successfully.
    Restart Windows to complete this operation.
    Do you want to restart the computer now? (Y/N)
    
  • Enable the feature

    Run the following command at an elevated command prompt to re-enable Internet Explorer 11: dism /online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:Browser.InternetExplorer~~~~0.0.11.0.

    The following message appears:

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 10.0.19041.844
    Image Version: 10.0.19041.985
    [==========================100.0%==========================]
    The operation completed successfully.
    Restart Windows to complete this operation.![image](https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/77822529/159870921-dce4dc44-ee48-4745-963d-f7f45801589b.png)
    
    Do you want to restart the computer now? (Y/N)
    

Method 3 - Using Windows Features in Control Panel (client systems only)

On client systems, follow these steps to disable Internet Explorer by using Windows Features in Control Panel:

  1. Select Windows logo key+R.
  2. In the Run, enter OptionalFeatures.exe, and then select OK.
  3. In the Windows Features dialog box, clear the checkbox for the installed version of Internet Explorer. For example, find Internet Explorer 11 and then clear its checkbox.
  4. Select OK.
  5. Restart the computer.

Method 4 - Using Windows Features with DISM (client and server systems)

On client and server systems, use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) command-line tool to disable Internet Explorer.

For example, follow these steps for Internet Explorer 11:

  • Disable the feature

    Run the following command at an elevated command prompt to disable Internet Explorer 11: dism /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64.

    The following message appears:

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool  
    Version: 6.1.7600.16385  
    Image Version: 6.1.7600.16385  
    Disabling feature(s)  
    [===================100.0%===================]  
    The operation completed successfully.  
    Restart Windows to complete this operation.  
    Do you want to restart the computer now (Y/N)?
    

    Note

    Restart the computer when prompted to reboot.

  • Enable the feature

    Run the following command at an elevated command prompt to re-enable Internet Explorer 11: dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64.

    The following message appears:

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool  
    Version: 6.1.7600.16385  
    Image Version: 6.1.7600.16385  
    Enabling feature(s)  
    [===================100.0%===================]  
    The operation completed successfully.  
    Restart Windows to complete this operation.  
    Do you want to restart the computer now (Y/N)?
    

    Note

    Restart the computer when prompted to reboot.

Applies to

  • Windows 10, version 2004, all editions
  • Windows Server, version 2004 all editions
  • Windows 10, version 1909, all editions
  • Windows 10, version 1809, all editions
  • Windows Server 2019, all editions
  • Windows 10, version 1803, all editions
  • Windows Server version 1803
  • Windows 10, version 1709, all editions
  • Windows 10, version 1703, all editions
  • Windows 10, version 1607, all editions
  • Windows 10, version 1511, all editions
  • Windows Server version 1709
  • Windows Server version 1803
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2012 for Embedded Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems