Internet Explorer 11 is a pre-installed built-in browser for Windows 10. There is no need for you to download Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10. If you can’t find Internet Explorer in your Windows 10 computer, here’s what you can do to re-enable it.
Just so you know, Internet Explorer wouldn’t be pinned to the taskbar by default. There will also not be a shortcut for it on the desktop unless you create one for it. To find and open Internet Explorer in Windows 10, you will have to manually search for it in the start menu or via Cortana. Go to start menu, type Internet Explorer to open it. Optionally, you can right-click it and then select Pin to Start to have it pinned to your taskbar for easy access.
In some rare circumstances, if you can’t find Internet Explorer anywhere as if it’s totally gone from Windows 10, here’s what you can do to bring it back.
Download Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10
Before you download IE 11, you should try the method below to enable IE 11 in Windows 10 in case if it’s already installed but was disabled (which is usually the case).
If you are sure IE 11 isn’t installed on your Windows 10 system or if you insist to download and reinstall IE 11 instead, go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41628 (by Microsoft.com) to download Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10 64-bit.
Enable IE 11 in Windows 10 features
Make sure Internet Explorer feature is enabled in the Windows features settings. If Internet Explorer 11 is disabled in Windows Features, it won’t be installed and you won’t be able to find it from the programs list. Here’s how to turn on Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10
- Go to start menu.
- Search for Control Panel and open it.
- Click on Uninstall a program.
- From the left pane, click on Turn Windows Features on or off.
- Scroll down and look for Internet Explorer 11.
- Enable the checkbox beside IE 11.
Run system file check
System file check is a Windows built-in tool to automatically scan for missing or corrupted system files, such as Internet Explorer, and repair them. Since IE is a part of Windows 10 system, running SFC should be able to fix the issue of missing Internet Explorer in Windows 10. Here’s how to do it.
In start menu, type cmd. Right-click Command Prompt from the search result and then select Run as administrator. In the command prompt, type sfc /scannow. Wait for the process to complete. Restart your computer when it’s done.
DISM check to re-enable Internet Explorer in Windows 10
If even running system file check can’t bring back Internet Explorer for Windows 10, do the following.
Open command prompt (with admin privilege) as instructed above. In the command prompt, type the following command. This command is to temporary disable Internet Explorer.
dism /online /disable-feature:"Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64"
Restart your computer after executing the above command. On your next boot up, open command prompt again and type the following commands. Press Enter key after each line of command. These commands are to delete the temporary files that may cause conflicts between software, including Internet Explorer.
DEL /S /Q "%TMP%\*.*" DEL /S /Q "%TEMP%\*.*" DEL /S /Q "%WINDIR%\Temp\*.*" DEL /S /Q "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temp\*.*" DEL /S /Q "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temp\*.*" DEL /S /Q "%LOCALAPPDATA%\Temp\*.*
After all the commands above are executed, enter the following command to re-enable Internet Explorer for Windows 10.
dism /online /enable-feature:"Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64"
Check iexplorer.exe in Internet Explorer folder
Sometimes when iexplorer.exe is infected by virus or malwares, your antivirus software or Windows defender will quarantine it. Thus, making it unable to be launched or found from the folder. It could also be other reason that iexplorer.exe may have been deleted from Internet Explorer folder.
Go to C:\Program Files (x86) or C:\Program Files. Look for Internet Explorer folder. Open the folder and check if iexplorer.exe is in the folder. If it isn’t in the folder, you can try to copy the iexplorer.exe file from another Windows 10 PC and paste it to the problem computer. We’ve tried fixing it this way on one of our customer computers and it magically works again.