The new Microsoft Edge browser is great, but you can still get Internet Explorer in Windows 10.

Internet Explorer in Windows 10Some websites and programs require you to use a specific browser for various reasons.  I see this most commonly with banking and college or university websites.  It’s hiding, but yes, you can still get Internet Explorer in Windows 10.  Here’s how!

Why the change?

Internet Explorer came pre-loaded on most Windows computers starting Windows 95.  Over the last 20 years it’s grown and evolved as most things do and they’re now on version 11 which was released in 2013.  Internet Explorer was often shamed and disliked due to some performance issues, slow load time, and lack of features.  It’s because of this track record that, with the release of Windows 10, Microsoft built an all-new browser, Microsoft Edge, from the ground up.  Microsoft Edge features a fresh look, some great new features, and – most importantly – it’s much more responsive than Internet Explorer.  But, as you’re about to read, Internet Explorer still has it’s place.

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Internet Explorer 1.0, circa 1995. Credit: Wikimedia
Internet Explorer is still needed

Most websites recommend a specific web browser to ensure the content displays correctly.  Believe it or not, but it is possible for the exact same website to look completely different from one web browser to the next.  That said, according to HTML5test.com, Internet Explorer is only about 56% with most current websites.  But, it’s still needed by a lot of people, especially in the business world.  Why?  I’m glad you asked.

The Microsoft Windows operating system is, and has been, the most common PC operating system – currently accounting for about 90% of all computers.  As we just learned Internet Explorer has come included with Microsoft Windows since 1995.  So, this is why: Website developers and computer software programmers wanted to make things that would just work and display correctly to as many people as possible.  Since 90% of people have Windows-based computers, all of which have Internet Explorer, then programming for Internet Explorer made the most sense.

There’s another reason for it though, and this is one of the main reasons it’s still needed today.  Internet Explorer is essentially part of Windows and built-in, so it can do things other web browsers simply can’t.  Through Windows, Internet Explorer has direct access to most of your computer’s physical hardware.  The most common need for this I’ve run into myself is with businesses that have check scanners to deposit checks to their bank from their own office.  When the user logs in to their bank’s website the website needs to directly access the check scanner for security – in most cases, this can only be done with Internet Explorer.

Alright, so how do you get Internet Explorer in Windows 10?

As I said, it’s still there, but it’s hiding – Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to get to.

  1. Open your Start menu and, without clicking anything else, simply start typing “iexplore”.
    • Alternatively, you can use the Cortana search bar if you have it enabled.
  2. You’ll see a search result with the Internet Explorer icon with the option “Run command”.  Click it, and voila, there’s Internet Explorer.
    Internet Explorer in Windows 10
  3. If you plan to use Internet Explorer frequently, you can right-click it’s icon in your taskbar and choose “Pin this program to taskbar” so it will always be at your fingertips.
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