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IE11 does not run in desktop mode

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    IE11 does not run in desktop mode


    IE11 does not run in desktop mode except with add-ons disabled. IE11 from Metro page works with no problems.

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    Windows 8.1


    What happens where you try to run it? Need details and screenshot please.
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    Try restting all IE11 options to default and see what happens.

    Search for "internet options" (without quotes) and click the resultant link:

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    Go to the advanced tab and "reset" IE11 to defaults:

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    Test desktop access again.
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    Well my2cents your 2 cents fixed the problem. Thanks a lot.
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    Windows 8.1


    Hey jimfof1913,

    Thanks for that acknowledgement and glad the above procedure fixed your issue too!

    Cheers,

    my2cents
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    Also right mouse click on IE (from the Start screen) and you can pin it to the taskbar on the desktop -- A lot more convenient when using the desktop version.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Window 8.1

    wont reset


    When I click reset it tells me all programs and windows must be closed even though they are all closed already. I click on why am I seeing this message and then it freezes. I have to do alt ctrl del to close it out. Don't know what happened it was working then I shutdown then when I restarted computer it didn't work im using 8.1 windows

    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Try restting all IE11 options to default and see what happens.

    Search for "internet options" (without quotes) and click the resultant link:

    Click image for larger version

    Go to the advanced tab and "reset" IE11 to defaults:

    Click image for larger version

    Test desktop access again.
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    Windows 8.1


    I also have this problem. I tried the solution and it failed to resolve the problem. Another suggestion would be helpful.
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    windows 8.1

    re-setting IE11


    I'm in that group that has had this happen in IE11 desktop out of the blue and tried suggestions for various forums. IE11 in metro worked fine and my outlook.com which I had pinned to the taskbar worked fine and could add tabs to. It did work in safe mode, but once out of there, nothing worked even after turning off all the ad-ons. I couldn't make the resetting work because it said I had programs open which I had already closed. Then I opened the task manager (this is over the course of a few days) and there were some instances of IE open under background tasks which I closed which then allowed me to reset IE11 after which it has been working fine ever since. It's quite possible I only needed to close those background instances, but at this point I'm not sure because I didn't try that 1st.

    My 2 cents on a frustrating few days before getting it to work.
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