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Internet Explorer 11 Only Opens As Administrator

  1. #1


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC

    Internet Explorer 11 Only Opens As Administrator


    Hi, Internet Explorer 11 will only open if I right click and then select Run As Administrator. If I don't do this, the window opens, then closes straight away without doing anything. Links in Incredimail will not open in it either.
    Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox work fine (and with the Incredimail links).
    I have not added any programs recently. I have tried a clean boot, I have disabled all the add ons, I have checked/unchecked Enable Enhanced Protected Mode, I have made Google Chrome the default browser, then changed back to IE11, I have run Malwarebytes Anti Malware, Super Anti Spyware, Windows Defender and CCleaner, checked for Windows updates...all to no avail. Tried a system restore as well, but no joy.
    Could anyone please shed any light on this problem?
    Many thanks.

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  2. #2


    -Do you have a check for it in the firewall? Just like you have to give Google Chrome access in the firewall it's possble somehow IE11 lost it's access.
    -Do you have any other software running ( such as Malwarebytes Anti Exploit Tool for example ) which may be blocking that.\
    -Do you have the User Account Privilege thing on?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC


    Thanks for the quick reply.
    Checked Firewall permissions, and it had indeed disappeared, put it back in, but alas, no change.
    No other software running that I can see. Turned UAC right down, and still did not help.
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  4. #4


    under the advance tab in tools/internet options try to do a complete reset and then restart the browser ( you may even want to do a pc reboot to be on the safe side ) and see if that resolves it now.

    I really don't suggest it but you could go to the security tab and see if unchecking protected mode fixes it as well.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC


    I have tried them as well, but no joy. Went into Program Features and disabled IE11, then re-booted and enabled it again, but still the same.
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  6. #6


    Hmm are you the main administrator of that computer? Right click your start button and tell me if you can see the administrative functions.

    I'm wondering if somehow you got took out of the administrative user group and into a sub control group.
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  7. #7


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    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC


    Yes, I am logged on as Administrator.
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  8. #8


    1) Remove any existing IE start menu shortcuts.
    2) Use explorer to navigate to "c:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer"
    3) Right-click iexplore.exe and select Pin to Start.
    4) Use explorer to navigate to c:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\StartMenu\Programs"
    -or-
    From the start menu right-click on the new iexplore shortcut tile and select Open File Location.
    5) Right-click the iexplore shortcut and select Properties -> Advanced -> make sure that this isn't checked Run as Administrator and click OK.

    Also, what version of IE11 are you running?
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  9. #9


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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Right click the explorer icon, properties and Security. Are all permissions there Allow, if not edit them.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC


    Did all that, same thing happens. Quick flash of a blank Internet Explorer window and then it closes immediately. Right click on it and select Run As Administrator, and it works.
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