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IE Tile on Win8.1 start screen opens Firefox

  1. #1


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    windows 8.1

    IE Tile on Win8.1 start screen opens Firefox


    Iím running Windows 8.1. and recently I tried to launch Internet Explorer (11) from the start menu. It launched Firefox. I ran a search from the start menu for Internet Explorer found it and clicked. Again Firefox opened instead of IE. I clicked on an icon on my desktop set up to open a website in IE regardless of browser preferences. It opened Firefox and went to the homepage I have set in Firefox not to the URL I had set.

    Opening IE by browsing to to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe. workes just fine. Creating a desktop shortcut directly to the exe works fine. I played around with the associated programs for internet and even with everything defaulting to IE it would still open Firefox when clicking on the IE Tile on the start menu. I uninstalled/reinstalled IE11 with no change.

    So I then uninstalled Firefox. Now clicking on the start icon for IE it brings up a box asking me something about an exe with a checkbox (canít remember exactly) and below that Internet explorer or I can choose other down below. If I chose IE it brought up another window asking what I wanted to do with iexplore.exe. Save/ Save As / Save and Run. None of the options opened IE. IE at this point still runs by going directly to the exe in Program Files.

    Logged off as that user and logged back on as a different user and ie works just fine from that profile.

    Iím guessing something in my registry is hosed any ideas on how I can repair this?

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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Derf, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It sounds like there's an issue with your Internet Explorer shortcut. If you like, see if picking up at step 6 in OPTION THREE of the tutorial below may be able to help. It will restore the default shortcut.

    Internet Explorer Modern - Restore in Windows 8
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    Posts : 2
    windows 8.1


    Followed along with the instructions but when I right clicked on the IE shortcut and chose "pin to start" I get this.
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    No such interface supported
    I tried other program icons with the same result. I tried to pin folders but they aren't showing up on the menu.

    Soon after I had a blue screen with a frowning face. This is the 3rd in a week. So I just decided to restore from a backup.
    Thanks for responding.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Sorry you had to restore from a backup, but glad all is ok now.
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