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Using Internet Explorer on Windows 11

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“What is dead must never die.” Just like a White Walker in Game of Thrones, Internet Explorer joins the undead determined to destroy humanity. Microsoft tamed the Internet Explorer beast in Windows 11, preventing anyone from summoning it and running its old code, but now a dastardly Twitter user has broken Internet Explorer’s chains and released it to run freely on Windows 11.

Internet Explorer would never work on Windows 11. Microsoft disabled IE in Windows 11, making it the first version of Windows without IE for over 20 years. If you even try to launch Internet Explorer in Windows 11, the operating system just forces you to Microsoft Edge.

But Twitter user @XenoPanther has discovered a way to make Internet Explorer work on Windows 11. Although the star of Windows officially passed away in June at the age of 26, it is still accessible thanks to the old (and forgotten) parts of the operating system that still exist in 2022.

It’s just a matter of searching for Internet options in the Start menu, launching the Control Panel applet, selecting the Programs tab, clicking “manage add-ons” and then clicking “Learn more about toolbars and extensions”. For some reason, this launches Internet Explorer, bypassing the commands that force you into Edge. The browser works exactly as you’d expect, and you’re open to all the web incompatibilities and security nightmares that exist when using IE in its unsupported state.

And you thought Internet Explorer was dead, didn’t you? Muahahaha.

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