Your PC running Windows comes with Internet Explorer already installed. If you're having problems opening Internet Explorer, make sure it's set as your default browser and pin it to your Start screen and taskbar.

How do I make Internet Explorer my default browser?

Internet Explorer is an application that's installed with Windows on your PC. If you make a different browser your default, links won't automatically open in Internet Explorer, and you'll only be able to use Internet Explorer for the desktop.

To make Internet Explorer your default browser

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Search.)

  2. Enter Default programs, then tap or click Default Programs.

  3. Tap or click Set your default programs.

  4. Select Internet Explorer from the list of programs.

  5. Tap or click Set this program as default, then tap or click OK.

You might need to repin Internet Explorer to the Start screen once you've set it as your default browser.

Where did the Internet Explorer tile go?

If you can't find the Internet Explorer tile on your Start screen, it might have accidentally become unpinned.

To pin Internet Explorer to the Start screen

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Search.)

  2. Enter Internet Explorer.

  3. In the search results, press and hold (or right-click) Internet Explorer, and then tap or click Pin to Start.

How do I pin Internet Explorer to my taskbar in the desktop?

To pin Internet Explorer to the taskbar

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Search.)

  2. Enter Internet Explorer.

  3. In the search results, press and hold (or right-click) Internet Explorer, and then tap or click Pin to Taskbar.

Why does Internet Explorer only open in the desktop?

If you tap or click the Internet Explorer tile and Internet Explorer opens in the desktop, then Internet Explorer isn't set as the default browser.