Internet Explorer: The set browser runs under Windows 11

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Microsoft had actually retired its once so successful browser, Internet Explorer, on June 15, 2022, but it is back and for the first time can also be run under Windows 11.

Internet Explorer was never intended to work on Windows 11, which is why Microsoft completely disabled its browser, which went live in 1995, in its latest operating system before release.

Windows 11 without Internet Explorer

The successor to Windows 10 was the first edition without preinstalled Internet Explorer for more than 20 years. In May 2021, Microsoft also announced that it would almost completely bury Internet Explorer after almost 27 years and that it would take this step in June 2022.

Attempts to get Internet Explorer running under Windows 11 have always ended with the start of Microsoft Edge, the inheritance of Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer runs on Windows 11

Twitter user @XenoPanther, who works as a developer on ReactOS (ROS), a Windows NT clone, has now managed to successfully run and use Internet Explorer on Windows 11. Which in practice can be accompanied by serious security gaps.

As the developer reports, it wasn't rocket science to get Internet Explorer to work on Windows 11, which is most likely due to the legacies that still exist in the code of the latest Windows.

Internet Explorer runs after a few clicks

To revive Internet Explorer on Windows 11, just click one of the links under “Start → Internet Options → Programs → Manage add-ons” which will then be opened automatically via the “retro browser”.

The editorial team put it to the test and was able to use Internet Explorer under Windows 11.

Internet Explorer does run under Windows 11

At this point it should be pointed out that the resuscitation of Internet Explorer is not recommended and involves accepting all the browser security gaps that remain open for all time.

In its heyday in Between 2003 and 2005, Internet Explorer combined more than 90 percent of the market share among global users, but now it's finally time to replace the browser, which was released in version 1.0 in 1995 in the paid Windows extension package Microsoft Plus! which was released exclusively for Windows 95 for the first time.

The 2nd generation of the successor, the Microsoft Edge, which is now globally in 2nd place behind the dominant Google Chrome based on Chromium, is definitely the more modern and safer choice.

Global market shares of the leading browsers since 2009 (Image: Statista)