Internet Explorer was finally killed off for almost every consumer version of Windows on June 15, 2022. It’s death was even
mournedcelebrated with faux gravestones commemorating it as a “good tool to download other browsers”. However, it seems like Microsoft’s browser still lives on in the depths of its latest operating system.
Although Windows 11 does not officially come bundled with Internet Explorer, the ancient browser can still be launched on the OS.
This thing will never die. I will go to my grave when Windows 32 hits and it will still come with iexplore.exe because the online passport request form in some tiny municipality in Slovenia only works in IE.
This makes sense – MS seem to have implemented the IE redirection to Edge as an IE plugin/helper object (one which you normally can’t disable) – it shows up in this video as the IEtoEdge BHO.
You can if you really want to reenable IE by gutting that extension – there’s a few ways I won’t go into here but it basically just restores IE to its former glory via normal startup paths without it prompting about edge. There’s less entry points in W11 but they’re still around.
Or just use Windows Server where you’ve another ~10yrs of support for IE yet.
IE? What about Netscape 3? I miss the meteors.
Or the HikVision CCTV camera system ActiveX plugin.