Windows 8.1 Internet Explorer disappeard from Modern UI

jpolito1

Senior Member
#1
I have a desktop and laptop that I updated from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and now to Windows 8.1. A few days ago Internet Explorer 11 disappeared from the modern UI on both machines (I do synchronize settings with SkyDrive). It woks fine in the desktop interface. I frankly don't use in in the Modern UI, but I don't like the fact that it just disappeared.

IE does not show up when I use the Store to look at All Apps on my computers, and it does not show up using the Win 8.1 "Start Button". I also can't find it the Store to download.

Ideas? Thanks.
 


davehc

Essential Member
Premium Supporter
#2
First, open , in IE Tools - Internet options - Programs and, if "Open Internet Explorer on the desktop" , is ticked - untick it. This may be sufficient,
Otherwise.
Open the Control Panel - Default programs -Set your default programs.
When the list opens, select IE and, on the right bottom "Set this program as the default."
 


bassfisher6522

Essential Member
#3
Simply put, it will only show if IE is set as the default web browser. To get it to show up, just follow davehc excellent advice.
 


davidhk129

Senior Member
#4
...............It woks fine in the desktop interface. I frankly don't use in in the Modern UI, but I don't like the fact that it just disappeared.

Any chance it was accidentally "unpinned" from Start?
Go to Start page > type internet explorer > under the search box, right click at Internet Explorer...
is Pin to Start option on the list?
If yes, click it.
 


jpolito1

Senior Member
#5
...............It woks fine in the desktop interface. I frankly don't use in in the Modern UI, but I don't like the fact that it just disappeared.

Any chance it was accidentally "unpinned" from Start?
Go to Start page > type internet explorer > under the search box, right click at Internet Explorer...
is Pin to Start option on the list?
If yes, click it.
I tried the suggestion from davehc. Basically, everything was set as he specified, but I undid and redid everything again. No change. I also tried the suggestion of pinning it to the start page. When I typed Internet Explorer in the search box, the only "program" that showed up is a shortcut I have on my desktop to the 64 bit version of IE. I can pin it to Start, of course, but all that does is open IE on the desktop if I click it on the Start page.
 


davidhk129

Senior Member
#6
Obviously I have misunderstood your question, but I don't know where or how.

I thought you said IE had disappeared in Start page.
I speculated that it was unpinned, hence I asked you to re-pin it back on Start page.
You did that and IE is now on Start page.
Is it not what you want?
I am confused.
 


jpolito1

Senior Member
#7
Obviously I have misunderstood your question, but I don't know where or how.

I thought you said IE had disappeared in Start page.
I speculated that it was unpinned, hence I asked you to re-pin it back on Start page.
You did that and IE is now on Start page.
Is it not what you want?
I am confused.

Sorry if I caused any confusion. With Win 8, I had created a shortcut to the 64 bit version of IE and stored it in the Start Menu folder under my user name. When I updated to Win 8.1, Win 8.1 deleted that shortcut, so I recreated it. I can, of course, pin that shortcut to the Start page, but when I click it, it opens the desktop and opens an instance of IE 64 bit (not the modern UI).

After my last post and your last post, I deleted that shortcut I had created, and lo, it fixed the whole problem. IE now appeared on the Win 8.1 Start menu, so I right clicked it and pinned it to Start. Now I have IE on the Start Page and when I click it, it opens the modern UI of IE.

Who would have thunk? Thank you for your help.
 


davidhk129

Senior Member
#8
..............but all that does is open IE on the desktop if I click it on the Start page.

Mine does.
I clicked at Internet Explorer and it opened up on the desktop.
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davidhk129

Senior Member
#9
Very well.
As long as you have it sorted, that's the only thing that matters.
 


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