Windows 8.1 Internet Explorer disappeard from Modern UI

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  1. jpolito1

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    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.
     
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    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."
     
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    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.
     
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    ...............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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    ..............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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    Very well.
    As long as you have it sorted, that's the only thing that matters.
     

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