How to disable Internet Explorer on Windows

Applies to: Windows 10, version 1809Windows Server 2019, all versionsWindows 10, version 1803 More

Summary


This articles explains how to disable any supported version of Internet Explorer on Windows.

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To disable Internet Explorer, use one of the following methods.

Note If you want to restore the program on the same computer, we recommend that you use the same method that you first used (Control Panel or DISM).

Important Because Internet Explorer remains installed on the computer after you disable it, you should continue to install security updates that apply to Internet Explorer.

Method 1: Use Control Panel (client systems only)

On client systems, you can use the Program and Features item in Control Panel to disable Internet Explorer. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows logo key+R to open the Run box.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl, and then select OK.
  3. In the the Programs and Features item, select Turn Window features on or off.
  4. In the Windows Features dialog box, locate the entry for the installed version of Internet Explorer. For example, locate the Internet Explorer 11 entry. Then, clear the check box.
  5. Select OK to commit the change.
  6. Restart the computer.

Method 2: Use DISM (client and server systems)

On client and server systems, you can use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) command line tool to disable Internet Explorer. For example, to disable Internet Explorer 11, follow these steps.

Disable the feature

To disable Internet Explorer 11, run the following command at an elevated command prompt:
dism /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64

The following message is returned:

Deployment Image Servicing and Management toolVersion: 6.1.7600.16385Image Version: 6.1.7600.16385Disabling feature(s)[===================100.0%===================]The operation completed successfully.Restart Windows to complete this operation.Do you want to restart the computer now (Y/N)?
Note You must restart the computer to implement the change.

Enable the feature

If you want to re-enable Internet Explorer 11, run the following command at an elevated command prompt:
dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64

The following message is returned:

Deployment Image Servicing and Management toolVersion: 6.1.7600.16385Image Version: 6.1.7600.16385Enabling feature(s)[===================100.0%===================]The operation completed successfully.Restart Windows to complete this operation.Do you want to restart the computer now (Y/N)?
Note You must restart the computer to implement the change.