Windows 10: Microsoft disables Internet Explorer 11 on Feb. 14, 2023

[German]Another brief piece of information about Windows 10 and Internet Explorer 11: On February 14, 2023 (patch day), Microsoft will automatically deactivate Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 10 if the browser is still active there. From this date on, calls to Internet Explorer 11 will be redirected to Microsoft Edge.


The end of support for Internet Explorer 11 has been announced for a long time (see links at the end of the article). Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be supported as a desktop application on certain versions of Windows 10 as of June 15, 2022 (see my blog post Windows 10: End of support for Internet Explorer 11 on June 15, 2022). The only exceptions are the Windows 10 LTSC or Windows Server versions. Microsoft had already announced this in May 2021 in this post.

Also the Trident engine (MSHTML) will remain in Windows, so IE features will still be there internally to display certain content. In this FAQ , Microsoft details it all in more detail, and indicates where IE 11 support will continue to be provided.

Next step in Feb. 2023

In an update dated Oct. 27, 2022, Microsoft expanded the FAQ and added the following passage to the top of the relevant page.

Note: The retired, out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be permanently disabled on certain versions of Windows 10 as part of the February 2023 Windows security update ("B" release) scheduled for February 14, 2023.

We highly recommend setting up IE mode in Microsoft Edge and disabling IE11 prior to this date to ensure your organization does not experience business disruption. Learn how >

Internet Explorer end of support

The no-longer-supported desktop version of Internet Explorer 11 will then be permanently disabled on certain versions of Windows 10 (see also my comments above) as part of the Windows security update scheduled for February 14, 2023 ("B" week). Specifically, this will occur with two updates:


  • January 2023 with the optional preview update (presumably on January 17, 2023).
  • February 2023 with the Windows 10 security update (to be rolled out on February 14, 2023).

Then all shortcuts etc that call IE 11 will be redirected internally to Edge. There, web pages can be viewed in IE 11 compatibility mode if there are problems.

Microsoft is advising administrators in enterprise environments not to wait until Patchday in February 2023 and to set up IE mode in Microsoft Edge in advance. This is to ensure that this redirection to Edge works in the business environment. Administrators can then disable IE 11 – Microsoft has published instructions here.

The bottom line is that Internet Explorer 11 will probably never be completely removed from Windows 10. Only the GUI components will be disabled – the Trident engine (MSHTML) will remain in Windows. Thanks for this comment reminding me on this.

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