Windows 10 Tips: Enabling Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer

Will the new Edge browser / Project Spartan replace Internet Explorer?

This Windows 10 question is one of the more frequently asked as of late and has been top of mind for many IT professionals.  The main reason for this concern is the need of a browser offering compatible with legacy intranet sites of dire importance to some organizations.  Most of the specifics regarding this question can be found in the MVA: Getting Started with Windows 10 for IT Professionals session, however, the short answer is that both browser offerings will be available at launch.  Enterprise mode, which provides an IE8 type experience allowing legacy apps work properly, can also be enabled in Windows 10.

Steps to enable Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode on Windows 10 Technical Preview are as follows:

  1. Press Windows Key + R on your keyboard to launch the local group policy editor
  2. Enter gpedit.msc into the Run dialog, and press Enter
  3. In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates >Windows Components > Internet Explorer


  4. Find "Let users turn on and use Enterprise Mode from the Tools menu option" and double-click the option
  5. In the dialog windows, click on Enabled allowing users to enable Enterprise Mode manually
    NOTE: IT administrators can also use the website list option to automatically enable the Use the Enterprise Mode via an IT provided list of websites.  The list can be saved on a website or on the local computer
  6. Click Apply, then OK to accept the changes
  7. Close the Group Policy Editor
  8. Close all open IE 11 browser windows
  9. To activate Enterprise Mode, open a new IE 11 window
  10. Press the Alt key on your keyboard and navigate to the Tools menu
  11. Select Enterprise Mode

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