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[Solved] How to disable Internet Explorer browser on Windows using Control Panel or DISM

Solution 1: Use Control Panel for client OS only

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

Step 1: Press the Windows logo key+R to open the Run box.

Step 2: Type appwiz.cpl, and then select OK.

Step 3: In the the Programs and Features item, select Turn Window features on or off.

Step 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.

Step 5: Select OK to commit the change.

Step 6: Restart the computer.

Solution 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.

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 tool
Version: 6.1.7600.16385
Image Version: 6.1.7600.16385
Disabling 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.

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 tool
Version: 6.1.7600.16385
Image Version: 6.1.7600.16385
Enabling 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.
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.

Reference

Windows Support: How to disable Internet Explorer on Windows

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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