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Launch the Desktop Version of IE from the Windows 8 Start Screen


There are two versions of Internet Explorer in Windows 8, one you can only launch from the Start Screen and the Desktop version which you can only launch from the Desktop. Lets look at how we can launch the Desktop version from the Start Screen.

To get started you need to create a shortcut, so right-click on the desktop, and choose New –>  Shortcut.

When you are asked for the location of the item, type the following:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}


Now give your shortcut an name, then click finish.


Now right-click on your new shortcut and select properties from the context menu.

When the dialog opens, click on the Change Icon button.


Paste the following into the textbox:


Now select the the Internet Explorer icon and click ok.


Finally right-click on your new shortcut and select “Pin to Start” from the context menu.


That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 04/12/12

Comments (8)

  1. Asgaro

    This OS will receive the same negative public opinion as with Windows Vista. Marks my words…

  2. r

    Closing Scene: [riding on horseback down the beach, Taylor (Charlton Heston) realizes what has happened. He dismounts & falls to his knees]

    “…You Maniacs! You blew it up! Oh, Dam you! Goddam you all to hell !! ”

    [Camera pans to reveal the half-buried Windows 8 box sticking out of the sand]

  3. Thomas

    I a tech enthusiast, but none of these W8 articles can motivate me starting playing with this new OS.
    For what I’ve been playing with it, I find W8 interface painful; maybe because it breaks all my habits, I don’t know. But nothing is intuitive….. anyway, happy testing for all the ones who found the motivation

  4. thegeekkid

    +1… although I did my own testing….

    I have a few comments of my own: 1. I will never be motivated to open ANY version of IE, and 2. As much as I am a Mac hater, I will buy a Mac before I will spend a penny on W8 (No that doesn’t mean I’m making a trip to the apple store any time soon, it just means that I will be getting more familiar with Linux; which I should have done from the start.)

  5. thegeekkid

    Oh… sorry… that’s a +1 @Thomas… just in case there’s any confusion. :)

  6. Raandy

    I do believe this OS will flop for the major part of the public other than people with Tablets (which this OS seems to be designed for). I was always motivated to try the Betas and previews of any new OS that Microsoft has put out. This one as the above poster has said, I just can’t motivate myself to try this because Win 8 just does nothing for me.

  7. MO

    I did my own testing and the result is “NO” it is hard.

    it is hard to use it unless you have a tablet. it may be good for tablet but for desktop it is hard
    hard to scroll, hard to find your programs. it is turning the windows to a kind of freak.
    it is abit hard to get the bars it is hard to get the corner
    it is hard to press the windows key to go to the Metro
    it is hard to scroll right and left instead of up and down
    but it is fast and IE 10 is very fast

  8. Taylor Gibb

    i do believe this OS will succeed

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