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Having waited until the last minute for a number of reasons I finally bit the bullet and updated my main Windows 7 x64 machine to Windows 10. It went smoothly but took several hours. Now it’s settled down it works smoothly, with a noticeable improvement in overall responsiveness.

The negatives of the upgrade process were that it lost network printing from other connected machines and more importantly removed IE11, leaving Edge as the main browser. The printing issue needed file and printer sharing to be set up again and was eventually sorted out. I decided to try Edge but this wasn’t a happy experience.

I use twin monitors on this machine and fire browsers up on the right hand one. Edge however doesn’t remember where it was and always launches somewhere on the left hand monitor. Not useful. It also doesn’t have a proper status bar and instead puts a ‘tooltip’ up at the bottom left hand side of the browser window. The problem is that it doesn’t work for every link for some reason. Again, not useful. Worst of all, it hangs frequently when you use multiple tabs. Three tabs seems to be the limit for me. So, it may be fast, it may have a clean interface but it seems still to be in beta.

OK, so if I don’t want to use Edge, I’ll use IE11 instead. On my Windows 10 tablet IE11 is there. On a previously upgraded Windows 7 machine it’s there. But this latest Windows 10 (1511) Upgrade removed IE11.

It took a lot of searching before I found the solution, which is to install IE11 as a ‘Windows feature’. Go to ‘Control Panel, Programs and Feature – Turn Windows features On or Off’ and you find IE11 in the features list. It takes a few minutes to find the required files but then, after a reboot, you have IE11 back.


1) The removal of IE11 may well be specific to the machine in question for some reason.

2) The Win 10 Anniversary Update includes an updated version of Edge which works correctly with multiple monitors

3) The problem with the status bar remains

4) Crashes with multiple tabs remains an issue fro me.

Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 11:36 PM Windows 10 , Edge | Back to top

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thanks for sharing artical
Left by equator solution on Jul 30, 2016 2:28 AM

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This story about IE being removed from Windows 10 is not true.

Edge and IE11 has been in every version of Windows 10 (insider and public editions) since it's release.

I use IE11 on windows 10 daily. Its on the on the Start Menu. Just hit the Windows key and search for it.

I am currently running the current insider build of Redstone 14905 and it is still there as well.

It would be prudent to correct your story. Especially on a blog titled geeks.
Left by catcher on Aug 28, 2016 9:12 AM

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IE11 was definitely removed on the machine in question although it may well be a specific set of circumstances that led to this. It didn't happen on another machine I upgraded. I will update the post to indicate it's a specific error.
Left by Ian Haynes on Aug 31, 2016 5:34 AM

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Very nice tip for my new window 10 thanks for sharing.
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