How to Enable Windows Internet Explorer

by Dave Wilson

The Microsoft Windows 7 operating system features components, such as Internet Explorer, that can be enabled or disabled depending upon how Windows will be used. If the Windows computer will be used for Web browsing, and will have programs installed that require Internet Explorer, you should enable the Internet Explorer Web browser using the "Programs and Features" utility included with Windows.


Click the "Start" button on the Windows 7 desktop, and click "Control Panel" and then click the "View by" drop-down box, and click the "Large icons" option.


Click "Programs and Features," and then click "Turn Windows features on or off."


Click the check box next to the "Internet Explorer 8" or "Internet Explorer 9" item. Click the "OK" button to save the setting.

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About the Author

Dave Wilson has been writing technical articles since 1993, including manuals, instructional "how-to" tips and online publications with various websites. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and has Microsoft, Cisco, and ISC2 (CISSP) technical certifications. He also has experience with a broad range of computer platforms, embedded systems, network appliances and Linux.

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