How to Install Iexplore.exe

by Josh Baum

Iexplore.exe is the main executable file of Microsoft Internet Explorer. It comes pre-installed on every computer that ships with Windows, and it is actually fairly difficult to remove, as Windows will typically block attempts to uninstall it. If your Windows computer is missing this file, you can install it by downloading and installing the latest free version of Internet Explorer from Microsoft.

Installing the Latest Internet Explorer Version

Launch your computer's default Web browser. Since iexplore.exe is missing, you won't be able to use Internet Explorer. If you don't have another Web browser installed and ready to use, you must restore the computer's previously installed version of Internet Explorer before proceeding. Skip to the next section of this article to perform a system restore, then attempt this section again. If you do have another Web browser, proceed to the next step.

Navigate to Microsoft's default download location for Microsoft Internet Explorer. You can find a link to this page in Resources.

Click the "Download Now" button and save the file to your hard drive.

Double-click the downloaded file to launch the Installation Wizard. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the latest version of Internet Explorer. At the end of the process, you'll be prompted to reboot your computer. Click "Restart Now" and wait for your computer to reboot. When it loads up again, iexplore.exe will be installed and working.

Restoring Internet Explorer

Click the "Start" button in the bottom left corner, then expand "All Programs," then "Accessories" and finally "System Tools." Click "System Restore."

Click "Restore my computer to an earlier time" and click "Next."

Click a restore point on the calendar that appears. Only the bold dates represent a restore point. Choose a date from the last time you remember Internet Explorer working properly. If you're not sure when this was, scroll all the way to the beginning of the calendar and click the earliest date. Click the "Next" button after you've selected a restore point.

Read the details of your chosen restore point on the confirmation screen, then click "Next." Your computer will restore itself and then reboot, which will take several minutes.

Click "OK" on the confirmation dialog box that appears after Windows boots up again. The last installed and working version of Internet Explorer should be installed, so you can use it to find, download and install the latest version using the process described in the above section.