When using Windows 8 you can no longer use Internet Explorer as an App from the Start (Metro) menu. Even with Internet Explorer added as an App on the Start screen it will launch Internet Explorer from the Desktop and not as an independent app.
If you right click on Internet Explorer and click on “Open File Location” You will see it is mapped to the shortcut tools.
This happens when you make an alternative Internet browser your default browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc) causing the icon on the Start screen to be a shortcut and not an App.
When launching Internet Explorer from the Start screen it will open Internet Explorer on the desktop and you will be prompted with a message:
“Set Internet Explorer as your default browser to get a fast and fluid browsing experience that’s great for touch and built for Windows 8.“
- Click on “Set default Browser”
It will then ask you the following:
How do you want to open this type of link (http)?
- Keep using *Browser which has been set as default browser*
- Internet Explorer
- Look for an app in the store
Select Internet Explorer. It will then launch as an App.