How Windows 8 Wants To Force IE10 On You

How Windows 8 Wants To Force IE10 On You

File this under “slightly sneaky”: in Windows 8, there are two versions of Internet Explorer: one using the shiny new Metro interface, and a desktop version that looks more like the current release (and works on low-res screens). You can control which version gets launched, but only if you choose to make IE your default browser.

The default behaviour for Windows 8 is to launch the Metro version if you’re in a Metro app, and the desktop version if you’re not. The official IEBlog notes that there’s a switch which lets you elect to always use one version or the other. However, you can only alter that setting if you have IE set as your default browser. If not, it’s greyed out.

Granted, if you’ve switched to Chrome or Firefox (as most Lifehacker readers have), then you probably don’t want IE popping up under any circumstances. Nonetheless, if you’re running multiple browsers, it would be nice to be able to tweak this setting without having to constantly change your default browser.

Launch Options for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 [IEBlog]


  • I think it’s funny that people think that IE is slow. How fast you browse now is determined more by your internet connection than browser.

    But I guess if you truely care about the terrible language called JavaScript running faster, then by all means, install chorme and get the small boost you’ll get from it.

    Guys, really try IE 9 or 10 in your day to day use and you’ll find that IE is on par with Chrome, Firefox and all the others. It’s so sad to see people cling to the belief that IE is still terrible based on IE 5 or 6 useage. Yes they were terrible, but they were still on par with every other platform out there on the day of release.

    • I have all three running all day at work. IE 9 is fine while actually browsing , but it lags the most with opening/closing tabs and running a large number of tabs at once. This makes the UI feel more sluggish under normal working conditions. At the same time it offers no benefits over the other two browsers that would make up for this.

      IE9 is a serious improvement from the bad old days, but I still don’t feel it’s quite on par with the rest – maybe IE10 will change that.

    • I disagree entirely. Perhaps the differences are less with newer cpu’s?
      In back to back tests chrome vs ie9, i’ve found ie9 to be useless. It crashes too regularly, can’t handle having more than 5 or so tabs open etc. chrome flies, regardless of number of tabs etc. up to 25 and my machine suffers no slowdown. It leaves me asking the question, why u so slow ie9?
      Hell, my boss gave me a raise when I changed all the work comps to chrome. He felt I had increased productivity for the business, so thank you google.
      If only Microsoft could realize the simplicity of their reducing productivity with such a slow browser, then maybe they could address the issue.

    • I agree with what your saying, the differences in rendering are negligible, however, your ignoring the multitude of other ways in which IE is inferior. Less functionality, security, and it definitely crashes more than chrome. Add to that the fact it doesn’t meet a large number of web standards that every other browser does, and you’ve got pretty good grounds to describe it as lousy.

      • Hmm, not sure what you mean by more secure or how you measure that, but it stands up in hack tests quite well. In terms of stability, Chrome crashes far more often for me (generally blue screens PC when I shut more than about 10 tabs to exit), whereas IE seems to be quite happy to open dozens of tabs, with no speed problems, and exits with out blue screens (I know this is specific scenario, but hey, those in glass houses). In terms of functionality? sorry to say this but what are you using a browser for? IE meets almost every function that other browsers have (it may have even copied the ideas in some cases (eg developer HTML toolset looks a lot like the one in firefox))

        Not sure if you’ve taken a look at IE 9 or 10 as well, since all of the non standard stuff that was in IE6 and 7 is gone pretty much (check out IE 9 and 10 acid tests against your favoured browser and you’ll see the gap is pretty much gone).

        I’m not saying IE is perfect, but it is a lot closer (if not ahead in some areas) and better than people think. If you choose to stick you’re head in the sand about it, thats fine, but don’t just carte blanche say IE is lousy.

        The reasons you’ve trotted out are all correct, if you are using IE 5,6 or 7. But I would ask that you go and take a look at the facts before saying IE is bad.

        • I guess it just comes down to different experiences. I personally have found IE9 to crash and reload tabs more often than anything else (mainly because nothing else actually does this) – this has happened on multiple computers by the way. Plus I can’t stand that “speed up performance by disabling add ons” nag that seems to come up even when I tell it not to – isn’t the point of add ons to be used? The tabs-on-side layout also does not work for me, the “One box” is a really lame imitation of Google’s Omnibox (to the extent that I heaps prefer Firefox’s two-box setup, customised with Browse-by-name), font rendering needs a patch to be workable… I actually reverted to IE8 just half an hour ago on this machine.

          Personal experience and preferences, nothing more, nothing less.

      • Rofl yeah. Clearly doesn’t underatand that it’s not the speed but the overall support for web applications and general coding IE does horrible at. Hell even 7 was better than 8 and 9 in terms of support of functionality. The amount of backdooring scripting needed and workarounds to make something work for IE is attrocious.

        -5 years in web dev.

    • Thats right… I gree with Stewart Walker. Speed is always decided by internet type of connection we use and how fast it is. IE is th best ever in my experience.

  • Forced integration blows. The reason I use chrome is due to its light weight and friendly interface…Seriously how long does Apple have to be an enormous company before people learn to INTELLIGENTLY DESIGN INTERFACES, its not that hard.

  • I’ve been a Netscape/Firefox user since I first got on-line 15 or 16 years ago but I really don’t have a preference any more, except for the fact that I am used to Firefox and have it set-up just the way I like it. But I’ve been using IE 10 a bit since I installed the Win8 Preview and it seems just as fast as Firefox to me. Realistically, its probably only the Fire-FTP add-on that keeps me coming back to Firefox.
    I’ve installed Chrome a few times and tried to use it on and off but I really don’t see the point. It is way too bare-bones for what I’m used to.

  • Wow. Another shock. Another way Windows 8 is going in the wrong direction. I use IE, chrome and firefox. When I want full browsing, I use firefox (add-ons n stuff). When I want to check something quickly, or want to do something without using too much power and without waiting too long. Then I have chrome apps. Android should get a desktop version, and show Microsoft how it’s done (or rather, how it was done, and still should be done).

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