How to kill Internet Explorer and other unwanted Windows 10 features

Not all Windows 10 features are great, like Internet Explorer, and you may want to remove them from your PC. Here’s how.

If you are still using Internet Explorer, it is time to give it up. With the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has officially stopped developing new features for its previously pioneering browser, and now only offers security patches intended for use in large organizations with custom applications that require the legacy browser for compatibility reasons.

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It is much better to choose a modern browser that works with the web as it exists today. In Windows 10, Microsoft Edge is the default, but you can install a new browser like Chrome or Firefox and set it as your default. After this task is finished, you can disable Internet Explorer forever.

To locate this key, type features in the search box and open the Turn Windows features on or off dialog box from the list of search results (Figure A). Clear the check box to the left of Internet Explorer 11, click OK, and restart.

Figure A


From the same dialog, you can also get rid of other old parts of Windows 10 that only exist for compatibility reasons, including Windows Media Player and the Windows Fax and Scan feature.

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