Restore missing Internet Explorer Tile in Windows 8 Start Screen

No matter which version of Windows 8 Operating System you are using Internet Explorer browser is available in 2 styles – Internet Explorer 10 ‘Metro’ app version and Internet Explorer for Desktop. The Metro or Windows App style IE browser has been designed especially for touch-enabled devices such as tablets.

Now in case you set an alternative browser as your default browser, the Metro-styled Internet Explorer tile from the Windows 8 Start Screen may go missing. Or maybe you simply deleted the tile by mistake and want it restored back. To fix this problem and get the missing Internet Explorer tile back on Windows 8 Start Screen, follow these simple instructions.

Get back missing Internet Explorer tile

If you have set some other browser as the default browser, setting Internet Explorer back as the default browser via the Control Panel will help resolve the issue.

In any case, whether you want to set IE as the default browser or not, there is a simpler way, and that is to start typing Internet Explorer, when on the Start Screen. The Internet Explorer app will appear on the left side.

Right-click on it.

At the bottom, you will see the Pin to Start option. Click on it and you will see the Internet Explorer app tile back on your start screen.

Opening command prompt as a User (not admin), entering the command C:\Windows\System32\ie4uinit.exe -UserIconConfig and hitting Enter will also create the IE tile.

If it is the Internet Explorer desktop version shortcut that you want placed on the start screen, open C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer and right-click on iexplore. Select Create a shortcut to create one on the desktop. Rename it to whatever you want and then right-click it and select Pin to Start.

That’s it!

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • MGspi

    Thanks so much! Resetting explorer as default (from firefox) didn’t work, but the command prompt workaround did!

    You are today’s hero.

  • akmal

    my people app on start screen is missing after installing skype in store. and then poeple app in my start screen just gone. can i get back my people app?

  • Marcodipalo

    thank you this is useful !!! great

  • Jordan

    This does not work if you have uninstalled the IE app. It only works if you unpinned the app from the start screen. :( Anyone no where you can get the IE app again. It is not in the Windows store.

  • Jack

    THAANKS!!!! C:WindowsSystem32ie4uinit.exe -UserIconConfig

  • rose

    my internet explorer tile keeps going strait to desktop what do I do

  • jim


  • hypnotic27

    When I launch the command prompt (not as administrator) any command I type is prefixed C:usersmyname> and the ie4uinit,exe line will not run. How do I overcome this? If I do it as an administrator it says that it should be run as a batch file.

  • Someone

    Did not fix, you are a failure.

  • Anand Khanse

    LOL, I am not, you are! 😀

  • Eshan Ahmad

    It didn’t work

  • Gene

    That would be nice if IE actually showed up. No one seems to have an answer for what to do it it’s not there.

  • raviel

    ok what do I do if nothing you just said is showing up us we lost our owing up in control pannel

  • raviel

    sorry slow computer I’m using our IE icon ant showing up on both and there’s no IE in control panel ether

  • Bluncs

    Worked. Cheers

  • MattWalsh

    This may be related but, i am trying to get a shortcut a created to stay on the start screen. The shortcut uses IE in kiosk mode to open a webpage. Once i have pinned it to the start menu it stays there and works but as soon as you reboot the machine the icon disappears. Any ideas?

  • frank

    I’ve tried this with and without the mouse, but no success to date. frank

  • Whom is this

    If you accidently unpinned this is great…if you or your kids deleted the Metro app then what you need to do is:
    1. Open File Explorer (looks like a Folder on your desktop next to the windows icon)
    2. Double click to Open your “Local Disk C” Drive?
    3. Double click to Open “Program Files”
    4. Double click to Open “Internet Explorer”
    5. Look for the “Name” = “iexplore” which is a “Type” – “Application?”
    6. You just need to Right Click on this and choose “Pin to Start”

    Should put the pin as the item on the far right side of your start menu now, you can drag it wherever you would like.?

    I hope this is helpful and it works for you!

  • CM

    Perfect! This fixed worked for me.Thank you

  • Alon Barzilai

    Hello, i try it but in the apps list i cant find internet explorer
    also when im search -cant find it

    what can i do ?

  • JG. .

    Ugh. THANK YOU!

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