Edge displays This website needs Internet Explorer message

At times when you visit a website using Edge browser in Windows 10, you may receive a message: This website needs Internet Explorer. This website uses technology that will work best in Internet Explorer. This post explains what you can do and why this happens.

This website needs Internet Explorer

This website needs Internet Explorer

This happens due to this due to compatibility issues with some of the websites. Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10 doe not support ActiveX, Silverlight, Java, JavaScript or some other legacy technology. So if you visit a website that uses such technologies which are not supported by Edge, then you will see this message.

In such cases, you should click on Open with Internet Explorer. The web page will open with IE.

If you click on Keep going in Microsoft Edge, the website may open in Edge, but with reduced functionality.

This message is controlled using a cloud-hosted Compatibility List, which Edge downloads from time to time. Once the website abandons legacy technologies and embraces new one’s, the list gets updated, and Edge will no longer display this message when you visit the website.

If at any point, you now feel that you need to view the web page in IE, open More actions and click on Open with Internet Explorer.


That is all there is to it!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. 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.


  1. MikeS

    Great tip thanks

  2. Meghana Sathe

    I have an intranet site that is using SilverLight controls on a few web pages. But whenever I open this site on Edge, it does not show me this Website needs IE message. I in fact want Edge to throw that error so our users would know to use IE instead of Edge till we fix it to work on Edge. But on Edge, the site just looks broken at many spots. Is there a way to force Edge to show this page by adding some code/site header?

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