Windows 10 ships with two built-in browsers. One is the good old Internet Explorer that went out of support in June 2022. The other one is the Edge browser, a newer-generation Chromium-based web browser. Obviously, Edge is Microsoft’s favorite browser.
Unfortunately, Internet Explorer may sometimes have trouble rendering content from websites using the latest web technologies. That’s why the browser first checks whether it’s capable of rendering the website content or not. Microsoft also maintains a list of all the sites that are incompatible with IE.
Whenever IE can’t render a website, it will automatically redirect you to Microsoft Edge. In other words, IE automatically launches Edge, inviting you to switch to the new web browser.
But that’s something that many users don’t really like. As a result, they’re looking for ways to prevent IE from redirecting them to Edge.
How Do I Stop Internet Explorer from Redirecting to Edge?
If you don’t have the option to disable the add-on IEToEdge BHO, you can navigate to the location of the exe file and rename the file. Currently, for me, the file location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\110.0.1587.57\BHO
If you want a different fix, one of our users in the Comments suggested the following:
Navigate to Control panel > Internet option > Under Advanced tab > untick “Enable third-party browser extensions”
By the way, if you want to learn more about Edge redirections, go to Microsoft’s support page.
What Users Say About This Redirection Thing
What makes users really angry is that Microsoft doesn’t give them any choice as to the browser they want to use. Instead, the company is simply ramming Edge down its throats.
Windows 10 users clearly stated they should be given the option to choose whether they want IE to open Edge or not. Since the Redmond giant refuses to do so, many users went as far as uninstalling Edge completely. Well, it seems that’s something Microsoft didn’t take into consideration when implementing the automatic redirections.
If Internet Explorer can’t render the websites you’re visiting, it will automatically redirect you to Edge. The good news is that you can edit your settings to prevent automatic redirections. What’s your stance on this matter? Do you agree with Microsoft’s strategy, or you think the company has gone too far? Share your thoughts in the comments below.