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Disable Enhanced Security in Internet Explorer on Windows Server 2019

JH
Joe Harris
February 27, 2021

Internet Explorer’s default functionality is significantly reduced on server versions of Windows, and content blocking warnings appear. But there is a way to fix the situation. In this tutorial, we will disable Enhanced Security in Internet Explorer on Windows Server 2019.

Method 1 — Disable via Server Manager

Start Server Manager.

Start Server Manager
Screenshot 1. Start Server Manager.

Click Local Server in the left menu.

Click Local Server
Screenshot 2. Click Local Server.

On the right side you will see the IE Enhanced Security Configuration parameter. Click On next to it.

Open Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration
Screenshot 3. Open Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration.

In the window that appears, disable this option for administrators and users and click OK.

Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration
Screenshot 4. Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration.

Server Manager will show Off for IE Enhanced Security Configuration after a few seconds. If it doesn’t, try updating the window contents.

IE Enhanced Security Configuration is turned off
Screenshot 5. IE Enhanced Security Configuration is turned off.

You can now fully use Internet Explorer on Windows Server 2019.

Method 2 — Disable via PowerShell

Open PowerShell.

Open PowerShell
Screenshot 6. Open PowerShell.

Paste the following script there and press Enter. Sometimes a double tap is required.

function Disable-IEESC {
$AdminKey = "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{A509B1A7-37EF-4b3f-8CFC-4F3A74704073}"
$UserKey = "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{A509B1A8-37EF-4b3f-8CFC-4F3A74704073}"
Set-ItemProperty -Path $AdminKey -Name "IsInstalled" -Value 0
Set-ItemProperty -Path $UserKey -Name "IsInstalled" -Value 0
Stop-Process -Name Explorer
Write-Host "IE Enhanced Security Configuration (ESC) has been disabled." -ForegroundColor Green
}
Disable-IEESC

Paste the script in PowerShell
Screenshot 7. Paste the script in PowerShell.

Internet Explorer now works in normal mode.

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