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How To: Activate Windows 10’s Enterprise Mode

How To: Activate Windows 10’s Enterprise Mode 

This particular question has been a major talking point amongst various IT professionals, as many organizations are looking for a web browser that provides access to legacy intranet sites that these businesses frequently rely on.

The short answer to this question is that both Internet Explorer and Edge will be available for use in Windows 10. Users can then enable Enterprise Mode, which not only crafts an experience that is very similar to IE8, but also allows for the seamless transition of legacy apps to the new operation system.

Here is a step-by-step guide that will show you how to activate Enterprise Mode on the Technical Preview of Windows 10.

  1. Press Windows Key + R on your keyboard to open the local group policy editor.Windows10 IE Enterprise Mode 001.png-550x0
  2. Type gpedit.msc into the Run dialog, and then press Enter.
  3. In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate over to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer.Windows10 IE Enterprise Mode 002.png-550x0
  4. Look for “Let users turn on and use Enterprise Mode from the Tools menu option,” and double-click on that option.
  5. Click on Enabled in the dialog windows. This allows users to enable Enterprise Mode manually.
    Note: IT administrators can also use the website list option to automatically enable the Use the Enterprise Mode via an IT provided list of websites.
    The list can be saved on a website or on the local computer.Windows10 IE Enterprise Mode 003.png-550x0
  6. Click on Apply, then on OK to accept and confirm the changes.
  7. Close the Group Policy Editor.
  8. If there are any open IE 11 browser windows, close them.
  9. To activate Enterprise Mode, open a new IE 11 window
  10. Press the Alt key on your keyboard and navigate over to the Tools menu.Windows10 IE Enterprise Mode 004.png-550x0
  11. Select Enterprise Mode from the menu.

If you would like a more detailed look at activating Enterprise Mode, be sure to check out our MVA: Getting Started with Windows 10 for IT Professionals session.

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