If you install a third party web browser (like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox) in Windows 8 and make it your default web browser, then it disables the Internet Explorer 10 app on the start screen. Now if you click on the Internet Explorer tile on the start screen, it would launch the desktop version Internet Explorer window, and not the full screen Internet Explorer Metro app. There is a simple way to fix this problem, just make Internet Explorer your default web browser again. Here is how you can do this :
- Run the Internet Explorer web browser from the Windows desktop taskbar shortcut. Even if you click on the Internet Explorer app tile on the Metro start screen, it would launch the Internet Explorer in the Windows desktop.
- In the Internet Explorer window, you would see a gear like icon near the top-right corner. Click on this gear-like icon and select Internet Options from the menu that appears.
- In the Internet Options window, select the Programs tab. Then click on the link Make Internet Explorer the default browser as shown.
- This would open the Set Default Programs window. Select Internet Explorer from the list on the left side, then click on the big Set this program as default button as shown in the picture below.
- Now you can click on the Internet Explorer app tile in your Windows start screen and it would launch the full screen Internet Explorer app as expected.