Microsoft releases update to disable Enhanced Protected Mode in Internet Explorer 11

Today, Microsoft announced that the Enhanced Protected Mode they had enabled by default Internet Explorer 11 will now be disabled by default. At the time of preview release of Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 8.1, Microsoft had enabled the Enhanced Protected Mode and made it a default setting. It was enabled in both the immersive and desktop modes of IE. It was apparently enabled to gather data and feedback about the websites which use add-ons that are incompatible with IE11’s Enhanced Protected Mode.

Basically, the ‘Enhanced Protected Mode’ in IE11 restricts the Internet Explorer access to the locations that contain your personal information until you grant permission to it. Thus, any impermissible access by exploits code to your personal information is prevented. The information will be accessed only when you provide permission to do so. The Windows Club has already covered the details about Enhanced Protection Mode or EPM earlier.

With respect to the release update of disabling the EPM in IE11, Microsoft says on KB2907803,

“The data we received from our releases let us identify and work site owners and software developers to update their sites to a plug-in-free experience or to provide new versions of their plug-ins that are compatible with Enhanced Protected Mode.”

Microsoft has published detailed information about how to make plug-ins compatible with Enhanced Protected Mode and Internet Explorer 11.

Enable Enhanced Protected Mode

Though the Enhanced Protected Mode is disabled in Internet Explorer by default, Microsoft still recommends that users enable it when using compatible add-ons. To do so, users can change the setting manually. All they have to do is to go to ‘Internet Options’ in Internet Explorer and click on ‘Advance’ tab. In this tab, they will find a list of ‘Security’ options, which can be enabled or disabled by checking or un-checking the boxes in front of each option.


To enable the Enhanced Protected Mode, users need to check the ‘Enable Enhanced Protection Mode’ option. Enterprise administrators can use ‘Group Policy’ to enable Enhanced Protected Mode on users’ computers.

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Ankit Gupta is a writer by profession and has more than 7 years of global writing experience on technology and other areas. He follows technological developments and likes to write about Windows & IT security. He has a deep liking for wild life and has written a book on Top Tiger Parks of India.


  1. Seeker

    HI, I am using IE 11 but I don’t see that particular option in the advanced tab. Why so?

  2. Robert Nielsen

    EPM is only available in IE11 on Windows 8.1. If you’re on Windows 7’s IE11, you don’t have the Enhanced Protection Mode.

  3. Seeker

    Hi, thanks for the information. I was needlessly wondering about it!

  4. Seeker

    That’s disappointing, at least the SPDY part. Microsoft thinks people will migrate to windows 8 just because they are not providing some technology to windows 7 users? They are wrong.
    Font rendering alone had made people to ditch IE or use it seldom. No option for some businesses though!

  5. Seeker

    btw thank you for the link

  6. Robert Nielsen

    You’re welcome. 🙂

  7. Ankit Gupta

    Thanks Robert ! for sharing the info 🙂

  8. Robert Nielsen

    You’re welcome, Ankit! Glad I could help! 😀

  9. Ankit Gupta

    We always welcome learned readers like you Robert 🙂

  10. Bri

    I may have missed something but…I am running Win7 Pro 64bit with IE11 and the option re: Enhanced Protected Mode is certainly there under IO and Advanced >>>Security

  11. DG

    Is there any relationship between IE “Enable Enhanced Protected Mode” (in the IE browser) and “IE Enhanced Security Configuration” setting in Server Manager for Windows Server?

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