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I have to launch Internet Explorer from the DOS command prompt.

I have done it with Firefox, like:

cd \program files\mozilla firefox\

How to do the same with Internet Explorer?

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Just type


You can also use

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"
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will this also work with the command line from windows (cmd) ? Cuz' it does not for me.. – TheChange Feb 25 '10 at 13:18
@TheChange - My original post of just typing "iexplore.exe" doesn't work on the command line - sorry about that ... it works from START -> RUN ... the "c:\windows\servicepackfiles\i386\iexplore.exe" should work from the DOS prompt (cmd). – Scott Vercuski Feb 25 '10 at 13:20
there is no "servicepackfiles" folder in my windows folder here (on work) and the IE is in program Files folder - maybe this is a country-related thing or something? (iam from germany) just interested :) btw. typing iexplore in Start->Run works – TheChange Feb 25 '10 at 13:22
Thanks scott... can you tell one more thing??? i have to open command prompt, but my laptop is not starting, when i on it, it show a error.. BOOTMGR is compressed restart press ctrl+alt+dlt. i have to open dos and launch ieand then delete some file from c drive – ankush Feb 25 '10 at 13:26
@TheChange - Just noticed that ... seems windows (US version) has a couple of iexplore.exe versions, very odd to say the least. I updated my post to include "C:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe" ... I am hoping that is a common install point (even in the german/european version of windows) – Scott Vercuski Feb 25 '10 at 13:27

Though you're asking for Internet Explorer: just in case you want to use the default browser, then use the start command:

start "" ""
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Maybe without the quotes, but I cannot test right now. Community wikified just to be sure. – Arjan Feb 25 '10 at 14:39
@grawity, smart solution! – Arjan Feb 25 '10 at 15:23
The first quotes are necessary like since Windows 7. This is why you'll find pages saying start "" works no more. – Tomasz Gandor Sep 16 '14 at 10:54
Quotes are needed cuz they represent window title. I tried to fill it and never see the name over the cmd window... Glad to now that now is mandatory... ho ho ho manadatory empty strings. – erm3nda Dec 2 '14 at 5:33

You should cut its location to its original location, "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\", and then you can start it by using:

start iexplore
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THIS is the most short answer. Question says Internet Explorer. Using Start "" "URL" will invoque your primary/favorite browser. This is also correct: "%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" and compatible between OS's also for 64bit versions. – erm3nda Dec 2 '14 at 5:37

There should be an environment variable for the Program Files directory. On my install it is %ProgramFiles%. It may be localized for a given language into whatever the equivalent phrase/word is in that language. I could imagine that the Internet Explorer folder name might be localized as well. This should handle cases where Windows is installed to a drive letter other than C:

Thus, to start Internet Explorer from the command line (for me):

"%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"

Remember the double quotes as there is a space in the command line!

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Using variables %ProgramFiles% is a good way to avoid path mistakes also made compatible script between 32/64 os paths. Anyway start iexplore looks better. – erm3nda Dec 2 '14 at 5:42

From anywhere:

start iexplore

ought to do the trick - actual path is unimportant. As long as the path exists - it'll run the executable. As a note: start firefox should work as well under a default installation.

If you want to run things without the path environment variable set - it's pretty easy to create a registry launch alias:

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Here's how I use it:

iexplore ""

Result: Opens IE and navigates to the URL.

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The easy way to open internet explorer in the command prompt is by simply typing start iexplore.exe. You can also use the same method to open Chrome as well.

Don't forget to open command prompt in elevated mode.

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The shortest way is to use start with exe name as 1º param.

  1. start "" iexplore // you may use start iexplore on most systems.
  2. start "" firefox
  3. start "" chrome

Yes! works.

But you have ask only about IExplorer. Following your code sample: cd \program files\mozilla firefox\ firefox

Same code with internet explorer equals to: cd \program files\internet explorer\ iexplore

When start iexplorer do not work for you, the best chance may be: "%programfiles%\internet explorer\iexplore" // you do not need to use uppercases

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Depending on where your internet Explorer system folder files are located, the following opens up the yahoo main page for instance as it is:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" "http:\"

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