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It appears that IE10's Metro mode blocks connections to servers running on the local network (for example, 192.168.1.x).

I am able to connect to the server from IE 10 in regular desktop mode.

How do I connect to a HTTP server on my LAN from Metro IE10?

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What error are you getting exactly? This seems like a configuration problem. There are lots of reasons a local ip address needs to be acessed, for instance for the configuration of a router, I know that Microsoft would not prevent that on WinRT while using the Metro browser. – Ramhound Jun 21 '12 at 19:28
@Ramhound: A generic "The page can't be displayed" error. (FWIW, it looks the same as a DNS error, but I'm typing the IP directly.) Given that I can switch to the Desktop and IE10 connects to the server just fine, it seems like Microsoft is deliberately blocking connections to the local network. (For example, there are some hacks to get Fiddler working with Metro IE.) – josh3736 Jun 21 '12 at 19:37

What you're encountering is by design, you're trying to circumvent IE security hosted on a localized installation of Windows operating system.

But what you're doing is a necessity in a development environment for testing functionality and also for testing the same security issues your browser is "protecting you from".

Microsoft has addressed this predicament via an unsupprted utility the way they refuse to support many of their resource kit utilities.

Visit this MSDN Blog post for a better explanation as of this date in 2012 the EnableLoopBackUtility.exe which also has the direct download link if you're ready to get right to it:


Direct Download

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