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There are two different Internet Explorer versions in Windows 8. I would like to open Internet Explorer for the desktop from command line.

We can run it via Win+Riexplore, but I would like to run it from the command prompt or PowerShell. Can it be done?

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For normal command line just use "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" for the 64bit one or "C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" for 32bit one – nixda Jan 8 '13 at 12:36
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Using PowerShell, I found that Invoke-Item was a key command:

Invoke-Item "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"

Other factors:

  1. The command only worked for me when I gave the full path to iexplore.exe.

  2. You may run into script execution problems if you save the instruction and run from a .ps1 file. In that case, execute the following from an elevated PowerShell prompt:

    Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
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Note sure if Start-Process would not be better; again we need the full path: Start-Process "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" – Guy Thomas Jan 8 '13 at 13:26

The tried and true method in every relevant version of Windows:


will open IE and navigate to google. I use invoke-item for some things, but this can be done from the run box (which the OP stated) which saves key strokes. It also works in cmd and powershell, b/c iexplore's path is in the PATH env variable.

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