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I recently installed the Spring Update 1 ( the day it was released ) on my Windows 8.1 installation. This feature was working last Saturday today I noticed that it wasn't.

The first thing I attempted to do was toggle the feature on and off. As you can see the feature is indeed enabled. enter image description here

Here is my current session: enter image description here

After I close IE11 here is the startup session: enter image description here

I have attempted to look for people with similar problems. The problem I encountered I wasn't able to find anyone with this problem after they installed the Spring Update. Anyone have any ideas on how to restore IE to start with my previous session?

I actually first noticed this problem today when IE11 didn't request to load my previous session ( this happen if you have a certain number of tabs ). I normally can figure a problem like this out.

At this point I am stumped and my head is sore from all the scratching I have been doing.

Update 1

Some additional information was discovered during some additional troubleshooting. I noticed that after closing Internet Explorer 11 an Internet Explorer process would remain running after the IE11 window was closed. If I manually end this process IE11 is able to restore the previous session. If I don't then IE11 is unable to load the previous session.

What is interesting is that this process does not show up within Process Explorer. Here is this "ghost" process that uses 0% of my CPU and only 29.3MB of memory. If I manually end this process IE will always load the previous session.

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Update 2

I was asked about which specific version I have installed currently:

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I also attempted the new profile. By doing this I had a minimal user profile and ruled out any issues with my current profile. This also means if I were to reset IE11 I likely would still have the problem. At this point I truly believe this to be a bug in Windows and some how connected to the Spring Update 1.

Here is a Piriform Speccy profile of my system: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/8m7q8iHMtSGrjEMlG2JPrOI

Update 3

Please don't link to this Microsoft Answer I just created it. If anything comes from it I will either update the question or if I am able to resolve the problem I will republish the answer here myself.

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You could try to Reset Internet Explorer to Default‌​. –  harrymc Apr 16 '14 at 17:16
@harrymc - I am not willing to do that at this stage. I created a shortcut that prevented all add-ons from being launched and this problem remained. What I will do is create a new User and see this problems still exists. –  Ramhound Apr 16 '14 at 17:31
And what happens if you click Tools / Reopen last browsing session? –  harrymc Apr 16 '14 at 17:35
@harrymc - It does indeed open the last session but its suppose to do so automatically. The thing about IE is if you say navigate to a website that is not your home tab before you restore the last session its actually replaced because there is now "active" session. –  Ramhound Apr 16 '14 at 18:47
I have Win8+IE10 and these are my 2 cents: When Start with tabs from the last session is enabled I lose all open tabs in about 1 of 10 startups. Before I had this option disabled and I always manually activated menu item Tools > Reopen last browsing session after IE startup. In that case I was losing open tabs only very rarely (maybe every 300 launches). Until the problem is fixed, I suggest at least trying this workaround with manual restoring tabs after startup. –  miroxlav Apr 17 '14 at 23:18

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This seems to be an issue with Internet Explorer's core system, if your system will allow you to uninstall/re-install IE, I would do so.

You can usually do this in the Windows 'Turn Windows Features on or off' section.

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Windows 8.1 ships with IE11 and doing the 'Turn Windows Features On or Off' would just revert IE to the default installed browser, which is IE11 and therefore can't really be done. –  PTW-105 Apr 22 '14 at 22:10


I had the same problem as you have and the same system. I went to tools>>> Internet options>>> Advanced settings >>> Go to Enable Caret Browsing for new windows and tabs and put a check mark next to this. I did this and it opened my last browsing sessions. I couldn't before.

Hope this helps and if it doesn't then I would suggest to reset to default and then go back and check the Enable Caret Browsing again.

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