I'm running Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. I installed Silverlight, but for some reason it doesn't work and Silverlight contents never show up. I tried to install it once again and I get a message saying that it's already installed.

What's the problem and how can I fix this?

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Are you running Internet Explorer in desktop mode or in tiled/"modern ui"/"metro" mode? Silverlight, and any other browser plugins, are disabled in Internet Explorer's tiled mode.

Internet Explorer provides an add-on–free experience, so browser plugins don't load and any dependent content isn't displayed. However, Internet Explorer for the desktop does support browser plugins, including ActiveX controls such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight.


  • Well the thing is that it runs well on the Desktop mode while it fails on the Metro mode. Commented Jan 29, 2013 at 16:51
  • Yes, that is how Windows 8 was designed. Commented Jan 29, 2013 at 16:53
  • So that means there's no way for IE10 to run Silverlight ? Commented Jan 29, 2013 at 16:54
  • Only the Metro mode. This is the case with Chrome in Metro mode as well; Microsoft chose not to allow plugins in any Metro app (Flash is a notable exception, though). Commented Jan 29, 2013 at 16:58
  • Aha, I wonder if this is why Netflix wrote a Windows 8 app?
    – Mark Allen
    Commented Jan 29, 2013 at 21:31

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