If you’ve used Windows 8 for any length of time, you’ve probably clicked on a link to open a website in an email or document and it’s opened in the “UI that was formerly known as Metro” version of IE. It may not have rendered correctly – which you rectified by opening up the site in “Desktop Mode” of IE.
Joey shared this Tidbit of information recently as we were hosting The Edge Show. It will force all links to open in Desktop Mode IE instead of “the modern interface browser”.
Open Desktop Internet Explorer.
Go to Internet Options
Click on Programs
Select “Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop” for How you Open Links
That’s it!!! Solved a bunch of “compatibility issues” with various family members and support professionals I talk with.
I decided to go one step further and figure out if this was a policy setting that could be configured via Group Policy. Turns out – IT IS…. you can set this up in a GPO that affects Windows 8 systems today in your Group Policy Editor…
I hope this helps with your browsing pleasure on Windows 8.