Many users have noticed that the Internet Explorer is missing from the system after they perform restart to complete installation of a pending update. The Internet Explorer is not only missing from the start menu but also from the Windows Accessories folder and that is the reason start menu is unable to search it.
If you are facing similar circumstances you can try the following directions to help sort out the matter.
Fix to missing Internet Explorer from Windows 10
Step 1: Open Start menu, click All apps (if you can’t see All apps, refer to our All apps missing in Windows 10 guide) and then navigate to Windows Accessories folder.
Step 2: Click on Windows Accessories folder. The Internet Explorer icon should appear here. If the Internet Explorer shortcut is showing up, you can fix the issue (Internet Explore not appearing in search results) by rebuilding the search box. To rebuild, please refer to our how to rebuild the search index in Windows 10 guide for step-by-step instructions.
If the Internet Explorer shortcut is not appearing under Windows Accessories folder, follow the instructions in steps given below.
Step 3: Navigate to the following:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer (on 64-bit/x64 Windows 10)
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer (on 32-bit/x86 Windows 10)
In the above path, “C” is the drive letter of the drive where Windows 10 is installed.
Step 4: Once you navigate to Internet Explorer folder, right-click on iexplore (.exe), click Send to, and then click Desktop (create shortcut) option to create a shortcut of iexplore on desktop.
You can now click on iexplore shortcut on the desktop to launch Internet Explorer browser. To add it back to Windows Accessories folder and make it available in search results, you need to complete the next three steps.
Step 5: Copy the newly created iexplore shortcut from desktop, open Run command box by simultaneously pressing Windows logo and R keys, paste the following path and then hit the Enter key to open Windows Accessories folder. When you see the confirmation dialog, click Continue button.
Step 6: Finally, paste the iexplore shortcut. Rename the shortcut from iexplore to Internet Explorer.
The Internet Explorer shortcut should now appear in Start menu Windows Accessories folder.
Step 7: The search will not immediately show Internet Explorer in its results as the new shortcut we just added to Windows Accessories folder is not indexed yet. Either manually rebuild the search index by following the instructions in our how to rebuild the search index in Windows 10 or wait for a couple of hours to let Windows 10 automatically index the shortcut and show the same in search results.