Internet explorer 10 does not let me add new search providers RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am trying to add google to IE10 as search provider and I get a message that says "The search provider could not be installed" then it gives me some information (none of which apply here). How can I add it?

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:00 PM


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  • How about trying the following, instead of installing the pre-made one from IE Gallery:

    1) Go to Google and search for TEST

    2) Copy the URL that's in the address bar

    3) Go to and paste the URL in the box, give it a name, then add it as a Search Provider

    I have no idea why Microsoft removed the feature to create your own Search Providers directly on their website, because by not allowing people to create their own custom search providers severely limits what is a very useful feature in IE.


    Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:07 PM
  • Hi,

    What method did you use to set Google as default search provider?

    Here’s what you can try:

    Refer to the steps given in the following link and check if Google is set as the default search engine:

    Make Google my default search engine

    You can use the following steps to remove the other search engine:

    a. Click the Gear icon in the top right corner of the browser window.
    b. Select Manage add-ons.
    c. Select Search Providers.
    d. Right-click on the other search engine and select Remove.
    e. Click Close and restart Internet Explorer.

    You may also refer to: Change or choose a search provider in Internet Explorer

    Hope it  helps.


    Blair Deng


    Blair Deng
    TechNet Community Support

    Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:46 PM
  • im having the same issue. and your method is the exact method that I tried. that's how I got the error.

    I click "add to internet explorer" and I get a message saying that the search provider could not be installed

    Friday, January 16, 2015 9:31 AM
  • I click "add to internet explorer" and I get a message saying that the search provider could not be installed

    Sounds like the effects of an interferer.  To try to avoid them try using a safe boot with networking.

    Otherwise, if you want to try to diagnose your symptom, I would be running ProcMon to see what is going on.

    Good luck

    Robert Aldwinckle

    Friday, January 16, 2015 5:28 PM