Internet Explorer 11 hanging due to ie11welcome.microsoft.com outage RRS feed

  • Question

  • This is an exceedingly frustrating issue.

    Microsoft decided that Internet Explorer 11 users on Windows 10 should be forced to view the "welcome" page periodically, in order to reconsider their decisions regarding default home page, browser, and search engine.  We get it, you're upset people chose other things, and want to help your corporate siblings and shareholders.  And trust me, our users would not be using IE11 if it weren't requied.  This is annoying but...

    This morning ie11welcome.microsoft.com was down.   Users who were "required" to view the welcome page would have IE just hang on open, for 5+ minutes.  We can see from https://crt.sh/?id=1778251842 that microsoft issued a new website for the site today, maybe it got destroyed and had to be rebuilt.  The combination of making people go to a site, then failing to keep that site available is more than annoying. 

    Please insure there is a suitable means to disable this behavior on corporate machines, and disseminate this information broadly.

    Friday, August 16, 2019 7:45 PM

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  • This got us too, if you find a way to turn it off or re-route it to an internal page, please share.      We had nearly 1000 users staring at the wall all morning because our line of business software is only certified on IE 11. So much like Brian above, we'd love to be rid of it, but can't until the vendor catches up.
    • Edited by WillJenn Friday, August 16, 2019 8:19 PM
    Friday, August 16, 2019 8:19 PM
  • A fix for this was figured out by another TechNet user, KevinMJohnston.  Here's the link:


    I tried this earlier today and it worked perfectly.

    Friday, August 16, 2019 8:22 PM
  • Hi, we started to get this yesterday around 4.30pm GMT. That's now stopped and we are now getting a second tab when opening IE for the first time after the event which is headed "set Microsoft recommended settings for your browser".

    Saturday, August 17, 2019 8:21 AM