How do I solve Internet Explorer did not finish Installing

Question

How do I fix this error message while installing Internet Explorer “Internet Explorer Did Not Finish Installing”

Solved Answer

When you try to install Internet explorer in it throw error message ‘Internet Explorer did not finish Installing’ , most probably the problem could be of ‘Windows Update’. Below steps may help to solve this issue.

Steps

1. Turn off windows firewall. Some times firewall might block files in the package of internet explorer.
2. Turn off the antivirus temporarily.
3. Go to the Control panel ->program and features>>then select the left pane option>> Turn the windows feature on or off>>then you will get this below pop up and then>>unchecked the Internet Explorer>> and restart the computer, after restarting again open the same and now check that option and again do restart.

Internet Explorer did not finish Installing

5. Now try to upgrade it. Download and run the installation package of latest internet explorer.

Download internet explorer 11 for Windows 7




6. If the problem resolved then turn on the firewall and antivirus.

If the problem persist, then follow these steps:

7. Check the Windows Update status. If it is running, then let it finish first.
8. Please click on this link and run that fix for windows updates.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956698 click here to download
9. Open the command line in administrator mode. (How?)
net stop wuauserv
cd %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution
ren Download Download.old
net start wuauserv
Then restart the computer & it will automatically install the updates.
Initially this guide was written for the older internet explorer but it is also working for the latest IE versions up to 11. Above steps are for the Windows 7. In the latest Windows 10 Microsoft has introduced a newer browser known as Edge Browser and even in 2020 they revamped it and recreated it on a chromium based platform. The same platform used by Google chrome.

There are many older applications which still require internet explorer to run properly, So Microsoft still keep the Internet Explorer in Windows 10 as well along with the Edge browser.

Also check : How to upgrade Internet Explorer to the latest version. (For Windows 10, 8, 7)

17 thoughts on “How do I solve Internet Explorer did not finish Installing”

  1. The download will fail at restarting programs when I attempt to install ie 9 to ie 11, Also have tried to install ie9 to ie10 and get the same problem. I have tried everything you recommend plus other tricks we have here at our company. Any suggestion as to why it will go all the way through the download and then just fail at restarting programs ( the very last step in the installation process)

  2. hello, for me it is still not work.
    try downgrade ie11 to ie10. but could not find ie 11 in control panel and view update. so use command force to remove ie11. after could not run ie 10. error linkid=240133

    1. RE STEP 9: I ENTERED COMMANDS #1 & #2 IN CMD (ADMIN) W/NO PROBLEM BUT 2 & 3 FAILED. YOU DIDN’T SAY WHETHER OR NOT TO PRESS ENTER AFTER EACH STEP….. I DID BUT IT MADE NO DIFFERENCE. ANY FURTHER INPUT WOULD BE APPRECIATED

      MIMI VEE

        1. All antivirues have option to turn off firewall temporarily. Which antivirus do you have? Please check it again and let us know.

  3. I also get ‘Internet Explorer Did Not Finish Installing’ when I attempt to manually install IE10 (without going through Windows Update). So it’s not a problem with Windows Update. Any other ideas?

    Thanks,
    Jason

    1. After I had tried to install IE 10 the first time it just stopped working while it was “configuring Windows – Do not turn of” so I had to do a hard reset of the PC. After this I was not able to install IE10, and kept receiving: ‘Internet Explorer Did Not Finish Installing’. After 3 hours of testing I found a solution (which I could not find anywhere online)!

      Solution:
      Booted in to Safe Mode and run the installer there. It installed with no errors.

  4. hi there, I’m having also problems with installing IE11. tried step 1-3, but step4 not working. when I click on nothing appears in the window. Tried to do it without it but again did not finish installing.
    can you help?

    regards paul

  5. Hi,
    I’m logged as administrator with win 7 Ultimate and when I try to run a first line of the script: net stop wuauserv I have got
    System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied

    1. That means your command prompt don’t have administrative rights, so please start your command prompt with administrative rights…
      Clicking on start and then click on accessories then RIGHT click on command prompt and then choose “Run as administrator” option.

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