This quick blog will explain the steps involved in disabling the annoying ?Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration is Enabled? window which you receive after opening IE for the first time in a fresh set up of Windows Server 2019. It?s a security feature which is enabled by default in Windows Server 2019 and looks something like this:
Notice the URL it opens when we start IE: res://iesetup.dll/HardAdmin.htm
When we try accessing any website, an error will pop-up which says the Enhanced Security Config has blocked the website, giving us an option to add the website to IE?s Trusted Zone. You can?t even access https enabled websites which are more secure compared to http ones. It can get cumbersome to add a website to the trusted zone every time we open a new page.
Warning Note: Disabling this feature will open up your IE?s access to the internet. So do install anti-virus software before doing this. Also, you can enable this feature back after downloading any other preferable browser.
How can we disable this?
Go to Start menu and click on the box that says Server Manager. Kindly have a look at the below image for reference:
On the Server Manager?s dashboard, click on Local Server from the left side menu and then click on IE Enhanced Security Configuration option which is to the right of the window. Kindly check the below image for reference:
After you click on the term ?on?, it should give you a window just like this:
As you can see, the security feature is enabled for both Administrators and Users alike. Click on ?off? for both to disable this feature and click on OK.
That?s it! Simple, right? Head over to IE and access any website now.
Notice the URL that it gives now res://iesetup.dll/SoftAdmin.htm
But that should not worry now because it?s just a notification telling you that the Enhanced Security Configuration feature has been disabled. Now you can access any website without adding them to the Trusted Zone.
Disabling this feature will make it easy for you to access websites using IE, however, one should be aware of the potential harm in accessing malicious websites without installing a good anti-virus program in the system first. You can also work on other browsers with this feature disabled as it only affects the way IE connects to the internet.