How to Fix the “This page can’t be displayed” Error in Internet Explorer 10

February 28th, 2013

Windows LogoHaving just set up a new install of Windows 7 two days earlier, I learned that Internet Explorer 10 was now available for that OS. So I downloaded and installed it, only to find that it didn’t work. Every URL gave the same error message: “This page can’t be displayed.” My other browsers worked, so it wasn’t the network or the connection. After searching for a while, I found the answer from the linked article. To summarize:

  1. Click the cog wheel towards the upper right part of the IE10 window. This will open a menu.
  2. Select “Internet Options” from the menu. This will open the options window.
  3. Select the “Advanced” tab.
  4. Scroll down to the “Security” section.
  5. Check the “Enhanced Protection Mode” option.
  6. Save the options and restart the computer. Problem fixed!


UPDATE (10/30/2015): For a technical explanation of why this works, please refer to this article from Microsoft. For a less technical explanation of what “Enhanced Protection Mode” does, I recommend this article.

17 Responses to “How to Fix the “This page can’t be displayed” Error in Internet Explorer 10”

  1. [link]Doug White Says:

    Thank you for this answer. It was quite upsetting to experience something that should just work. At one point it seemed to self correct later to reappear as a problem.

  2. [link]alan englert Says:

    Hi Chad,

    I have seen your solution in this and other posts but…. my IE 10 does not have that option. Any idea what I need to do to get it?

  3. [link]Chad Cloman Says:

    Hi Alan,

    Unfortunately I don’t have any further information. Is this by any chance a work computer that has policy settings specified by the IT department? Or perhaps your version of Windows 7 is the issue — I’m using Win 7 Pro 64-bit.

  4. [link]Matthew Says:

    Many thanks, this worked for me.

  5. [link]Frank Says:

    Hasn’t worked for me at all

  6. [link]Madalyn Says:

    Your solution worked like a charm for a problem that was becoming more and more annoying. Thanks!

  7. [link]christine Says:

    Thank you do much. Tried everything then I found your page. One shit and it worked

  8. [link]Thelma Says:

    Thank you so much! This worked great!

  9. [link]zeus Says:

    Tnx worked!!!!

  10. [link]Veronica Says:

    hahah i love you for this!! it sooo work!!!!!!!!! thank you <3

  11. [link]Beki Nobles Says:

    I have the same error, on only. I am running IE 11. There is no ‘enhanced protection mode’ to check (:0( Any ideas?

  12. [link]Anonymous Says:

    Thank you immensely….It worked! You saves many days of nightmare!!!!!!! Thank you.

  13. [link]Richard Seales Says:

    I went to Enhanced Protection Mode and it was already checked and I still have the problem with “this page can’t be displayed”

  14. [link]Karthick S Says:

    Thanks for the suggestion. It was very useful. I was trying to solve this issue for 2 hrs. Finally I saw your post and solved my issue. Thanks a lot.

  15. [link]Roberto Says:

    Hi, I tried your suggestion but I’m still having the same problem, but it’s only with gov sites and I’m in Korea, not a base but outside of a base.

  16. [link]Chad Cloman Says:

    Hi Roberto, as I understand it now, the issue comes down to security. When enhanced protection mode is enabled, your security preferences are tightened down significantly, specifically your “zone” and its permissions. So I suggest going into the security zone settings and see if you can figure it out there.

  17. [link]mschathelp Says:

    Thank you immensely….It worked! You saves many days of nightmare!!!!!!! Thank you.

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