NoIE4StubProcessing breaking new user IE shortcut creation

Won’t fix Issue #9506133


Trent K.
Oct 24, 2016
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Steps to reproduce

  1. Add the following to a Windows 7sp1 PC:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components]

  1. log in as a new local account. your IE icon will not appear in the taskbar.

This emulates a condition some of our PCs have after installing IE11 (and possibly some IE11 patches? this is still being confirmed). After installation of IE11 with no reboot, the above string value and a runonce string value to remove the “NoIE4StubProcessing” on reboot are created. As the users on these PCs aren’t local admins, the runonce command is unable to delete the registry entry. This appears to prevent the creation of the IE taskbar shortcut. Removing the above registry key fixes the shortcut creation for all subsequent users.

Is there something we can do to prevent this key from getting stuck in there in the first place?


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    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Assigned To to “Brad E.”

      Changed Status to “Won’t fix”

    • Please note that we are not working on IE feature bugs any
      longer at this time unless they are security related.


      Alternatively, if you have a premier support
      contract you can visit

      and open a support incident and work with an engineer to
      address this issue.


      All the best,

      The MS Edge Team

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