Can I upgrade a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 NOT R2 to Internet Explorer 11?

We are seeing an increase interest in updating to Internet Explorer 11 due to the upcoming changes in support outlined in the blog below:

Stay up-to-date with Internet Explorer -

"After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. For example, customers using Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, or Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 SP1 should migrate to Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving security updates and technical support. For more details regarding support timelines on Windows and Windows Embedded, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle site."

In this quick blog post, we are including a link to a TechNet article "Internet Explorer 11 - FAQ for IT Pros" where in one of the Q/A, we outline the requirements for IE11.

What operating system does IE11 run on?

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Here are other resources you can used to help you prepare the IE11 deployment.

Creating an all-inclusive deployment package for Internet Explorer 11

Tool to Scan your site for out of date libraries, layout issues and accessibility:

Here are other resources available that may be useful:

This blog has been provided to you by the IE Support team!

Comments (3)

  1. Harvey says:

    I’ve downloaded the IE 11 language packs for Windows 2008 R2 SP1 from the Update Catalog, how do I go about installing them?

    They’re in .exe not msu like the ones that I can get for Windows 7.

  2. Venkat says:

    looks like Microsoft ignoring their OS Windows Server 2008 Standard edition. the question was clear and asked for Standard version of 2008 and 2012 and NOT R2 but still we can see the response only for “Windows Server 2008 R2” and “Windows Server 20012 R2”..

    once again, is there IE 11 that supports Windows Server 2008 Standard with Service Pack 2 and 64 bit???

    1. AxelRMSFT says:


      IE11 is not supported on Windows 2008 Standard and Windows 2012 Standard edition. That is why not included in the list of supported OS with in the Technet Article:
      Internet Explorer 11 – FAQ for IT Pros

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