Reactivating Internet Explorer in Windows 8.1

Reactivating Internet Explorer in Windows 8.1

"This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator."

Initially, MSIE display was greatly reduced in size (as if the display area were greatly increased in size) and was 'reduced' to a small area at top of screen.

Suggestions from Microsoft ( were to turn off MSIE 11 in 'Windows Features'.

I carelessly turned off other features, resulting in the above "This Operation.." message.

I then compared the Windows Features settings with another WIN 8.1 PC (Running in Parallels 10 on MAC OS X 10.10.3) and reset so that both had same settings.

The "This Operation.." message persists (from Microsoft Outlook Mail when trying to activate a URL link in a mail message.

How do I fix this? [MSIE 11 is currently unchecked in Windows Features.  

I am OK with using Google Chrome, currrently version 43.0.2357.130 m.
MARSPATHRetired EE/Computers/ITAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Can you enable Internet Explorer in Windows Features?

If not, what other features have you disabled?

You can try two things:

1. Restore to a prior point (Action Center, recovery options).
2. Run DISM:

Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Scanhealth (takes 15 - 20 minutes).
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth (takes 15 - 20 minutes).

Restart the computer and test.

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MARSPATHRetired EE/Computers/ITAuthor Commented:
>>> Can you enable Internet Explorer in Windows Features?

I did, and although MSIE still behaves as above, the Outlook issue is fixed. As we are using Chrome, the result will be OK.

Thanks for your continuing support.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@MARSPATH  - Thanks for the update and I was happy to help.
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