Internet Explorer in a separate process



May 29th, 2005

Windows by default creates one multi-threaded Internet Explorer process in the same way as it handles Explorer. Again, this saves a bit on memory but the downside is that if one of these instances fails, all instances will fail.

When enabled, the following setting causes Windows to create separate processes insulating them from other failures.

  1. Start - Run, then type Regedit
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
    CurrentVersion\Explorer\BrowseNewProcess

    Note: You might need to create BrowseNewProcess as a subkey to Explorer.
  3. Create a new string value called BrowseNewProcess. Set it to Yes for separate processes, No for default.
  4. Reboot

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