On the main, page, the Metro IE is obtained by importing information taken most likely from Windows 8. I never followed that part of the manual, I did not liked to bring any files, code etc from Windows 8 on my Windows Server 2012, if it is not allready there. That is how I like it. I had allready discovered that Metro IE is accesible via Metro Apps, like Bing. Today I found a way of getting the Start Screen tile to open Metro IE without importing anything from outside WS2012. Open Group Policy, gpedit.msc, then go on this path: Computer Configuration-Administrative Templates-Windows Components-Internet Explorer-Internet Settings-Open Internet Explorer tiles on the desktop . Disable the policy, reboot and there you go. Metro IE was there since the instalation of Desktop Experience the least.