I'm starting to see a number of users who are having problems opening versions of Outlook that are years newer than Internet Explorer 4.
I can´t open Outlook 2010, I have Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9. When I try to open Outlook, an error dialog says "this functionality requires Internet Explorer 4.0 or above. You can download it from Microsoft website".
When you receive this error message, it indicates the Internet Explorer version keys are corrupt.
Open the registry editor and change the values for the Internet Explorer reg key. They should be at or close to the following values if you have Windows 8 (and higher than 5).
Build = 98112
MkEnabled - "Yes"
Version = 9.0.8112.16421
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If you don't want to edit the registry yourself, you can use the following prepared registry file. To use, download it and double click to run. Note: If you use FireFox, you'll need to change the extension to reg.
Tip: you can open *.reg files in Notepad to view the keys and values they change.