How to uninstall Internet Explorer

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How to uninstall Internet Explorer
Removing Internet Explorer from your computer may be useful for those who no longer use it. (laptop image by martini from Fotolia.com)

Internet Explorer is Microsoft's own Internet browser, which comes packaged with the Windows operating system. With many users turning to third-party browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera, Internet Explorer often lies unused and occupying valuable hard-drive space. Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from machines running Windows 7, Vista and XP. Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP can be removed, though Internet Explorer 6 will take its place.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Windows 7/Vista/XP
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer

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Instructions

    Windows 7

  1. 1

    Close all programs and processes to avoid any interruptions during the uninstall.

  2. 2

    Click "Start" and then "Control Panel"; a window will appear.

  3. 3

    Click on "Uninstall a Program" in the Programs category. Windows will compile a list of installed programs and open a new window.

  4. 4

    Click "Turn Windows features on or off" in the left-hand column of the window. A new window will open with a list of Windows features.

  5. 5

    Uncheck the tick box next to Internet Explorer 8. A pop-up window will open alerting you to your choice, click "Yes" to proceed. Windows will now uninstall Internet Explorer and restart your computer.

    Windows Vista

  1. 1

    Close all programs and processes to avoid any interruptions during the uninstall.

  2. 2

    Click "Start" and then "Control Panel"; a window will appear.

  3. 3

    Click on "Uninstall a Program" in the Programs category. Windows will compile a list of installed programs and open a new window.

  4. 4

    Click "View installed updates" in the left-hand column of the window. A new window will open with a list of installed Windows updates.

  5. 5

    Find and double-click "Windows Internet Explorer 8" within the displayed list. Confirm that you wish to remove the software in the dialog box that appears. The Internet Explorer 8 removal process will now begin. Once the uninstall is finished, restart your computer to completely remove the browser.

    Windows XP

  1. 1

    Close all programs and processes to avoid any interruptions during the uninstall.

  2. 2

    Click "Start" and then "Control Panel"; a window will appear.

  3. 3

    Click "Add or Remove Programs" in the Control Panel window. Windows will compile a list of installed programs.

  4. 4

    Find and click on "Windows Internet Explorer 8". If you are running Internet Explorer 7, "Windows Internet Explorer 7" will be listed and can be removed to revert to Internet Explorer 6.

  5. 5

    Click on "Remove" after selecting the correct version of Internet Explorer. Windows will prompt you to make sure you wish to remove the program. Click "OK." Once the uninstall process finishes, restart your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • If you removed Internet Explorer 7 from your Windows XP machine, verify that Internet Explorer 6 has been restored. Open Internet Explorer by clicking on "Help" and then "About Internet Explorer". Your version number will be listed and should begin with "6".
  • It is not possible to remove Internet Explorer 7 or 8 from a Windows XP machine that has already installed the Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) update. To remove Internet Explorer, first uninstall SP3, then follow instructions for removing Internet Explorer. Once Internet Explorer has been removed, reinstall SP3. This issue affects only Windows XP machines.

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