How to uninstall ie7 via a command line

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How to uninstall ie7 via a command line
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Internet Explorer, the Microsoft made browser, comes with all copies of Windows. However, you may want to remove it. This could be for reasons ranging anywhere from simply preferring another browser, to having it infected with a virus and wanting to uninstall it so you can reinstall a new version. Regardless, it's not hard to do.

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  1. 1

    Press the "Start" button and then "Run" on the start menu, or press the "Windows key"+"R" to bring up the Run window. This is a window where you can run programs by typing in the executable name and path of the program.

  2. 2

    Type in "Cmd.exe" (without the quotation marks). Cmd stands for command, and is the command line interface to interact directly with the operating system, resembling the original operating system of MS-DOS from the late '80s and early '90s.

  3. 3

    In the cmd window, type in "%windir%\ie7\spuninst\spuninst.exe" (without the quotation marks). This tells the command line window what file to run. "%windir" indicates windows directory, "%ie7" indicates Internet Explorer 7, and "spuninst" is service pack uninstall. Press enter to execute this and uninstall Internet Explorer 7.

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