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How to Uninstall Internet Explorer 9

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By: Michael Muchmore

If you’ve installed the Internet Explorer 9 Beta browser, you’ll know that it replaces Internet Explorer 8, and that the two cannot run side by side. The new browser does offer plenty of advantages over its predecessors-speed, uncluttered design, and more standard support-but there are still some reasons you may want IE8 back. For example, a favorite site doesn’t look quite right (Flickr slideshows are a good example). Or maybe you have work web apps that require an earlier version. (Ironically, our content management system works better in IE9 than it did in IE8).

 

Unlike the IE9 Platform Preview (which you could run side by side with a previous version), IE9 is installed as a Windows Update, rather than a separate app. This means it won’t show up in Control Panel’s Programs\Programs and Features list unless you click

the “View installed updates” link at the top left of the Control Panel.

 

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After this, the easiest way to find the IE9 update is to type “Explorer” (without the quoatation marks) in the Control Panel’s search bar at top right, and the IE9 update will appear as the only showing entry. Double click this, and a confirmation dialog will ask if you want to uninstall the browser. You don’t have to download and install IE8-it will magically reappear as your IE version.

 

The same process works for both Windows 7 and Vista, but in the latter you’ll see entries for both IE8 and IE9 in list in Programs and Features.