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Uninstall Microsoft Internet Explorer

written by: Indu Priya•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 12/23/2008

Every year Internet Explorer comes out with newer versions of the software and every new version will have newly added features or bug fixes. But what if you prefer an older version to the one you just installed? We'll take a look at how to uninstall Internet Explorer.

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    Introduction

    Microsoft Internet Explorer is a software application that is used to browse Internet. Every new version of IE (Internet Explorer) has to be installed after you uninstall the older version. Though you can directly replace the older version, the correct way of doing it is uninstalling the older version first. Installing service packs for a browser is much different from installing the browser itself.

    Service packs are upgrades that are downloaded automatically by the browser. These upgrades help the browser to cope with the changing Internet technology. The Internet is a very dynamic entity, and it is constantly being upgraded as newer technologies are introduced. If the browser does not change accordingly, then it cannot display the web pages correctly and that is why we need the newer versions and the service packs.

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    Different ways to uninstall Internet Explorer

    There are different ways to uninstall Microsoft Internet Explorer for different operating systems like Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. Before installing or uninstalling the browser, the knowledge of software that you are using is essential. While you uninstall the latest version of IE on a Windows PC, the older version of IE is automatically restored to the computer. There are two basic methods that you can follow while uninstalling Internet Explorer.

    The first method is simple to use and is great for beginners who do not know the software very well.

    • Click on the start menu and then click on Control panel.
    • A new window will be opened with various options. In that select Add or remove programs.
    • When you click on this, the program will take some time to populate the list of programs available on you computer.
    • Once the list is populated scroll down to Internet Explorer and click on the Uninstall button.
    • The program will start to uninstall and when it is completed it will ask you to restart your computer.
    • Once you restore, it may ask you to install Internet Explorer Version 6.

    This is the simplest way to uninstall the browser aimed at the layman.

    If you are computer savvy then you can choose method 2 to uninstall Microsoft Internet Explorer.

    The second method is a bit longer and more complicated.

    • Click on start and then click on "My Documents".
    • On the documents page, on the top you will find the "tools" option. Click on tools and go to folder options.
    • Under folder options you will find the view button; click on view.
    • In the view tab there is something called "Advanced Settings". Once you select Advanced Settings there is an option called hidden files and folders. Choose the option to show hidden files and click ok.
    • Now click on start again and then click run.
    • A small window with a blank white space will appear.
    • In this window type %windir%\ie7\spuninst\spuninst.exe.
    • Once you choose ok a wizard will appear and guide you through the rest of the process.

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    Conclusion

    By now, you should find that uninstalling IE is a simple process. To get support and more details about Internet Explorer, you can visit the site http://support.microsoft.com/.