How to Uninstall Internet Explorer 9

Over the past several months I have been attempting to use Internet Explorer 9. Even though I have read about its strengths (hardware acceleration, security enhancements, option to pin favorites to the Windows 7 taskbar, etc.), I have not been pleased. While I haven’t done a great deal of trouble-shooting to try and figure out why it is not working well for me, this newest version of Microsoft’s web browser freezes up, doesn’t display content, and frequently displays pop-up messages informing me that it is opening web pages in compatibility mode.

A few days ago, I decided that this was simply too annoying to deal with any longer. I deleted IE9 and restored IE8 on my computer.

Are you in the same boat but don’t know how to go back to a previous version of Internet Explorer? If so, and you are working on a PC that is running Windows 7, you can follow the directions below:

  1. Click on the Start Orb in the bottom left corner of your screen to open the Start menu.
  2. Click on Control Panel.
  3. If necessary, in the Control Panel, change the view to Small icons (or Large icons).
  4. Click on Programs and Features.
  5. In the light blue panel on the left side of the window, click on View installed updates. The content in the panel on the right changes and you see all updates that have been recently installed on your computer.
  6. Scroll downward until you see the Microsoft Windows section.
  7. Right-click Windows Internet Explorer 9, and from the pop-up that appears, click Uninstall. A warning dialog box appears asking if you are sure you want to uninstall this update.
  8. Click on the Yes button. (You may need to type in an administrator’s username and pass phrase in order to continue.) After a few minutes, a dialog box will appear asking if you want to Restart now or Restart later.
  9. Click on the Restart Now button to reboot your computer. The previous version of Internet Explorer will be restored on your machine.
  10. To check to make sure that you now have IE8, open Internet Explorer. From the Menu bar, click on Help.
  11. From the drop-down menu, click on About Internet Explorer.

NOTE: If you do not see the Menu bar at the top of Internet Explorer, right-click anywhere on the light blue rectangle at the top of the screen and select Menu Bar.  A check mark will appear next to the browser option on the menu and the Menu Bar will now be visible.


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