Can You Remove Internet Explorer 8 from Windows 7?

IE8 gave me a whole lot of troubles when I was installing Windows 7; specifically, it was taking me forever to download Windows updates via IE8. Updating to IE9 solved the problem immediately.

The topic came up recently on our How To Uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 9 guide: Is it possible to remove or uninstall Internet Explorer 8 from Windows 7? The short answer is no, it is not. At least not if you mean to completely remove the web browser from the operating system. Internet Explorer 8 ships with Windows 7 and is an integral part of the operating system. Well, that in itself is not entirely true as well as Windows 7 E editions that are sold in the European Union ship without Internet Explorer 8 enabled. The browser is still there though.

The best you can do is to remove Internet Explorer 8 from plain sight. I can show you how you can do that, but keep in mind that Internet Explorer 8 is not completely uninstalled from the operating system.

If you’d ask me, I’d recommend to upgrade to Internet Explorer 9, configure it for maximum security and forget all about it if you work with a different main browser. That way you got the latest Microsoft browser which is good for your system’s security. And since you are not using it it should not cause any problems or issues. That is, unless you use third party software that is using the Internet Explorer rendering engine.

Windows XP and Windows Vista users on the other hand can uninstall Internet Explorer 8. I have published a guide about that a few years ago.

Back to Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8. To remove the web browser from your system you need to do the following:

  • Open the Windows Control Panel. You can do that with a click on the start orb in the lower left corner, and the selection of Control Panel in the start menu window.
  • Locate Uninstall a Program in the Control Panel listing and click on the entry.
  • This populates a list of third party programs that are installed on your computer. Locate Turn Windows features on or off on the right sidebar.
  • This spawns a new window with a listing of all available Windows features. Features with a checkmark are installed, those without are not.
  • Locate Internet Explorer 8 in the program listing and remove the checkmark next to the Internet browser’s listing.
  • This displays a notification: Turning off Internet Explorer 8 might affect other Windows features and programs installed on your computer, including default settings. Do you want to continue?. Select Yes if you are sure and then ok. You need to restart the computer to complete the removal of Internet Explorer from the system.

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Please note that you can at anytime turn on Internet Explorer 8 again on the system by following the exact same steps. You may need your Windows 7 installation DVD though to add Internet Explorer 8 to the system again.

You should monitor third party programs closely after removing Internet Explorer 8 from the system.


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