How-To Uninstall Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Uninstall IE9 - Go back to IE8

Earlier we talked about some of the highlights in the new Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) beta, and many gave it a try.  But, IE9 is still in beta so if you need a stable web browser then IE9 is still not an option.  Normally uninstalling a program on your computer is simple, however in the case of IE9 you can’t uninstall it.  What this guide will cover is reverting back to Internet Explorer 8.

How To Switch Back To IE8 After Installing IE9

Step 1

Click the Start Menu Orb and Type turn windows in the search box and

add or remove programs in windows 7

Step 2

On the left side of the Control Panel window that appears Click View installed updates.

view installed windows 7 updates

Step 3

On the right list, Scroll Down to Microsoft Windows and then Click on Windows Internet Explorer 9. Click Uninstall, then Choose Yes to confirm.

uninstall internet explorer 9 update

confirm uninstall of ie9

Step 4

Restart your computer.  A prompt should appear that will tell you this needs to be done.

restart computer to save changes


Now once your computer boots back up from the restart you can launch Internet Explorer and it should be version 8!  No more beta, so this will make things a lot more stable until Microsoft pushes out an official release of IE9.

welcome to internet explorer 8



  1. AlanPR

    September 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Simple enough but I’ll stick with IE 8. It works and my win 7 box is fast and I want to keep it that way.

    Plus….. For everything non worm related I use Chrome. :)

    • grooveDexter

      September 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm

      I’ve recently (about a month ago) made Chrome my default browser. I’m really liking it too.

  2. stefan

    October 7, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Good guide, but how do you uninstall it on windows vista.

  3. Suz

    November 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Not showing up as a program when I go to the uninstall area in the control panel. I’ll tried everything to get this garbage uninstalled.


    • grooveDexter

      November 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm

      be sure to Click the “View installed Updates” link as shown in Step 2.

      It’s a bit confusing otherwise since it doesn’t show up in the programs list, but only appears in the Updates list.

  4. wowowoowow

    February 28, 2011 at 9:29 am

    THanks for the advice – how would i ever have found that?!?!?!

    Windows is becoming more and more clumsy – this is the most hacky crap i have ever seen.

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