How To Revert Back to Internet Explorer 9 from Internet Explorer 10 Preview for Windows 7

Microsoft released the Internet Explorer 10 Preview for Windows 7. The final version was released last week, if you want to revert back to IE 9 here’s how.

A few months ago Microsoft released the Internet Explorer 10 Preview for Windows 7. But whenever you upgrade IE, especially in the workplace, oftentimes proprietary software programs stop working. Or maybe you simply aren’t a fan of it at home and want to go back to IE 9. Before installing the final version, here’s how to get back to IE 9.

The final release of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 was made available via Windows Update last week.

IE 10 Final Update

Get Back to Internet Explorer 9 in Windows 7

Click the Start button and type: appwiz.cpl in the Search box and hit Enter.


Next click the View Installed Updates link when Programs and Features opens.

View Installed Updates

Now scroll down to Windows Internet Explorer 10, right-click it, and click Uninstall

uninstall IE 10

Click Yes to the dialog comes up asking if you’re sure. Then a restart is required to complete the uninstall process.


When you come back from the restart, launch Internet Explorer and you’ll see that it’s been set back to IE 9.

IE 9 Start



  1. Sam

    March 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    If you wanted to keep IE10 but you are having trouble due to compatibility, you could always press F12 when you get a site you are having issues with. Some sort of panel appears on the bottom of the screen and among the tabs at the top of this panel is a tab called Browser Mode:IE10 if you click on this there will be a drop down menu for you to choose which version of IE you would like to use temporarily. When you are done with your session and want to go back to using IE10 either repeat the steps or exit the program and reopen it again. BUT the absolute best way to avoid issues is to use a different browser.

  2. Brian Burgess

    March 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Good point Sam. There is the compatibility mode. I just know from IT experience, some proprietary business applications hate IE upgrades. When i did IT at a power cooperative, the programs the customer service department used… had to stick with IE 6 and I think they are still on it…lol.

    • Kamal Ashraf

      March 7, 2013 at 3:02 am

      Hahaha, yes, some people are still using IE6, people are crazy, some of My Friends are still using windows XP, and when i ask them to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8, they said that they Don’t Like UI of Win 7 and 8 , :)
      i my self using windows 8 pro. i don’t care about IE 10, or firefox, opera, maxthon, i just like Chrome for it’s fast speed. :)

  3. Lar 5

    March 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I find that the final release IE 10 using windows 7 is still unstable and quirky. Going back to IE9 until there is an update.

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