Methods to Un-install / Remove IE9 or Other Version

The purpose of this article is to provide a number of methods to remove / un-install the Microsoft Internet Browser’s, in particular the IE9.   However, method 3 can be used to remove other versions as well (see note in that section).

Below, are six methods to try for removing the IE9 browser.  Subsequently, when IE9 is removed, the IE8 will automatically be reinstated after the system reboot.

Further, there is also some sections below including:  1) Blocking the IE9 from automatically updating your system and 2) Alternative tricks to try if you wan’t to give the IE9 one last chance to perform before reverting back to IE8.

First Method:

  • Follow the instructions provided by Microsoft in normal mode windows. If the procedure fails, retry it via “safe mode w/networking”.

Second Method:

  • Open Programs Control Panel and enable the “viewing of installed updates”.
  • Then sort the name column by clicking on the “Name” column label.
  • Then look for the “Windows Internet Explorer 9” entry near the bottom of the list.

Third Method:

  • Log in as Administrator
  • Close all IE browser windows
  • Open a “Command” windows by Clickin Start > Run > Cmd
  • Open “Notepad”
  • Copy and paste the text below into Notepad. This will
    convert the html below into plain text:

FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-*9.*.mum /c “cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart”

  • Next copy the text from Notepad and paste into the Command window at the disk prompt and then press the enter key.
  • After the commands run and the disk prompt returns, paste the text again and rerun the commands.
  • Next reboot to finalize / update the configuration with IE8.
  • NOTE for adapting the method above for other version of the ie:   In the step above where the powershell command is transferred / copied to the notepad in order to prepare it for executing at the disk prompt, simply try modifying the programming code by replacing the number between the astericks, eg,  *9* with *8* or *7* or other.  If your system folder has the internet file on your system that this method was written for, then you may be successful with removing your desired version of the IE.   However, don’t be alarmed if the code above proves to be futile and doesn’t work.  The powershell command above was written to specifically target a specific system file pertaining to the internet explorer.  So if your system doesn’t have that special internet explorer file then the command / code simply won’t work – no matter how many times you try it.  In fact, the problem with removing the internet explorer is mostly due to missing files in your system.  So it will not hurt your system at all, by trying this method.  If you do have the internet explorer file, then the method will work.  If you don’t have the internet explorer file, then the method will simply cancel itself out after you try running it.

Fourth Method:

  • Log in as Administrator either in normal mode or safe mode
  • Execute a system restore point dated prior to the ie9 installation
  • Launch the ie and check if the older version is restored. If not, then proceed to next method –

Fifth Method:

  • If Step 5 above has been executed, then
  • Re-execute Steps 2 and or Step 3 at this time

Sixth Method:

Free / No Contract Telephone Support:

You may also be eligible for telephone support if your issue causes your
computer to crash or if Internet Explorer 9 does not let you browse all sites.
To learn more about your support options, please contact Microsoft at the
following telephone number: (800) 642-7676

Stop the IE9 update:

If you successfully removed IE9, then your windows will likely notify you about the IE9 update via the windows update control panel.  So the following methods are provided to prevent re-installation of IE9:

Method 1: Disable / hide the ie9 update in order to circumvent reinstalling it again.  Open Updates Control Panel, View details for updates, right click on the update for IE9 then select  “hide”

Method 2: Install the Microsoft IE9 Blocking Tool available at here:

Some Alternative Tips to try before removing IE9:

Tip 1 : If removing IE9 is futile, you might try changing IE9 mode to IE8 mode by pressing the F12 key. A menu will pop up and there will be a “Browser Mode” option. After making the selection, press F12 to close and retry webpages that require the older browser mode.

Tip 2 : If removing IE9 is futile, you might try switching over to the “FireFox Browser”. It is widely acceptable for use by financial and collegiate institutions because its security feature’s equal or excel that of Microsoft’s IE’s.

Besides, it is a good idea to have a back up browser on your system as well.  Further, unlike the Microsoft IE’s, the FireFox does not utilize the windows system registry.   In any case, please review the FireFox website for all the methods to customize the browser via add-ins and extensions.

If additional methods are discovered, they will be posted accordingly herein.


A personal note about this article. 

On March 29, 2011 I re-published the above methodologies on Microsoft Answers Forums where it could be easily searched for and utilized by others at here:

However, on August 16, 2011 and approximately 12,000 views / hits someone at Microsoft decided it was in they were free to acquisition my work and create an official knowledge base article (KB 2579295) at here:

To date I have not received from Microsoft a professional courtesy of response as to why they did not discuss there intent or to provide me with some gratitude for my hard work or an apology for snub-ing me.

In any case, I hope the above methodologies to remove the faulty Internet Explorer helps fix your internet subsystem.

Incidentally, unlike Microsofts’ Knowledge Base Articles and because I am not inhibited by corporate politics, this how-to article should be more up to date than Microsofts article because I can easily include additional solutions whenever they become available or offered by others.

In the end however, we both want to give the computer user with the tools to make computing an enjoyable experience – again.


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