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How To Uninstall IE8?

Sometimes, uninstall a Windows program could not be an easy job as you wish, especially Windows program made by Microsoft itself :-)

If you’re going to install the latest Internet Explorer 8 and might make a return later, you should take note that uninstalling IE8 could be painful in some cases.

According to Microsoft Knowledge Base article KB957700, you cannot uninstall IE8 in Windows XP if you installed Internet Explorer 8 before installing the Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP :-(

To fix this issue, you have no choice to uninstall Service Pack 3 first then only to uninstall IE8 from Windows XP. Again, this could be a tough job to uninstall Service Pack 3 from Windows XP too (see KB950249), if removing IE8 from Windows requires such a tedious work :-(

Now, let’s say you installed IE8 after Windows XP SP3, you MIGHT able to remove Windows Internet Explorer 8 with the Add or Remove Programs (Control Panel applet).

If this normal way does not work, Microsoft suggests running the following command in Windows Command Prompt window:
%windir%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe

How to uninstall IE8 from Windows Vista or Windows 2008?

Open Windows Update program window, click View update history follow by Installed Updates. Locate Windows Internet Explorer 8 from the list and click (or double click) it to uninstall IE8 from Windows Vista or Windows 2008 (i.e. click Yes button when the Uninstall an update dialog box pops up).

Similar to Windows XP, Windows Vista might not able to uninstall IE8 with its Control Panel applet called “Program and Features”.

If that happen, copy and paste the following commands to an elevated Command Prompt window and press ENTER to remove IE8 from Windows Vista / Windows 2008:
FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-8*.mum /c "cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart"

(Remember to open an elevated Command Prompt window to execute these commands).

So, think twice before you want to install or removing IE8 from Windows – it could be a nightmare if it cannot be removed by one or two mouse clicks.

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  1. Goutam 28-05-09@13:18

    This article is very useful and benefitted me.

    I installed IE8 AFTER installing SP3 for Win XP.
    I tried to revert to IE7, but uninstalling IE8 was a real pain.

    The following command made it easy :
    %windir%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe

    – ggoutam7

  2. Brad 20-06-09@02:16

    Sadly no luck here. Uninstalled IE8 because it cause other programs to stop working. They still wont work, the IE8 folder does not exist in the windir either. Arg :(

  3. JASON VELEZ 23-09-09@06:45

    thanks for whoever put that command to remove IE 8 from sp3 it worked to perfection much love

  4. Basam 25-10-09@04:52

    1. Click the Start Button and select Control Panel.

    2. Select Programs (Programs and Features if you’re using the Classic View).

    3. Select View installed updates (it will be under the Tasks column if you’re using the Classic View).

    4. Find and select Windows Internet Explorer 8 from the list of available updates.

    5. Click the Uninstall button at the top of the list.

    6. Restart your system

  5. Basam 25-10-09@04:56

    Windows XP:

    for Windows XP only if you have Vista Check the the other comment was posted under Basam’s name… Good luck
    1. Click the Start Button and select Control Panel.

    2. Select Add or Remove Programs.

    3. Find and select Windows Internet Explorer 8 from the list of available applications.

    4. Click the Remove button.

    5. Restart your system

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