Uninstall Internet Explorer 9 [How To, Windows]

Internet Explorer 9 is already available for download and you may have installed it already just to see whats new. Now, if you are looking for how to uninstall Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) off Windows 7/Vista or if you don’t want to keep IE9 and want back previous version of IE installed, IE8 or IE7. Then we have just found an easy way to do so.

Since IE9 is installed as a Windows Update and is not like other programs on your computer, you won’t find IE9 listed on the “Uninstall” or “Change a program” screen.

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For uninstalling IE9 properly and cleanly from Windows 7 or Vista, just follow the simple steps below:

  1. Click on the Start Button and in the search box type view updates
  2. Once the results appear, click on view installed updates

    If you want to do it quickly without doing the search, Press Win+R to open the Run dialog box to paste the following Enter:
    C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{d450a8a1-9568-45c7-9c0e-b4f9fb4537bd}

  3. Wait for a few moments for the “Uninstall an update” screen to load completely
  4. Now, scroll through the list until you find the entry: Windows Internet Explorer 9
  5. Click on that entry once to highlight it, then click on the uninstall button to continue uninstalling (You can also right-click on the entry and select uninstall.)
  6. Confirm that you want to uninstall by clicking on Yes.

Here are the instructions straight from Microsoft:

  1. Click the Start button, type Programs and Features in the search box, and then click View installed updates in the left pane.

  2. Under Uninstall an update, scroll down to the Microsoft Windows section.

  3. Right-click Windows Internet Explorer 9, click Uninstall, and then, when prompted, click Yes.

  4. Click one of the following:

    • Restart now (to finish the process of uninstalling Internet Explorer 9, and restore the previous version of Internet Explorer).

    • Restart later (to wait until you shut down or restart your computer).

Note: After you uninstall Internet Explorer 9, the previously installed version ofInternet Explorer will be available on your computer. It is not necessary to reinstall.

What are your views regarding the new version of Internet Explorer 9? Which alternate browser are you going to use now? Share it with us in the comments!


  1. Jon Pawson says

    It’s the crappiest browser yet for bugs. I can’t even uninstall it as it doesn’t show in the Control Panel updates list, it shows in the update history of Windows Update but not in Control Panel! It’s the biggest mess ever and it’s doing my head it. Screw Microsoft!

    • robert plant says

      this windows explorer 9 has totally messed up my computer given viruses the biggest bugs please just help me uninstall this rubbish program please help tryed everthing no joy

  2. Vijay says

    Thanks, I installed IE9 and then wanted to uninstall it but I couldn’t find the entries in Programs and Features.
    You saved my day!

  3. Samirah says

    Liked it sort of at first, then just started repeatedly crashing today…… Thanks for this guide as I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of it.

  4. Charles says

    Thanks for this.
    it always crush and cant use internet explorer anymore and i need to Download another browser.

    Thaanks. :D

  5. anynomus says

    IE9 crashed and I wanted to reinstall it but couldent uninstall. If it weren’t for google chrome, my backup internet, i never would have gotten this. tannks so much. TIP: everyone should have an emergency backup web browser

  6. Michael Kwan says

    I have tried all f****** hard to un-f******-install this browser and you know what. “An error has occurred. Not all of the updates were successfully installed. F*** you Microsoft.

  7. Janek Paterek says

    The internet 9 was not on the list, how can you help me if it’s not on the list, that’s the only thing that’s stopping me from being happy!!! I intalled internet 9 by file, not as a update, what do I do!!! SOS!!!

  8. audrey says

    OK, 9 completely sux!!! Tryed uninstalling per instructions and recieved a message stating not all the files could be uninstalled!!!!!!! Now wtf???? I want the old 8 back or maybe I’ll just go with FIREFOX????!!!!! If ANYONE has a solution to my problem I would so greatly appreciate your assistance :)

  9. akiya says

    i installed ie9 but didnt like it, so i restored it to previous version but it became corrupted, n effected other thinks, many things (like antivirus etc) dont work properly now. what should i do? couldnt find it in the list of installed update…:(

  10. akiya says

    yes i used system restore n it didn’t work, then i right-click internet explorer in start menu than i clicked restore to previous versions. what should i do now? thank u very much

    • says

      Prior to IE9 update, which version of IE you were running? Also, did you used the uninstallation procedure described in this article before attempting a system restore?

      • akiya says

        i used IE8, no i did not use the uninstallation procedure as described in this article, i immediately attempted system restore

        • says

          Ok, try the steps as described here:

          To uninstall IE9, you can turn off and turn on the Windows Feature. This will reinstall IE8 for you.

          1. Go to Start and in the search type Turn Windows features On or Off.
          2. Click on “Turn Windows features On or Off”.
          3. Browse to the Internet Explorer 8 and uncheck the mark in front of it.
          4. Restart the computer
          5. Go the check the mark in front of Internet Explorer to reinstall it.
    • says

      Try this:

      To uninstall IE9, you can turn off and turn on the Windows Feature.
      Reinstalling the Internet Explorer 8:

      1. Go to Start and in the search type Turn Windows features On or Off.
      2. Click on “Turn Windows features On or Off”.
      3. Browse to the Internet Explorer 8 and uncheck the mark in front of it.
      4. Restart the computer
      5. Go the check the mark in front of Internet Explorer to reinstall it.


  11. Rottiluv says

    Thank you, the IE site was absolutely useless. They told me to uninstall from the Programs list, which as you pointed out it’s not on. I even tried to reinstall IE9 and it told me what I downloaded was corrupted.

    I don’t use IE as my default browser because it is such a PoS, unfortunately I have to go to one site that only seems to work in IE and I have a piece of software that uses IE to connect to the net. In fact it was that software that is why I needed the fix, otherwise it could of rotted on my desktop for the rest of my computers life.

  12. Dean says

    I followed this instruction, worked perfectly to take ie9 off my laptop. Unfortunately, now no other updates will install. To date I have 14 important updates that will not install (keeps coming up with error messages). Go to microsoft to see what the solution the specific error messages are, but no help there (of course!). Interesting that the most important update according to the list is NOT the security patches, but bloody well IE9. Are microsoft getting deperate???

  13. Julie says

    It won’t uninstall for me. It says “an error has occured, not all of the updates were successfully uninstalled.”

  14. Mike says

    When IE9 is running, I type a search into the search bar, Nothing appears after its done searching…no errors, the address bar still shows: http:\\search.yahoo.com/….but nothing is on the screen its blank below the address/search bars…what can I do to be able to see my searches?


  15. bob says

    when i uninstall exolorer 9. I do not get the previous version back. Infact, I end up with no explorer on my system. This in turn requires that I restore my system in order to use it at all and this in turn, reinstalls explorer 9. I’m at my wits end and don’t know what to do. Caan someone tell me how to fix this problem?

  16. bootyman says

    Run this command to remove, YW

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

  17. fritzedharddrive says

    I’m missing install files on my computer to uninstall ie9 windows7 sp1. I tried installing ie9 from the website but it said that I have a more recent version. There is no option in the control panel to uninstall. Any way around this?

  18. Captozone says

    I open up the uninstall programs then click on View installed Updates and nothing appears. I’ve tried several uninstall suggestions for IE9 and nothing works. I tried reinstalling it states my version is newer.
    I tried upgrading to IE10 and it states I need updates I click on Get Updates and I’m looking at stuff I have no idea on what their talking about.
    Is there an easy way to either upgrade or uninstall? A one click button would be ideal.

  19. john says

    Microsoft purposely does not want you to uninstall IE, that is why they did this, don’t you understand Microsoft is in control of your computer and your life?

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