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!

  • Jon Pawson

    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!

    • Mike Clark

      Same Problem. Window Internet Explorer 9 is not listed under Updates. What now MS?

    • robert plant

      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

  • Vijay

    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!

  • Samirah

    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.

  • Charles

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

    Thaanks. :D

  • anynomus

    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

    • dan

      Why is Chrome your backup and IE your primary browser? Chrome and even Firefox are FAR superior to IE!!

  • pete

    half baked and full of bugs

  • kpass

    Thanks so much! you saved my life!!

  • sameera lover

    thx i love sameeera

  • Tracy Drube

    wrong internet explorer

  • Jime

    I have try IE9 and I love it.

  • Michael Kwan

    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.

  • Janek Paterek

    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!!!

  • Amy

    HORRIBLE PROGRAM!!! I wish I’d never downloaded it and am advising everyone not to.

  • Jim

    Thanks so much. I should have known better than to impulsively accept this stupid update to IE9!

  • audrey

    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 :)

  • akiya

    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…:(

    • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

      How did you restored back to the previous version? Did you used System Restore?

  • akiya

    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

    • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

      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

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

        • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

          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.
        • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

          Do reply back if it worked for you. :)

          • akiya

            i already reinstalled IE8 as u said, so it’s IE8 now, but it’s still corrupted (it close immediately after i open it). n i also tried SFC to repair the corrupted system files, but the SFC also close immediately after i open it.
            how to do the repair install? does it mean i have to reformat my computer and reinstall windows?

          • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

            Try to run sfc /scannow in elevated Command Prompt (Search for cmd in Start Menu. On the cmd shortcut, right-click and select Run as Administrator).

            You have to run the command a number of times. Also see this page for some tips.

            Reply back if it works or not.

          • akiya

            i searched cmd n ran it as admnstr, but nothing happen, only two lines written there,
            in second line, it’s wriiten; …..user_my name
            that’s all

          • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

            Yes, there, in the command prompt, you had to run the sfc /scannow command.

          • akiya

            i had run sfc /scannow, but it stop when it reach 58%, n it’s written there: windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation.

            so what’s the next step? tq..

          • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

            Ok, it seems it is not able to repair all the files. Download and run this Fix-It tool by Microsoft to fix IE8.

            Reference: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318378

            Hopefully this should solve your problem.

            If it doesn’t solve the problem, than try Fix IE Utility.

            I forgot to ask you which security suite are you running in your system?

          • akiya

            i’ve downloaded n run fit-it tool, but it did not work. then i tried fix ie utility but it did not run.
            i use kaspersky internet security 11

          • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

            Your IE8 crashing issue may be due to a corrupted add-in or any other issue too.

            Try to uninstall Adobe Flash first. Visit this page at Adobe.com: How to uninstall the Adobe Flash Player plug-in and ActiveX control. Now, go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Internet Options. In Internet Options, at the bottom of the Advanced tab, click the Reset button. You’ll see one confirmation dialog box that lists the settings to be disabled. Now see if IE works.

            If the above method doesn’t work, try reviewing the following articles (source):

            Tips for solving problems with Internet Explorer

            If that doesn’t resolve the problem, then try the following two procedures in the order presented:
            Troubleshooting and Internet Explorer’s (No Add-ons) Mode [Applies to IE7 & IE8 in all OSS]

            Does the behavior persist if you Reset IE Advanced settings (RIES)?

            How to optimize Internet Explorer

            P.S. Did you run Fix IE as an Administrator? Right-click on FixIE utility and select Run as Administrator and try again.

            At last if everything fails, run a full system scan using KIS to see if any malware issue is causing this behavior.

          • akiya

            when i press f8 when starting my computer, there is “repair” option. if i click it, does it mean i reformat my computer n have reinstall windows?

          • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

            No, it will not reformat your Windows. Basically, when you click on the Repair option, Windows will load the System Recovery Options menu. This menu contains several tools, such as Startup Repair, that can help you recover Windows from a serious error. This set of tools is on your computer’s hard disk and on the Windows installation disc.

            We have covered earlier this tools at: http://www.mytechguide.org/8515/use-system-repair-disc-restore-windows-7-vista/

            Microsoft is also having a very extensive help and support page regarding this tool at: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/What-are-the-system-recovery-options-in-Windows-7

            It’s weird that none of the IE repair options worked for you, even the ones which are recommended by Microsoft itself??

    • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

      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.


  • Rottiluv

    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.

  • Dean

    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???

    • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

      Can you tell us the error code that you are getting?

  • Julie

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

  • Mike

    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?


  • joseph

    i have done this but my problem not fixed, so will say this post was not good for me

  • bob

    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?

    • Joel

      If you want 8 or older then I think you can download it from a site.

    • Ashley Barnes

      Lucky you. No one else seems to be able to uninstall IE. Tell us how you did it.

  • bootyman

    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”

  • joseph

    Thanks for this post, i will try that.

  • Proper

    Thank you for this. Helped me alot :)

  • fritzedharddrive

    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?

  • Captozone

    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.

  • john

    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?