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Windows 7: Cannot remove IE8

07 Nov 2010   #21

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Is this thread suggesting that Windows can live without IE even if you don't use it as your browser. I thought Windows used it for update purposes.
I believe that unchecking the IE8 box in Programs and Features only prevents it from being used as a browser. It shoud not prevent "Windows Update" from working.

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09 Nov 2010   #22


Removing IE8 only removes an interface to the underlying networking services, and IMO, closes one of the biggest security holes in windows. Even if you have no browsers on your computer at all, windows 7 is still able to connect to microsoft on every login to check for, download and install updates and, of course, to make sure your windows license is still valid.
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09 Nov 2010   #23

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roncerr View Post
If you restored back as far as you could and have "multiple errors" you may have to do a full repair or reinstall since you may have a virus. Since your system sounds fairly new it may not be a hard drive problem but if the hard drive is getting flakey you could try a $90 program called "Spinrite" from .
I think it's very possible that I have multiple errors on my system, yet I just did a reinstall less than a month I really don't want to do another. I got this laptop a year ago, so it's definitely not a hard drive problem, but I'll run the program anyway. I just finished another sfc / was able to detect a problem and successfully repair it...I'll try running the scan until it comes up with no errors, and then I'll try removing IE8 again. Thanks everyone for the help, I really appreciate it!
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09 Nov 2010   #24

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

You cannot remove, only disable
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09 Nov 2010   #25

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox

Yeah I know I can't remove it...I meant disable, sorry for the misunderstanding. Anyway...just finished the scan, and unfortunately it didn't come up with any errors. So apparently this isn't being caused by a corrupt system file...
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