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Windows 7: IE8 on Windows 7?

25 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 
IE8 on Windows 7?

Is it possible to run Internet Explorer 8 under Windows 7?
Please let it be so. Among other things, my webmail does not support IE9.
If so, any tips? Thanks in advance.

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25 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

IE8 is the default for Windows 7 and is included as a Feature. Open Control Panel/Program and Features and on the left side click on "Turn Windows Features on of off" and if you have IE9 installed it will show up. To remove IE9 go to Control Panel/Program and Features and click on View Installed Updates. Look for Windows Internet Explorer 9 and uninstall it. After the uninstall IE8 will show up in the Features window instead of IE9.

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Jim


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25 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 
Didn't work, Gave me a LOT of trouble

Well, in a word, NO.
DO NOT DO THIS!
It worked up to "Turn Windows features on or off" then it went WAY south. I have a brand-new 64-bit Windows 7 laptop, and it DOES NOT HAVE IE8 ON IT. When I uninstalled IE9, I HAD NO BROWSER AT ALL. Fortunately I had a stand-alone Firefox from another computer (XP/SP3, thank you) and ran that, to get back on the net. I downloaded every version of IE8 from several sites, always the same, NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THIS OPERATING SYSTEM. So, I went crawling back to M$, downloaded IE9, and installed it, then I had to manually set up my icons, startup, menu, taskbar etc. Large PITA.

Thanks for the tip, but it turned out to be misinformation.
Hell with it. Firefox it is.



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IE8 is the default for Windows 7 and is included as a Feature. Open Control Panel/Program and Features and on the left side click on "Turn Windows Features on of off" and if you have IE9 installed it will show up. To remove IE9 go to Control Panel/Program and Features and click on View Installed Updates. Look for Windows Internet Explorer 9 and uninstall it. After the uninstall IE8 will show up in the Features window instead of IE9.
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25 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

When you went to the Features window what did it show? It should show IE9 if it is installed and when removed it should then show IE8 and for IE8 to work it needs a check mark. IE8 is part of Windows 7 and can not be removed. It can be disabled by unchecking it in Features and then the browser will not show up.

Jim
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25 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Sounds like after turning IE9 off you forgot to make sure IE8 was turned on in Programs & Features.
You can also remove IE9 from Windows update.
Phone Man provided you with good info so give it another try.
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25 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 

When you went to the Features window what did it show? It should show IE9 if it is installed and when removed it should then show IE8 and for IE8 to work it needs a check mark. IE8 is part of Windows 7 and can not be removed. It can be disabled by unchecking it in Features and then the browser will not show up.
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After unchecking IE9 in Programs & features, there was no IE8 offered.
After uninstalling IE9 I looked again. It was not there to check either time
I will look again, mostly for curiosity, as I do think Firefox is easier to live with.
Thanks for the help.
Gord.
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25 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 
Same result, no IE8

Tried again. Same result. Unchecked IE9, waited until prompt, re-booted
This is the screenshot AFTER IE9 turned off, and re-booted. Note there is no IE8 option, IE9 remains as the only browser choice. IE9 NOT uninstalled this time.. Too much hassle to try again, as the reinstall is not complete, tedious.
Windows Home Premium, SP1.
Thanks anyway.

BTW, how to check Windows 7 version in more detail?
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25 Dec 2011   #8

The 8.1 OS made by Billy Microsoft
 
 

Quote:
BTW, how to check Windows 7 version in more detail?
Type " winver " in start menu.


And if you want to uninstall ie9 go to: Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features-View installed updates
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25 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GordP View Post
This is the screenshot AFTER IE9 turned off, and re-booted. Note there is no IE8 option, IE9 remains as the only browser choice. IE9 NOT uninstalled this time...
unCHECKING IE (whether 8 or 9) hides it from view as a browser. If IE9 has been installed as a replacement for IE8, it must be unINSTALLED not unCHECHED to revert back to IE8. After IE9 is uninstalled the Windows IE feature becomes IE8, which must be checked if you want to see it as an available browser. Same for IE9, when IE9 is the version of IE that is part of Windows, then it must be checked to see it as a browser and unchecked to hide it as a browser. They will never both be available to be checked at the same time since one replaces the other during the install or uninstall of IE9.
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09 Jan 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 

I already uninstalled IE9, which left me with NO browser. IE8 did NOT come up, before or after boot. Had to install Firefox from USB. It was NOT installed as a replacement for IE8, came already installed on the new computer. So all evidence says there is no IE8 on this $%^& thing, and it willo not install from a download. Thanks for help, right and wrong.
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unCHECKING IE (whether 8 or 9) hides it from view as a browser. If IE9 has been installed as a replacement for IE8, it must be unINSTALLED not unCHECHED to revert back to IE8. After IE9 is uninstalled the Windows IE feature becomes IE8, which must be checked if you want to see it as an available browser. Same for IE9, when IE9 is the version of IE that is part of Windows, then it must be checked to see it as a browser and unchecked to hide it as a browser. They will never both be available to be checked at the same time since one replaces the other during the install or uninstall of IE9.
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