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Windows 7: Is it OK to Delete Internet Explorer?

20 Jan 2010   #1
SilverPop

Windows 7
 
 
Is it OK to Delete Internet Explorer?

Hello!
Since I use Firefox as my internet browser, can I delete Internet Explorer from my computer. Do I need IE for any internet functions??
Thanks for any advice.
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20 Jan 2010   #2
mxosder16

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

No, you don't need it. As long as you have a browser than you're ok. As you know you can always download it from Microsoft if you need it again. Some versions of Windows were even sold without it
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20 Jan 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SilverPop View Post
Hello!
Since I use Firefox as my internet browser, can I delete Internet Explorer from my computer. Do I need IE for any internet functions??
Thanks for any advice.
Silver Pop

As far as I know, it cannot be removed, you can only disable and yes it is safe to do. But no reason just make FF your default. Type default in search and the rest is easy.
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20 Jan 2010   #4
CoolioG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

You can deactivate it from the Add & Remove programs window under Windows Services. Then Reboot, and you'll never have to worry about it again.

Windows Features - Turn On or Off
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20 Jan 2010   #5
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

If you really want t0o make sure that IE is fine to get rid of...install IE-Tab in firefox...

IE is no longer needed
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20 Jan 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CoolioG View Post
You can deactivate it from the Add & Remove programs window under Windows Services. Then Reboot, and you'll never have to worry about it again.

Windows Features - Turn On or Off

Where do you see IE on that?

BTW: I would leave it - you can only deactivate it anyhow. You can never have enough browsers. I have 5 because some can do what others can't.
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20 Jan 2010   #7
mxosder16

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote:
Where do you see IE on that?
It's there

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20 Jan 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by redsoxm16 View Post
Quote:
Where do you see IE on that?
It's there

Attachment 48898

Yeah, for deactivation, but not for uninstallation. Right?
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20 Jan 2010   #9
MUff1N

Windows® 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CoolioG View Post
You can deactivate it from the Add & Remove programs window under Windows Services. Then Reboot, and you'll never have to worry about it again.

Windows Features - Turn On or Off

Where do you see IE on that?

BTW: I would leave it - you can only deactivate it anyhow. You can never have enough browsers. I have 5 because some can do what others can't.
You see it here in the screenshot.
Just uncheck the box & click OK, then you'll probably
have to restart your computer for it to take effect.


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20 Jan 2010   #10
richc46

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IE can only be deactivated, as mentioned previously. But deactivation is the same as uninstalled, you will not even know that it is there.
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