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Windows 7: How to get rid of Internet Explorer... for good!

24 Jul 2010   #1
Pwnfish

Windows 7
 
 
How to get rid of Internet Explorer... for good!

I'm just going to show you how to navigate yourself to the trick because there is no explanation needed.
1.Click the Start button.
2.Go to Control Panel.
3.Click on Programs.
4.Click on Program's and Features.
5.On the left side of the screen click on the "Turn windows features on or off".
6.In that box untick the Internet Explorer 8 box.

Internet Explorer should be gone in a few restart's.


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24 Jul 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That does not get rid of the IE, it just disables it.
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24 Jul 2010   #3
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

IE8 will actually be gone in one restart if your computer is functioning properly. It can then by brought back at anytime by reticking the box and restarting, but a good tip to those that don't know nonetheless.

Thing is we've had a tutorial on how to do this and turn off other features for some time. Windows Features - Turn On or Off
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24 Jul 2010   #4
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

The last time I tried removing IE8 from Windows 7 I had issues playing games in Skype. I don't ever use IE8 anyway so I just leave it there.
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24 Jul 2010   #5
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That does not get rid of the IE, it just disables it.
I does remove IE just not the core shared DLLs that other applications rely on. But IE the interface and application itself is removed.
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24 Jul 2010   #6
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That does not get rid of the IE, it just disables it.
I does remove IE just not the core shared DLLs that other applications rely on. But IE the interface and application itself is removed.
Based on the thread title, it sounded like the OP was claiiming that IE8 would be permanently removed. As in, you couldn't turn it back on later with out an install of IE or the Win7 disc.
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14 Jun 2011   #7
thedoglover1233

windows xp 32bit
 
 

how do with windows xp 32bit it has different control panel
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14 Jun 2011   #8
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thedoglover1233 View Post
how do with windows xp 32bit it has different control panel
You don't. Windows XP is not Windows 7.
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14 Jun 2011   #9
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Maybe a stupid question, but on my machine, I never use IE9 and go weeks without even opening it. Yet, when I use CCleaner every few days, there are some temp IE files that are deleted, so I'm "guessing" that my machine uses IE for some form of communication. If I disable IE, then how does W7 communicate when it needs to?
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14 Jun 2011   #10
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
Maybe a stupid question, but on my machine, I never use IE9 and go weeks without even opening it. Yet, when I use CCleaner every few days, there are some temp IE files that are deleted, so I'm "guessing" that my machine uses IE for some form of communication. If I disable IE, then how does W7 communicate when it needs to?
Various applications makes use of the IE core services, accessing the web and what not. The Zune software is one example, few games and services like Steam. When you disable IE thought Windows, those core services are not removed, just IE the executable which is the interface.
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