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Internet Explorer 11 - Uninstall in Windows 7

How to Uninstall IE11 in Windows 7 to Restore Previous Version of Internet Explorer
Published by Brink
28 Nov 2013
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How to Uninstall IE11 in Windows 7 to Restore Previous Version of Internet Explorer


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This tutorial will show you how to uninstall Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) to return to the previously installed version of Internet Explorer for all users in Windows 7.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to uninstall IE11.


EXAMPLE: About Internet Explorer 11
NOTE: In Internet Explorer, click on Help (Menu bar) and About Internet Explorer to see this.
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OPTION ONE
Uninstall IE11 in "Installed Updates" in Windows 7
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the Programs and Features icon.

2. In Programs and Features, click on the View installed updates link on the left side. (see screenshot below)
Internet Explorer 11 - Uninstall in Windows 7-uninstall_ie11_from_w7_installed_updates-.jpg
3. In Installed Updates, scroll down to find Internet Explorer 11, and do either action below. (see screenshots below)
  • Double click on Internet Explorer 11, and go to step 4 below.
  • Select Internet Explorer 11, click on Uninstall button on toolbar, and go to step 4 below.
  • Right click on Internet Explorer 11, click on Uninstall, and go to step 4 below.
Internet Explorer 11 - Uninstall in Windows 7-uninstall_ie11_from_w7_installed_updates-1.jpg

Internet Explorer 11 - Uninstall in Windows 7-uninstall_ie11_from_w7_installed_updates-2.jpg
4. Click on Yes. (see screenshot below)
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5. If prompted by UAC, click on Yes.

6. When IE11 has finished being uninstalled, click on Restart Now to apply. (see screenshots below)
Internet Explorer 11 - Uninstall in Windows 7-uninstall_ie11_from_w7_installed_updates-4.jpg
7. When the PC has restarted, you may wish to hide the Windows Update for Internet Explorer for Windows 7 for x86/x64-based Systems to prevent IE11 from being mistakenly reinstalled again. (see screenshot below)
Internet Explorer 11 - Uninstall in Windows 7-hide_ie11_windows_update.jpg



OPTION TWO
Uninstall IE11 in an Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 7
1. Open an elevated command prompt.

2. In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 4)
Code:
FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-*11.*.mum /c "cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart"
3. If you get the error message below, then click on OK to continue. You may get this error for each of the first 3 lines returned in the command prompt, but this is normal and fine. (see screenshot below)
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4. When you see the C:\Windows\system32> prompt, then it means IE11 has finished uninstalling. Restart the computer to apply. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This may take a few minutes to finish. Be sure to do step 3 as needed.
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5. When the PC has restarted, you may wish to hide the Windows Update for Internet Explorer for Windows 7 for x86/x64-based Systems to prevent IE11 from being mistakenly reinstalled again. (see screenshot below)
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That's it,
Shawn



01 Dec 2013   #1
ThrashZone

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Very nicely done as usual Brink,
You da man,
Cheers

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01 Dec 2013   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Mike.
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21 Dec 2013   #3
scottls59901

Windows 7 Pro (32)
 
 

Re:
EXAMPLE: About Internet Explorer 11
NOTE: In Internet Explorer, click on Help (Menu bar) and About Internet Explorer to see this.?


Am I supposed to untick Install new versions automatically?
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21 Dec 2013   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Scott,

The "About IE" is just to let you know what version of Internet Explorer you currently have. You would only uncheck that box if you don't want new versions of IE to be installed automatically, and would rather do it manually in Windows Updates.

If you wanted to uninstall IE11, then you would need to do one of the options in the tutorial instead.
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20 Feb 2014   #5
DoeZ

Windows7 Home Premium 32-bit SP-1
 
 
Totally messed up my pc now

I followed these directions to the letter...and now I don't even have an IE explorer that works anymore. I even went and did a system restore and it did bring everything back but my IE-11 is still not working right. Now when I looked closer at your pix in the About Internet Explorer my version was not the same as yours it was updated more. And also when I looked at your pix in the control panel for uninstall a program...when I found mine after I did my restore system I looked closer and mine was actually a update not the program itself. So after having to do another system restore I'm stuck with my IE-11 that is unsecure and my PC is messed up again. Not sure what to do now.
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20 Feb 2014   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello DoeZ,

Actually IE11 is more secure that previous versions of IE.

I'm not sure what went wrong and any possible extenuating circumstances, but you should be able to do a repair install to fix it if you like.
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20 Feb 2014   #7
DoeZ

Windows7 Home Premium 32-bit SP-1
 
 

Thanks I'll try that. But I seem to be having trouble with the Adobe Flash for both IE & Firefox since all of this...pretty weird if ya ask me...I'm no where near a pc geek or anything but my FlashPlayer and my ShockWave I have to use for Firefox just stopped working. But to clerify something and hopefully you'll be able to figure this out for me on how I go about dealing with this issue...I use Secunia PSI...and I LOVE this program but on this PC particularly...after I do a system scan and get my 100% as I usually do...I like to look at my secure browsing on this PC...and just this one I always have 2 that show up as unsecure and the site doesn't have a fix and I don't know what to do with it cuz hubby uses IE-11...I've attached a screenshot of it. In the meantime I'll try your fix and wait to hear about all the Adobe stuff. I need that in order to play games on FB.

Thanks
Doreen

P.S. I sure hope I did that attachment right


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20 Feb 2014   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I don't use Secunia, so I'm not 100%. It could be the source of your issues.
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23 Feb 2014   #9
DoeZ

Windows7 Home Premium 32-bit SP-1
 
 

Hi Brinks...

Sorry I didn't get back to you about the other desktop...I'm really nervous to do that repair fix...it looks so in depth and complicated I'm so afraid I'll totally screw that PC up.

On the other hand...I was going to do an update on my iPhone today as I have one waiting for me...and I really don't like doing it freely...I like to be able to back up everything on my iPhone and then let it run it's IOS update. If anything went wrong I'd still have everything from my backup and that just makes me feel better. But before I do all that I like to make sure that 1) my laptop is clean and 2) all programs are up-to-date and not missing anything etc. And how ironic was it that this time when I ran my Secunia on my laptop that my IE-11 on this one is unsecure for browsing just like on my desktop. But the only difference is...when I went back to look at your directions again...and I found my Microsoft IE-11...this one here on my laptop actually says "Program" unlike on the desktop where it said "update". So I'm going to follow these directions and hope that I fix this and don't screw anything up. Wish me luck

P.S. I forgot to ask you a question...While looking at the secure browsing scan in my Secunia...I clicked on Security Advisory SA56796 (I believe this is the bugger that's causing all this and there's no patch for it) looking thru there I saw Microsoft IE-11 and I clicked on it...and it brought me to a new Windows page for downloading a Fast and Furious for Windows 7 Internet Explorer 11...After I uninstall this IE-11 would it be safe for me to download this IE-11? Scrolled to bottom and said Microsoft 2014...

P.S.S Ok no problem with the uninstallation of it...when my laptop finished it's course of restarting I opened the IE that was there and went to see what version I had...OMG I've got IE-8...so I'm waiting for you to let me know if it's ok for me to download that IE-11 I have from 2014...
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