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Windows 7: IE 8 back

15 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
IE 8 back

Am I able to revert back to IE 8 and make it so it doesn't change versions automatically. I just found out I was using 11, when I started getting messages to that effect.

Thx for any and all help :)

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15 Dec 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Is something not working for you while using IE11?

Yes - you can revert back to IE8 - but please don't. IE8 is not as safe as more recent versions.

If something is not working for you, then revert back one version and see how that works.

If you must revert, then revert to IE9, but not IE8.

Here is how to revert:
Internet Explorer 11 - Uninstall in Windows 7

The steps are pretty much the same to revert back to the next version down.

Here is how to hide the update so that IE does not change:
Windows Update - Hide or Restore Hidden Updates
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15 Dec 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP


Some do not like IE11 due to it interfering with gadgets, so I am hiding it when it's offered by WIndows Update, if necessary Uninstalling it in Windows Update>View Update History>Installed Updates.

It will revert to IE10 which is stable and fine. One should not go back further than that, and there is no good reason to do so.
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15 Dec 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Just use 10, it`s too soon to use 11, always wait awhile to use a new browser, a long while.

IE 8 was my favorite browser, I`ve never liked 9 or 10, so I just use Opera and Chrome, along with 10 when I have to.
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16 Dec 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I think IE9 is the best version. IE10 is ok but I like using FTP in windows explorer and IE10 breaks the ability to launch files/documents from my ftp drive. You have to drag a file locally and then launch it. Plus I use Sky Go and the TV guides don't work properly beyond IE9 even in a compatibility modes. IE11 is just plain awful though - leave that well alone for now. You'd hope IE12 would be better - but there is no guarantee Microsoft would make it available for Windows 7. I am surprised IE11 was actually made available for the OS as I think normally they stop offering it to an OS after about 3 release cycles.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Dec 2013   #6

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Windows update might not offer another version,
You can however go to either of these download links and download it,
Uninstall ie11 properly and hide the ie11 update before attempting to download ie10 preferably or ie9,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Dec 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP


Be sure to also try Firefox which is preferred by many of us here, does not spy like installed Google programs do full time, even protects you from spying by confining Google to a stable search box where it can't spy.

I don't install any Google programs or stay signed into any of their sites including YouTube. If you do Google is building such an intrusive profile of you that you will literally be stalked everywhere you go.
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16 Dec 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

TY all, I think I'll stick with 10 for now.

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16 Dec 2013   #9

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

I am not reverting back to IE9 considering that google is no longer supporting, but I use yahoo mail anyhow, IE11 has too many bugs that need fixed, I will stick with IE10, I do have Chrome, but I only use it to watch my CBS shows, since an add-on works on Chrome, not mentioning it because I would be violating forum rules, it won't work on IE or Firefox at all
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16 Dec 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Yeah it's a shame google no longer supports ie9. It's even more of a shame ie10 and to a far greater extent ie11 are si diabolical. We get stick between a rock and a hard place because MS are in their current metro happy phase. Dumbing down and not QA testing software properly. IE9 is their most reliable and compatible browser but seen as out dated now. IE11 maybe fast etc but lacks reliability. They pushed it for bragging rights in benchmarks over Firefox/chrome that mean nothing to joe average. I want compatibility and reliability over something that renders 0.00000001 milliseconds over a rival browser!
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