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Windows 7: Getting Rid of Internet Explorer in Win 7

21 Jan 2020   #1
HenriK37

Win7 Home Premium x86/Win7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64
 
 
Getting Rid of Internet Explorer in Win 7

Now that Microsoft Edge is officially released, how does one get rid of Internet Explorer in a Win 7-Pro installation? Are there any reasons for keeping IE?

Thanks, in advance, for guidance.


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21 Jan 2020   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

What do you mean get rid of? Parts of it are necessary for the OS. You could possibly remove some of the stuff in program files, but it is only a few mb.
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22 Jan 2020   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Internet Explorer is not easily removed and doing do is strongly discouraged.

IE is not just a browser but is essentially a part of the OS. You may not be using IE but there are parts of Windows that use IE components. There are Microsoft and third party applications that use IE components or the browser itself. IE was designed for this. The way this is done can be far from obvious and is rarely documented.

Microsoft discourages using IE in Windows 10. But it is still there and I expect will be for a long time.
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22 Jan 2020   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Two things one does not do: tug on Superman's cape and "adjust" MS Internet Explorer. Leave it be, use Edge and enjoy! :) 1/23 note: later posters' ideas are aok! I was referring to any attempt to uninstall or "de-register" IE.
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22 Jan 2020   #5
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

If you delete any shortcuts to IE on your computer, you won't even know it's there.
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22 Jan 2020   #6
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HenriK37 View Post
Now that Microsoft Edge is officially released, how does one get rid of Internet Explorer in a Win 7-Pro installation? Are there any reasons for keeping IE?

Thanks, in advance, for guidance.
If you go to Programs and Features => Turn Windows Features On or Off , just uncheck the checkbox "Internet Explorer 11", it will remove itself the necessary files to get rid of it (partially).
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23 Jan 2020   #7
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

As I look at various browser add-ons, they cite IE and Firefox and Chrome and sometimes Opera but I never see Edge. Dunno if therefore Edge may not be supported by your favorite add-on, but only to say that I have found it useful to keep IE11 around if only for compatibility and testing.
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23 Jan 2020   #8
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Edge has collection of add-ons (extensions) that can be found in the Microsoft Store.
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