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After installing IE8 and you don’t like for some reason you can uninstall using the following procedure

For Windows XP Users

Click the Start Button and select Control Panel.Select Add or Remove Programs.

Find and select Windows Internet Explorer 8 from the list of available applications.Click the Remove button.

Restart your system.

For Windows Vista Users

Click the Start Button and select Control Panel.Select Programs (Programs and Features if you’re using the Classic View).

Select View installed updates (it will be under the Tasks column if you’re using the Classic View).

Find and select Windows Internet Explorer 8 from the list of available updates.Click the Uninstall button at the top of the list.

Restart your system.

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  100 Responses to “How to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) in Vista/XP”

  1. QUOTE After installing IE8 and you don’t like for some reason QUOTE
    Haha, author, you are hilaruous!! :) The only reason is – its crap!!

  2. I uninstalled IE8 and now when I try to start IE7, the window opens for a split second and then closes. I’m not sure how to get IE7 working again. Anyone else have this problem?

  3. When I installed ie8, it ended up in “Program Files/Internet Explorer.” I uninstalled it using Add/Remove Programs, but it’s still there and it still works, but now it does not show up in Add/Remove. Also, Windows Search cannot find the “iexplore” of ie8 in “Program Files.” But it’s there.

    How can I remove ie8 without a reinstall of XP?

    Thanks for any assistance.

    Steve

  4. @steve

    try this application to uninstall

  5. had ie 8 installed then uninstalled now everytime I try to open internet explorer 7 even though I have reinstalled it several times it appears for a second on desktop then just dissappears!!!!Anyone have any suggestions???

  6. I had the same problem trying to rid my system of IE 8 beta 2 so I could re-install ie 6. I found that after uninstalling the Windows Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 from the control panel the registry still held the IE 8 signatures.

    Go to your registry (regedit.exe)

    Delete these keys:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT/INTERNET EXPLORER
    and
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT/INTERNET EXPLORER

    Yes, it will delete your old bookmarks unfortunately (and perhaps someone knows exactly which keys to delete under the IE folder) but it should allow you to re-install IE 6 or 7.

  7. Downloading this beta was a really bad idea. Won’t happen again.

  8. Yup, having a heck of a time removing this thing. I found somewhere else, that XP users have to remove service pack 3 before they can uninstall IE 8. It didn’t work for me…though without service pack 3, IE8 doesnt crash anymore…still…would like to get rid of it and go back to IE 7. The remove button says that IE 8 is already uninstalled….but…it is not. :( I guess beta really means beta not install.

  9. I Have found how to Remove IE 8 beta (Oh Happy Day)!!!!!

    I have Vista home premium 64bit, this worked for me, Originally it was not listed in the ad remove programs but under “Installed Updates” I didnt have to edit the registry either.. I liked the new IE8 but it kept crashing on me for no apparent reason and when I would cut/copy and then paste into the address bar it immediately closed, so for now until they get the bugs out I will stick with IE7, firefox or opera

    Removing IE8 on Windows Vista::

    1. Click the Start Button and select Control Panel.

    2. Select Programs (Programs and Features if you’re using the Classic View).

    3. Select View installed updates (it will be under the Tasks column if you’re using the Classic View).

    4. Find and select Windows Internet Explorer 8 from the list of available updates.

    5. Click the Uninstall button at the top of the list.

    6. Restart your system.

  10. I tried the instructions above, but I get a message that it was an incomplete install so all settings would be restored. I simply cannot get rid of IE 8 and am very frustrated as I cannot access parts of my online classes.

  11. Here is how to uninstall explorer 8 using windows xp.

    Enter your (C:) Drive, enter “WINDOWS”, look for “ie8?. there are a lot of files there but find, “spuninst” (click it of course), and that should uninstall Internet Explorer 8. and the same goes for all the I.E’s

    It worked for me so try it :)

  12. Sorry for being a dumb guy matt, but how does clicking on that file uninstall IE8 ? I click on it and just get more files. I assume you cant just delete the IE8 folder.

  13. Matt is correct. You have to go to Windows Explorer, click on your “C” drive, then the IE8 folder. There will be a sub folder labeled “spuninst”. Click on it then find the spuninst.exe file. Double click it and in a few minutes you will be back to IE7. I just did it. It works. Bless you Matt.

  14. “spuninst” is missing when the installation is incomplete. Thats what happened to me and others who have vista, see posts above.
    It is not possible to start ie and it doesnt show up as installed software. When trying to install another ie it says, first remove the previous install. When trying to delete “internet explorer” in the registry it says, this folder cannot be deleted.

  15. Sorry Lenny. I should have said I don’t have Vista, I have XP and the fix I mentioned above as first suggetsed by Matt worked for me. Don’t know anything about Vista but good luck.

  16. XP owners – ‘spuninst.exe’ works fine.. BUT is a HIDDEN file – If you have hidden files not set ‘on’ you will never find it, nor the IE8 folder mentioned in this thread !!

    Go:
    Tools
    Folder Options
    View
    “Show hidden files and folders”

    Jees that was a lucky escape for me – IE8 was freaking out every time it hit some heavy Javascript.

  17. I just uninstalled IE 8 using spuninst.exe. Thank you.

  18. Thanks so much for the detailed instructions on how to uninstall Explorer 8. I will never do THAT again!! :D

    L.

  19. Hello,
    Just wondering, if I uninstall IE8 as you have mentioned above by going to Windows, SPUNINST, how do I then install IE7 again? My computer tech loaded Windows XP Home edition for me so I don’t have the disk if I stuff this all up…
    I really don’t like IE8 but can’t risk messing up my computer by not knowing what im really doing :(
    PLEASE HELP!!!

  20. This worked for me in XP

    Go to Control panel -> Add or remove Programms -> Left side you will see Add or remove windows component-> uncheck Internet explorer and say next and follow couple of steps and it will be gone

  21. Sorry forgot to mention – restart your machine later

  22. well yeah the way to do it also is
    C:\WINDOWS\ie8\spuninst

  23. After installing IE8-Beta, My Outlook Express (OE v6) Stopped Working? (Keeps asking for the password??)!

    Does anyone know a work-around and how I could get my OE to work again? I am afraid if I even uninstall IE8 (beta), it still won’t help . As OE does NOT take my Password any more??
    And I KNOW my password is good I have not changed it in a while and the Hotmail (on the web) still works fine!?
    (Not unless MS decided to disable Outlook Exp. once again right at the exact time I installed IE8? which is unlikely)!

    BTW I am using IE6 right now. I copied the whole folder from c:\program files to D:\program files. (I think it is a good idea to copy the whole folder to some place else (ie C:\Temp\ or some place) just in case.

    Thanks for any help in advance!

  24. If your using windows xp

    go to start , control panel , add and remove , then tick the box that says show window updates at the top and then uninstall explorer 8

  25. Wow! In over twenty years of dealing with Microsoft I have never seen such a disaster! IE 8 failed on so many levels, even failing to display Microsoft’s own sites properly. Even the page to report all the errors crashed. I feel so lucky to have discovered these instructions in my search. Thank you! Thank you! I am now back to IE7, thankfully.

    It was a bit hard to find the “spuninst” file, so I suggest using your search for this first. You will find hundreds of instances of the file, but you are looking for the c:\windows\spuninst.exe file. I worried that I was going to lose all my hard researched favorites, but was thrilled they were still here.

  26. How to uninstall Internet Explorer 8:

    1. Go to Programs and Features
    2. Then click on View Installed Updates
    3. Find Internet Explorer 8 and then uninstall it

    That should help

  27. you might believe it but IE8, IE7 or IE6 does not show up anywhere in my programs in the control panel or explorer although it does work and shows up in the registry. ghostly!!! even in the tasks/updates in the vista it makes no showing. any suggestion?? cant uninstall something you cant see.

  28. i have even changed to see all files as well as system files and everything and the IE8 or 7 is not there in Vista on my system.

  29. Thank you for the instructions. IE8 Beta 2 was a nightmare on my Vista machine – incompatible with many sites and crashed an average of once every 2 hours of use. What a loser applicaiton…

  30. I have VISTA (I first dumb thing I ever did), and these posts have talked about both VISTA and XP. My problem is that after I uninstall IE 8 (downloading IE8 is the second dumb thing I did), and restart the computer, windows explorer does not work. So, I have to go back to IE 8, which has caused a few other problems, therefore, the reason I want to uninstall IE 8. So, it’s a catch 22 situation. So, any suggestions to get windows explorer working after I uninstall IE 8?

    Also, by the way, I searched Microsoft Web Site and do not see any help (what’s new). Has anyone found anything on Microsoft’s Web Site to help?

    Thanks

  31. Update…
    I found out that Microsoft has phone support for free for IE 8 Beta issues. I’ve been on the phone with them about 1 and a half hours, and have talked to 3 people. I am waiting for them to call back while I uninstall service pack 1 (so I can do a repair on the operating system. But now, when I try to uninstall (either IE8 or Service Pack 1, I get a message that says “Error, not all updates were successfully uninstalled. Oh great! The last guy said if this didn’t work there was nothing they could do.

    So, I’m probably just going to try to re-install windows, and if that gets messed up, just use my Mac, which I bought a few months back because I was fed up with VISTA.

  32. Thank you so much to Matt, Cam and Franky for your help with XP owners. I just got a new comp and got all the latest updates including IE8 (God what a mistake).
    I couldn’t just add/remove the programme because it didn’t give the option. Then i couldn’t uninstall using Spuninst because i couldn’t find the IE8 folder even using search. So then unchecked hidden files and found it and uninstalled it.

    I’m quite good with computers but it is all self taught and from experience (usually problems). I am quite pleased with myself that i got my new comp and installed XP and a load of other software myself and its only thanks to google and help sites like this that have made it possible.

    Thanks to all the people who give up their time to help everyone else.

  33. i am so irritated at vista and ie8. everytime i try to go to a site, ie8 will stp working and then will recover the page but this is all day long and very upset because i go to school online and this is a nightmare and isnt any better than ie7… thanks for nothing

  34. How to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

    To uninstall Internet Explorer 8, follow the steps for the version of Windows that you are running.
    Steps for Windows Vista or for Windows Server 2008
    To uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008, follow these steps: 1. Close all programs except Windows.
    2. Click Start, type appwiz.cpl in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
    3. In the Tasks pane, click View installed updates.
    4. In the list of installed updates, double-click Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2.

    Note If Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 does not appear in the list of installed updates, please try the alternative steps for Windows Vista or for Windows Server 2008.
    5. In the Uninstall an update dialog box, click Yes.

    Note If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
    6. Follow the instructions to uninstall Internet Explorer 8. When the uninstall program is finished, restart your computer.
    7.
    Verify that your earlier version of Internet Explorer was restored.

    Steps for Windows XP or for Windows Server 2003
    To uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 in Windows XP or in Windows Server 2003, follow these steps: 1. Close all programs except Windows.
    2. Click Start, click Run, type appwiz.cpl, and then click OK.
    3. In the list of currently installed programs, click Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2, and then click Remove.

    Note If Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 does not appear in the list of installed updates, please try the alternative steps for Windows XP or for Windows Server 2003.
    4. Follow the instructions to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2. When the uninstall program is finished, restart your computer.

    Verify that your earlier version of Internet Explorer was restored.

    Alternative steps for Windows Vista or for Windows Server 2008
    To uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008, follow these steps: 1. Carefully select and then copy the following command:
    FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-8*.mum /c “cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart”
    2. Click Start, and then type cmd.exe in the Start Search box.
    3. In the list of programs, right-click Cmd.exe, and then click Run as administrator.

    Note If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
    4. Right-click inside the Administrator: Command Prompt window, and then click Paste to paste the command that you copied in step 1.
    5. Press ENTER to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2. When the uninstall program is finished, restart your computer.

    Verify that your earlier version of Internet Explorer was restored.

    If this method did not work for you, please contact support for Internet Explorer 8 (http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?prid=12357) for additional help.

    Alternative steps for Windows XP or for Windows Server 2003
    To uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 in Windows XP or in Windows Server 2002, follow these steps: 1. Carefully select and then copy the following command:
    %windir%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe
    2. Click Start, click Run, type cmd.exe, and then press ENTER.
    3. Right-click inside the cmd.exe window, and then click Paste to paste the command that you copied in step 1.
    4. Press ENTER to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2. When the uninstall program is finished, restart your computer.

    Verify that your earlier version of Internet Explorer was restored.

    If this method did not work for you, please contact support for Internet Explorer 8 (http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?prid=12357) for additional help.

    Good Luck to every one

  35. Thanks for the assistance with the un-install of IE8. Fricken’ rediculous!!! I’m just glad to have that freak-show off of my PC!

  36. thanks. stupid ie8

  37. interesting how google release their first ever browser Google Chrome as a beta and it works like a dream

  38. ive got vista tried the program and features way of going into installed updates but there is no windows internet exploer in there??? and tried the other way of looking for ie8 in c windows and there is no such folder. vista sucks my nuts wtf?

  39. If IE8 isn’t listed on windows updates,use this method:

    1. Carefully select and then copy the following command:
    %windir%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe
    2. Click Start, click Run, type cmd.exe, and then press ENTER.
    3. Right-click inside the cmd.exe window, and then click Paste to paste the command that you copied in step 1.
    4. Press ENTER to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2. When the uninstall program is finished, restart your computer.

    Verify that your earlier version of Internet Explorer was restored.

    for any help: nipfire@gmail.com

  40. The most absolutely awful thing I have ever downloaded onto my XP. It is just total junk. Crashes, and it is like Zango to uninstall. Goodbye Microsoft.

  41. THIS WORKED:

    If IE8 isn’t listed on windows updates,use this method:

    1. Carefully select and then copy the following command:
    %windir%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe
    2. Click Start, click Run, type cmd.exe, and then press ENTER.
    3. Right-click inside the cmd.exe window, and then click Paste to paste the command that you copied in step 1.
    4. Press ENTER to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2. When the uninstall program is finished, restart your computer.

    Verify that your earlier version of Internet Explorer was restored.

  42. I uninstalled IE8 from add and remove, ,restart, when finished restarting IE8 was still present,okay, now, IE8 doesn’t show up in add and remove, The before mentioned IE* folder is there, but empty, I always have hidden files shown, I try to reinstall IE7, is says that there is a newer version already installed…Sun novah Bich!!!Can anyone help

  43. ie8 locks into “recover tab” loop. i understand how to remove the ie8 as an update, remove sp3 first, unhide folders and remove, ie8spuninst,spuninstexe, tried everything i could find. it all ends up at:
    setup cannot copy file hmmapi.dll.mui. tried reloading updates, different combos of removal per instructions, and always and up at hmmapi.dll.mui. AT BEST! Nothing is working guys.

  44. Well, I have followed the instructions given and I’m actually almost done uninstalling this nightmare. But, throughout the process it has said it cannot find certain files (which I searched for and found). Now it needs one more: corpol.dll.000

    It’s supposed to be in the windows nt service pack uninstall folder. I looked and it was empty. Does this mean I have to reinstall windows?

  45. Uninstalling IE8 IS NOT done via the ways described here.
    It leaves no record in “Programs” or as a task in the installed updates.
    Only way is to delete the “Internet Explorer” from Program Files after you have installed IE7.

  46. Thank’s Dude… spuninst kill the IE8 beautifully..

  47. “ie8 locks into “recover tab” loop. i understand how to remove the ie8 as an update, remove sp3 first, unhide folders and remove, ie8spuninst,spuninstexe, tried everything i could find. it all ends up at:
    setup cannot copy file hmmapi.dll.mui. tried reloading updates, different combos of removal per instructions, and always and up at hmmapi.dll.mui. AT BEST! Nothing is working guys.”

    I have this situation. Tried spuninstexe, and all other tips and still there are missing files to copy and uninstall is not completed…. HELP MI OBI VAN!!!

  48. I have uninstalled IE8 using the “Program and Feature” method. There are still “instances” of ie8 on my system. How to I remove those “instances”? One of them is a “log” file for ie8, is it safe to delete this?

  49. If you are using Windows Vista and you trust MicroSoft support then copy and paste the following link:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957700

    Click on the “How do I uninstall or remove Internet Explorer 8?” link and you will have two options of uninstalling IE8.
    It will also provide information for Wjndows XP users as well.

  50. I’m having the same problem. I got this error message, The following were installed on your computer after Internet Explorer 8
    Update for Windows IE 8 (KB968220)

    If these programs depend on IE8, they might not work properly after it is removed. Do you want to continue? Yes or No.

    There is no remove button for XP Sp3. I’m trying to revert back to ie6 because I bought some software a few weeks ago. I need ie6 to install it but i don’t want to keep ie6. I just want ie7 with Xp sp3 after i get done using ie6 for my installation
    How do I remove these programs without messing the computer up. I tried the fix it tool Microsoft offered. It didn’t work. I also tried to restore option. I got rid of ie8 but ie7 was disabled.

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