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How to uninstall IE 8 Beta and downgrade back to IE 6/7

  • There are many people looking for solutions for downgrading from IE 8 back to IE 6 or 7. I actually stumbled upon this blog and found it very useful and thought I should share with you guys. The steps are clear to the point and easy to follow. I MIGHT downgrade to IE 7, but I want to see how much longer I can last with this buggy thing. :)

    Things aren’t looking to go for IE8 Beta, I’m getting really annoyed with the incompatibilities while surfing different websites, specially when I’m in the middle of filling in data, if I press the Compatiblity View button, I lose all the data I typed in.

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    Uninstalling Internet Explorer 8 in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
    •From the Start menu, open Control Panel and click Add or Remove Programs
    •Click Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 and then click Remove.
    •Your computer will be reverted to Internet Explorer 6 + previous IE6 security updates or Internet Explorer 7 + previous IE7 security updates depending on what you had before the upgrade.
    •You can confirm that by clicking Help, then About Internet Explorer next time you launch Internet Explorer.
    •Be sure to check for any new security updates.

    Uninstalling Internet Explorer 8 in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
    •From the Start menu, open Control Panel and click Programs
    •Click Programs and Features and click View Installed Updates (located in the left side menu
    •Select Windows Internet Explorer 8 and Uninstall
    •Your machine will be reverted to IE7 + previous IE7 security updates
    •You can confirm that by clicking Help, then clicking About Internet Explorer next time you launch Internet Explorer.
    •Be sure to check for any new security updates.

    From gHacks.net

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    This entry was posted on Friday, September 5th, 2008 at 9:00 pm


  1. #1 pie
    September 18th, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    thanks your my hero ! this was jsut the info i needed ^ ^

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  2. #2 lili585967843215
    September 21st, 2008 at 9:24 am

    the info was hot thanx

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  3. #3 Datson
    October 21st, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    The IE8 beta2 not ready yet.

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  4. #4 jack
    October 28th, 2008 at 7:56 am

    What if the remove button does not appear in ie8?

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  5. #5 admin
    October 28th, 2008 at 11:14 am

    hi jack, the remove button is in the control panel fromthe start menu not within IE8. Hope that helps

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  6. #6 Graywolf
    April 5th, 2009 at 3:14 am

    Hi, in the Add or Remove Program, I can see Windows Internet Explorer 8. However when clicked on it, the ADD/REMOVE button is not there. How then can we remove it? Any ideas on the next step?

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  7. #7 Graywolf
    April 5th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Hey! I got it! I have successfully un-installed IE8 frm my Windows XP. First, you need to un-install Service Pack 3 from your pc, because SP3 is the one that is blocking the IE8 Uninstallation!

    Go to: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950249/
    (To make things easier for you, I have copied the steps below):

    To remove Windows XP SP3 from your computer, use method 2.

    Method2: Use the hidden $NtServicePackUninstall$ folder.
    Click Start, click Run, type this: c:\windows\$NtServicePackUninstall$\spuninst\spuninst.exe in the Open box, and then click OK.
    When the Windows XP Service Pack 3 Removal Wizard starts, click Next.
    Follow the instructions on the screen to remove Windows XP SP3.

    After SP3 has been removed and your pc has re-started, you now need to remove IE8:-

    Alternative steps for Windows XP or for Windows Server 2003:
    To uninstall Internet Explorer 8, follow these steps:
    Click Start, and then click Run.
    In the Open box, type Cmd.exe, and then press ENTER.
    Inside the Cmd.exe window, type in the following command: %windir%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe
    Press ENTER to uninstall Internet Explorer 8.
    When the uninstall program is finished, restart your computer.

    After you have restarted your computer, your previous IE have already been automatically rolled back in. To check your IE version simply open Internet Explorer, click Help and then About Internet Explorer.

    Voila! It worked perfectly!

    P/S. In case your previous IE was not rolled back in, simply install IE7 into your pc.

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  8. #8 Someone
    April 12th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Hi, I have installed IE8 and I think it sucks major ass. I try to remove the upgrade thingy but it isn’t present in the Control Panel\Programs and Features. I am stuck with it. How can I remove it?

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  9. #9 Ryan
    May 28th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Here’s how you uninstall it, in either VIsta or XP. Go to Start > Run, and then type in (carefully), the following line:


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  10. #10 ipko
    June 16th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Ryan, LIFE SAVER!

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  11. #11 pool
    June 25th, 2009 at 1:09 am

    my IE8 cant be remove….damn..shit..can u help me?
    i go to control panel..add/remove program…and i click IE8 then it dont have change/remove button…help me..mail me

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  12. #12 pool backsplash
    June 25th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    pool, read comment #9.

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  13. #13 Krista
    July 8th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    This was very helpful! Thank you.

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  14. #14 meredith
    July 21st, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    silly question…. if I go through the control panel to remove IE8, how can I be sure that my computer will revert back to IE7?? That’s my main concern, that I will lose IE all together???

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  15. #15 admin
    July 21st, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    You can go to your IE’s Help-> About Internet Explorer and find out which version you are currently running. Worse case is you can download IE7 and reinstall.

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  16. #16 su
    October 28th, 2009 at 3:09 am

    i’ve remove all ie8 from add/remove program and also restart but there’s no ie6 in ready to use.

    after i’d tried install ie6 downloaded from windows web it said the same
    ‘can’t continue u have the newwer version’

    what should i do

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  17. #17 shea
    October 30th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Ok, I have looked through all the posts on many sites regarding downgrading from IE8 to IE7. IE8 is killing me. It is extremely slow and many sites wont work with it. MSN’s own gaming page hardly works with it! Simply unbelievable.

    The problem is this: I have vista and the program is nowhere to be found. It is not in the programs area where you can install them and it is not on the view installed updates tab area either. I have also tried run- %windir%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe Did not work.

    Do you have the answer for this one?

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  18. #18 admin
    October 30th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Man I don’t know as I only have XP and the listed way (final section) is the only way I found from ghack regarding uninstalling in Vista. I can’t believe IE8 is still that bad, its been so long since I posted this.

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  19. #19 angel
    November 2nd, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    this IE8 is a big mess

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  20. #20 admin
    November 2nd, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Wow i didn’t expect IE8 would be such a big mess. I’m glad I am sticking to IE7.

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  21. #21 QAM
    December 9th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    This has beena great read. I have been on IE8 from the frist day of release with no issues to report. But I had to downgrade a couple of PC on which users had upgraded to IE8 and one of our application is not compatiable with. Thanks for posting this it worked perfect!!

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  22. #22 IE working slow after downgrade
    December 23rd, 2009 at 5:19 am

    i followed the procedure as given, for downgrading from IE8 to IE6 on my Windows XP machine.

    But now the problem is that both OUTLOOK and IE have become extremly slow, especially outlook. IE6 works fine once the window opens up, but that too ia taking double the earlier time.

    Any Suggestions??

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  23. #23 admin
    December 23rd, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Wow that is something new, yet again. Can you try uninstalling outlook, as in uninstalling MS Office and reinstall it and see if that helps? That’s the only thing I can think of right now.

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  24. #24 Amit
    December 24th, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Well i myself tried few things on my own and here is what i did :-

    1. IE–>Tools–Internet Option–>Programs–reset web settings
    2. Used about.blank for the default web-page
    3. tried outlook–>Help–>Detect and repair.

    Well there is some improvement, not very significant but definitely noticeable.

    As for the un-installing thing, i can give it a try , but as this machine belongs to my workplace , will have to follow a long procedure.
    [Add to that will have to admit that i upgraded without raising a ticket ;) ] Hence saving it as a last measure.

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  25. #25 mcv
    March 3rd, 2010 at 6:16 am

    I managed to uninstall IE8 (through “add or remove component”, under “add/remove program”), but I can’t install IE6, because the installer still detects a more recent version of IE.

    Very annoying! Any idea how to circumvent this?

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  26. #26 Sahil
    October 13th, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Thnx, it really works, thanx alot.

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