Uninstall / Remove Internet Explorer 8 Completely From Windows Vista and XP

by Rohit Khurana on April 24, 2009



Internet Explorer 8 is the best version of internet explorer till now, it is fast, secure and easy to configure and use. But by any chance if you want to remove or delete internet explorer 8 from your computer for any reason,  we will tell how to remove it completely from Windows XP and Windows Vista.


Note: Internet explorer can not be uninstalled when you upgrade to Windows XP service pack 3. If you have to upgrade to Windows XP SP3 then you would need to first uninstall Internet Explorer, other wise you cannot remove or uninstall internet explorer 7 or internet explorer 8 from your computer.


Here is how you can uninstall – remove – delete internet explorer 8 from Windows XP and Windows Vista




Uninstall Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP

1. Open Start Menu >> Control Panel

2. Double click Add/Remove Programs

3. Find and select Internet Explorer 8 and Click Remove


Uninstall Internet Explorer 8 On Windows Vista

In case of windows vista internet explorer 8 does not get installed as a program it is considered as an update for windows vista

1. Open Start menu >> Control Panel

2. Select Programs and Features and click view Installed updates

3. Find and select Windows Internet Explorer 8 from the list and click Uninstall

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shlomog May 24, 2010 at 10:56 am

explorer 8 can not be removed because .
in the control panel does not apper the word remove
what can be the reason.
i need help

Rohit May 24, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Go to add remove programs and select “Add Remove Windows Features”, there you may find an option to remove IE.

Alex November 30, 2010 at 5:23 am

I’ve followed the steps and looked at diffrent websites, apparently the IE 8 is an update, and to remove it completely has cased me problems. I’ve uninstalled the IE8 through the update section in programs on windows vista. But still when I click the icon, the IE8 still works.. This is not uninstalled, need help. Love fire fox hate, IE8. not use having both!?

Please help, thanks…

Taylor December 17, 2010 at 5:00 am


Those procedures above do not completely uninstall IE8. If you want to do this, After following the procedures above, you need to go into Add/Remove Windows Components for Windows XP, or Turn Windows features on or off for Vista/7. In XP, this is under Control Panel-Add/Remove Programs-Add/Remove Windows Components. In Vista and 7, it’s under Control Panel-Programs and Features-Turn Windows features on or off. To do this in Vista 7, go into Turn Windows features on or off, and scroll down the checklist until you see the checkbox for Internet Explorer. Uncheck the box. Confirm that you want to uninstall it from Windows. Also, this may prompt you to restart your computer. Keep in mind that Windows may still push out updates for IE8, just make sure you don’t try to install them. Can’t remember if this is the case or not, but good luck!!

Chris March 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Here’s a even better one,

I’ve just did a fresh install of Windows Vista on my laptop, which is an alienware, through the Vista System CD they provided. However during the proccess of automatic updates, Internet Explorer 8 Failed to install properly, and now It will not update, remains in the Update que, prevents further updates from occuring.

I have tried the advanced removal procedures that had me delete regestry keys, use “FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-8*.mum /c “cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart”
” in CMD.EXE under adminstrator, and been through the control panel, under programs, its not there, under updates, its not there, under Programs and Features or Windows features it doesnt show there. I am at my wits end. Where do i go from here? Appreciate the help in advance.


Peter Baker April 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I did a full backup using Macrium Reflect befor loadin IE8 and then recovered after I had tried
it. No problem.

Dee May 10, 2012 at 3:15 am

I want to uninstall Internet Explorer completely from my computer because I don’t use it at all. I have tried everything listed above, and I still can not get it to uninstall because I keep getting that it is being used by other programs. Why am I getting this statement? I have windows XP ,and I only use Firefox.

drasif September 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

in the middle of uninstalling IE8, it reboots the system (XP SP2) and does not uninstall. what to do?

drasif September 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm

how to unistall IE8 in windows XP SP2, if it fails to unistall by control panel and add remove menu, during uninstallation it reboots the system and does not uninstall.

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