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How to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 if SP3 is installed after the IE update?

Here are the steps to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta from the computer:
Note: These steps are only for Windows XP with Service Pack 3.
1) Click on Start, click on my computer.
2) Browse to C:\WINDOWS\
Note: You will have to unhide the files and folders:
1. Start Windows Explorer. To do this, click Start, click Run, type userinit.exe , and then click OK.
2. Click Tools, and then click Folder Options.
3. Click the View tab.
4. Click Advanced Settings.
5. Under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders, click to clear the Hide Protected Operating System files (recommended) check box, and then click OK.
3) Double click on the folder “ie8′.
4) Double click on the folder “spuninst”.
5) Double click on the executable “spuninst.exe”.
Follow the prompts and then click on “Finish” to restart the computer.
Your Internet Explorer will roll back to the previous version (IE7 or IE6).

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I want to know on how to uninstall IE8 on my computer i am running a windows XP service pack 3. I just want to install a fresh copy of IE8 . . . . .


Hi josephc_agni,

You cannot uninstall Internet Explorer 8 if it is set as not removable. This occurs if you install Internet Explorer 8 before you install Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP. If this scenario applies to you, then you must uninstall SP3 before you can uninstall Internet Explorer 8.

To uninstall Internet Explorer 8, follow these steps:
  1. Close all programs.
  2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. In the list of currently installed programs, click Windows Internet Explorer 8, and then click Remove.

    NOTE: If Windows Internet Explorer 8 does not appear in the list of installed updates, try the alternative step given below.
  5. Follow the instructions to uninstall Internet Explorer 8.
  6. When the uninstall program is finished, restart your computer.
ALTERNATIVE STEP:

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

Dec 05, 2010 | Microsoft Internet Explorer 8

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I have lost the use of internet explorer - I get a run time error. I have tried to download from their website but my system says there is a newer version already loaded so it won't load the one I down loaded. How can I get it back? Currently I am using Mozilla Firefox.


Steps for Windows 7To uninstall Internet Explorer 8, follow these steps:
  1. Close all programs.
  2. Click Start vistastartbutton.jpg, and then click Control Panel.
  3. Under Programs, click Uninstall a program.
  4. In the tasks pane, click Turn Windows features on or off.
  5. In the list of windows features, clear the check box next to Internet Explorer 8.
  6. You receive a warning message in a pop-up window. Click Yes.
Internet Explorer 8 will now be uninstalled. The system will restart after the installation.

if that fails then there is a manual way to do this using the CMD prompt...
  1. Carefully select and then copy the following command: FORFILES /P %WINDIR%servicingPackages /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.
  6. When the uninstall program is finished, restart your computer.
You cannot uninstall Internet Explorer 8 if it is set as not removable. This occurs if you install Internet Explorer 8 before you install Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP. If this scenario applies to you, then you must uninstall SP3 before you can uninstall Internet Explorer 8. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Jul 30, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 1720 17" Widescreen...

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explorer 8 removal


Steps for Windows 7 loadTOCNode(3, 'resolution'); To uninstall Internet Explorer 8, follow these steps:
  1. Close all programs.
  2. Click Start Collapse this image Expand this imagevistastartbutton.jpg, and then click Control Panel.
  3. Under Programs, click Uninstall a program.
  4. In the tasks pane, click Turn Windows features on or off.
  5. In the list of windows features, clear the check box next to Internet Explorer 8.
  6. You receive a warning message in a pop-up window. Click Yes.
Internet Explorer 8 will now be uninstalled. The system will restart after the installation.

Steps for Windows XP or for Windows Server 2003 loadTOCNode(3, 'resolution'); To uninstall Internet Explorer 8, follow these steps:
  1. Close all programs.
  2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. In the list of currently installed programs, click Windows Internet Explorer 8, and then click Remove.

    Note If Windows Internet Explorer 8 does not appear in the list of installed updates, try the alternative steps for Windows XP or for Windows Server 2003.
  5. Follow the instructions to uninstall Internet Explorer 8.
  6. When the uninstall program is finished, restart your computer.
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Apr 27, 2010 | Microsoft Internet Explorer 8

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Getting a blank McAfee SecurityCenter window


Yes you do need to uninstall .Its beta and still buggy .Follow these instructions

1. Click the Start Button and select Control Panel.
2. Select Add or Remove Programs.
3. Find and select Windows Internet Explorer 8 from the list of available applications.
4. Click the Remove button.
5. Restart your system.
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.

Nov 06, 2008 | Compaq Presario Notebook

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