How to Uninstall IE9

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Microsoft reported over 2 million IE9 beta downloads during the first two days. While the browser is good, it’s not without problems. For example, reliable IE8 testing becomes impossible without an additonal real or virtual PC. IE9 also renders XML as plain text without error checking. I also experienced frequent crashes when launching an IE-specific system which was critical for my work. It’s still a beta so we can forgive Microsoft for the browser’s shortcomings and uninstall if required. Or can we? IE9 does not appear within “Programs and Features” in the Control Panel!

Fortunately, Microsoft has not been cruel — you can remove the browser without an OS re-installation. Follow the steps below:

  • Close all your applications.
  • Open the Control Panel and proceed to Programs and Features.
  • Click View Installed Updates in the left-hand task pane.
  • Scroll to the bottom and you’ll find Windows Internet Explorer 9. Double-click it, and click Yes at the “Are you sure you want to uninstall this update?” prompt.
  • Follow the instructions and reboot when prompted.

The whole process will take 5-10 minutes depending on the speed of your PC. IE7/8 will be back in its full glory. I bet you hadn’t missed it!

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  • Gaurav Mishra

    Now that’s an interesting article!
    Un-installing IE 9 :D

  • powerpotatoe

    Thanks for the information.

  • eClare

    Thanks for the info, i rather encountered a wired problem with both IE9 beta and FF4 beta, both them have a serious Arabic latters rendering problems

  • Cassandra_IE_Team

    Hi Craig – Thanks for sharing the IE9 beta uninstall directions. Since IE9 is in beta form, bugs are to be expected. If you’d like to report bugs to the IE9 development team, we’d love to hear them at Microsoft Connect – http://connect.microsoft.com/ie

    Thanks for trying IE9 beta, and hope you’ll reinstall when the final version of IE9 is released.

    Cheers,
    Cassandra
    IE Outreach Team

  • http://www.brothercake.com/ James Edwards

    If you manage your VMs properly you won’t have this kind of issue :-P

    • http://www.optimalworks.net/ Craig Buckler

      Actually, that’s not quite true.

      I suspect most people use XP VMs (such as XP Mode) and have IE9 installed on their ‘real’ PC. That can lead to issues, e.g. MS CRM failures (pre-latest roll-up versions) or not being able to log on to a remote desktop via a Java-based IE-only tunneling applet.

      However, you’ll be fine if you have a Windows Vista/7 VM running IE9.

      • http://www.brothercake.com/ James Edwards

        Exactly. Don’t install a beta browser on your main desktop machine; keep it in a VM which you can clone and fork-off ad infinitum, or just throw away completely if it all goes wrong.

        That’s what I meant by “properly”. It probably sounds a bit cruel or superior to say this, but frankly, if you go installing beta versions of IE on a Windows machine that’s your primary desktop, you deserve everything you get :p

      • http://www.optimalworks.net/ Craig Buckler

        Nice thought, but it’s easier said than done. Few people could justify a separate Windows Vista/7 PC/VM just for the IE9 beta. So you either pay up or don’t install it.

  • Sush

    Hey Thanks, I was just searching this

  • Miffed

    Well I tried Craigs suggestion on unistalling ie9Beta and there is no listing in my updates anywhere for ie9. I have been intouch with Microsoft several times and they have been of no help. They told me tonight that I needed to contact Acer and have them send me a Reinstall Disc to redo my whole system. This means that I will loose everything and all will be put back to factory. To top it all of they say I have to purchase the disc. The one tech from Microsoft told me that ie 9 had not installed properly, that is why I can’t find it listed anywhere. Now I am stuck with ie9 and all of the problems that it is causing on my computor. Any advice from anyone?

    • http://www.optimalworks.net/ Craig Buckler

      That sounds nasty, Miffed. Before undertaking an OS re-installation, try installing IE9 again. With luck, it’ll appear in the installed updates pane.

  • Ara Kazanjian

    Thanks Craig. I needed this help.