Windows users who installed the second beta version of Internet Explorer 8 on their devices started to report errors that they encountered shortly after doing so.
Steven Hodson over on Winextra was one of the first to point out display problems with elements not being in their right place on websites. Steve noticed as well that the Share This plugin, used by millions of websites, would lock Internet Explorer 8 completely and increase memory usage of the browser quickly to 300 and more Megabytes.
Any users who experiences these issues on a production machine may want to remove the Internet Explorer 8 Beta again from the system to go back to Internet Explorer 7 for the meantime. While it is suggested to test beta versions on development machines only, this is not always the case, and if the damage is done, it needs to be corrected.
The following guide explains how to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
Some Windows XP users might not be able to uninstall Internet Explorer 8. This happens to users who installed a previous version of Internet Explorer 8 and later on the Service Pack 3 for Windows XP. A warning is issued to those users during installation of Internet Explorer 8 that the installation will become permanent.
Affected users may still be able to go back to a previous version of Internet Explorer, but only if a backup or System Restore point is available that dates back to a time before IE8 was installed.
Uninstall Internet Explorer 8 in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
Uninstall Internet Explorer 8 in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
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