Windows users who have installed Internet Explorer 9 recently on one of the supported versions of Windows, may at one point decide to uninstall Internet Explorer 9 again. A common reason for uninstalling the browser at a later time is if it is acting up and troubleshooting the issue did not resolve it.
Most Windows users can uninstall the web browser from the operating system's Control Panel applet. Some users have however reported that the uninstallation does not remove the Internet Explorer version from their computer system.
Finding out if the removal of Internet Explorer was successful is not complicated. You could first try and start the browser and check the reported version under Settings > About Internet Explorer.
If Internet Explorer 9 is listed, or if the browser does not start up at all, it is time for a thorough clean-up to remove the browser from the system.
Microsoft has released a Fix it application to resolve Internet Explorer 9 uninstallation issues. Microsoft Fix Its are lightweight programs that resolve specific issues on a system without user interaction.
All that is usually required to do is to run the Fix It with elevated rights. The program will take care of the rest on its own. The particular Internet Explorer 9 Removal Fix It creates a System Restore point before it starts the removal of the browser.
The Fix It app will remove Internet Explorer 9 automatically and prompt for a reboot once it is done.
Microsoft has furthermore posted a manual fix if IE9 cannot be uninstalled correctly on Windows.
To uninstall Internet Explorer 9, follow these steps:
- Log on to the computer as an administrator.
- Close all Internet Explorer browser windows.
- Start Notepad.
- Copy and paste the following HTML text into Notepad to convert the HTML text into plain text:
FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-*9.*.mum /c "cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart"
- Click Start, and then click Run.
- Copy and then paste (or type) the following command in the Open box, and then press Enter: cmd
- Copy the text from Notepad, paste the text into the Command Prompt window at a command prompt, and then press Enter.
- After the command runs, and the Command Prompt window returns, repeat step 7, and then go to step 9.
- Restart the computer to complete uninstallation of Internet Explorer 9. When you do this, the previously installed version of Internet Explorer is installed.
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