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Uninstall Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 Completely

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.

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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.

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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.

The Fix It hopefully resolves all Internet Explorer 9 removal issues for Windows users. Did you try out Microsoft's latest web browser? What's your verdict? (via)

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    1. odio said on October 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      I only instaled for testing purpose, open it one time and never again.

    2. Roman ShaRP said on October 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      Yes, I tried it. No big difference.

      Perhaps nothing can fix IE. It’s lagging very badly. And it’s very-very bad that some customers chose MS products like SharePoint which web pages work correctly in IE only.

    3. fokka said on October 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      ie9 is only my fallback-browser for when i have trouble accessing websites in firefox.

      maybe it got better version by version, but i dont really care since firefox does everything i want the way i want.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm

        I like to keep IE up to date for better security on my system, even if I do not use the browser as my primary one, its rendering engine is used by third party apps.

    4. Mike J said on October 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      I keep IE around because many apps use it for their “Help”- site browser.

    5. gadgets said on October 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      IE is still the best browser, it is really fast when it comes to playing browser game online, so keep it is the best option.

      1. Dean said on October 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

        @gadgets You are trolling, surely?!

        I keep it around as does fokka, just as a fall back when Opera, Chrome and FF don’t work!

    6. WebHybrid said on October 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      I’m with Martin Brinkmann & Mike J.

      I have little urge to uninstall IE. Windows Update keeps it current, but I almost never open it. Can’t recall ever having used it for actual browsing since the advent of version 9.

      Firefox is my primary browser; Chrome serves as a backup for the occasional page on which Firefox’s ‘Adblock Plus’ blanks out a video or something.

      For extra convenience: the Firefox add-on ‘Chrome View’ provides a no-fuss way to open the current page in Chrome.

    7. ilev said on October 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

      This is your last chance to uninstall IE as Microsoft intent ,With Antitrust Decree Gone, to tie IE10 into Windows 8 with no way to disable or remove the browser. This of course won’t happen in EU where Microsoft is forbidden to ship IE (or media player) with Windows (there is a browsers ballot screen in EU).

      1. ilev said on October 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

        p.s couldn’t find a link to the fix it file on Microsoft’s sites.

        1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 28, 2011 at 10:56 am
    8. ilev said on October 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

      @Martin, thanks, but this is a direct file download. I would like the link to the page which contains the link as well as Microsoft’s text for manual uninstallarion.


      1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

        The support page somehow is no longer available.

        1. ilev said on October 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm

          That was my experience too. Wonder why :-)

    9. Angela said on June 11, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Didn’t work for me – nothing works, I can’t get rid of this annoying program and can’t update to the latest version! What a nightmare!

      1. babacar said on November 7, 2016 at 3:49 pm

        Same problem for me…
        Have you found a solution ?

    10. Tony L. said on July 18, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      Would anybody give the solution that really works to get rid of IE9 and be able to install IE11?

    11. RD said on May 24, 2017 at 12:09 am

      IEradicator will solve your issue :)

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