Snippet: How to Uninstall Internet Explorer 9 in Windows

For those who have installed Internet Explorer 9 beta last week, you will find your previous installation of Internet Explorer been replaced by this latest version. In addition, when you try to uninstall the application (via Control panel), you will find that you won’t be able to do so, simply because the IE 9 entry is not in the uninstallation list.

Since IE9 is installed as an update, not as an application, to uninstall IE9, we need to uninstall the update instead of the program. Here’s how you can do so:

1. Open your Control Panel and click on the Uninstall a program link.


2. On the left pane, click the View Installed Updates.


3. Scroll down the list until you find the entry “Windows Internet Explorer 9“. Highlight it and click the Uninstall button.


4. You will see the Uninstallation prompt. Once it is done, you will be asked to restart the computer.


5. After the restart, your Internet Explorer should restore back to IE 8.

That’s it.

Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.


  1. I’m used to all the toolbars with the older version of IE, how do I get things like, “Favorites, File, View, Tools and Help” integrated with IE9.  I guess I’m afraid of the new changes.  But, my pc has been trippin’ since my son-in-law bought a router and performance is slow, getting messages such as windows is closing etc, etc, etc.  Will Windows Internet 9 make things better?

    1. The options like Favorites, File, View etc are still available in IE9, it is just that they are now located at different location. You should be able to access them by clicking the Home icon. 

      Upgrading to IE9 might make thing better, but it still depend on where is the source of the problem. If the slow performance is due to an issue with the router, you won’t be able to see any improvement in IE9.

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