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Downgrade IE9 to IE8 windows 7

    Question

  • Hello,

     

    is there a way to uninstall IE9 on windows 7 and install IE8?

     

    Thanks,

    Gidi

    Thursday, September 22, 2011 9:40 AM

Answers

  • How to downgrade from Internet Explorer 9 to Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7

    Downgrading Internet Explorer from 9 to 8 is a feature “hidden” from view in Windows 7. Since there isn’t a download available for Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7, the only way to revert back is through the “View Installed Updates” menu inside Control Panel -> Programs.

    I had to revert back to IE8 since we still have a number of users with Windows XP (which only runs in IE8)

    You can remove IE9 and install IE8 using the following steps.

    1. Close all programs.

    2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

    3. Click Uninstall a Program under the Programs category

    4. In the Tasks pane, click View installed updates.

    5. In the list of installed updates, double-click Windows Internet Explorer 9.

     

    Once Internet Explorer 9 has been uninstalled from your system, the computer will require a reboot. After rebooting, your computer should now revert back to Internet Explorer 8.

    To disable IE8 or IE9 in Windows 7, go to Control Panel -> Programs. Click on the “Turn on Windows Features on or off” link. Uncheck Internet Explorer 9 (or Internet Explorer 8). The system will then act as if Internet Explorer is no longer installed. You can re-enable it via a simple checkbox.

     

     

    Regards,


    MCP | MCTS | MCITP
    Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:10 AM

All replies

    • Proposed as answer by onlysource Friday, September 28, 2012 5:59 PM
    Thursday, September 22, 2011 9:50 AM
  • Hello gidi,

    Please try:

    • pressing the Start orb in the lower left corner of your screen
    • type "appwiz.cpl" (without the quotemarks) and press [ENTER]
    • click "View installed updates"
    • select "Windows Internet Explorer 9" in the category 'Microsoft Windows' and press 'Uninstall' in the top of the 'Installed updates'-box.
    • reboot your computer

    This should do the trick, and I hope I could help you out.


    With kind regards,
    Laurenz

    Thursday, September 22, 2011 9:54 AM
  • Thanks, I tried it, but the system is win7 SP1 so i can't install IE8 right?
    Thursday, September 22, 2011 9:55 AM
  • You should be able to run IE8 on Win7 SP1.
    Thursday, September 22, 2011 9:59 AM
  • How to downgrade from Internet Explorer 9 to Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7

    Downgrading Internet Explorer from 9 to 8 is a feature “hidden” from view in Windows 7. Since there isn’t a download available for Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7, the only way to revert back is through the “View Installed Updates” menu inside Control Panel -> Programs.

    I had to revert back to IE8 since we still have a number of users with Windows XP (which only runs in IE8)

    You can remove IE9 and install IE8 using the following steps.

    1. Close all programs.

    2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

    3. Click Uninstall a Program under the Programs category

    4. In the Tasks pane, click View installed updates.

    5. In the list of installed updates, double-click Windows Internet Explorer 9.

     

    Once Internet Explorer 9 has been uninstalled from your system, the computer will require a reboot. After rebooting, your computer should now revert back to Internet Explorer 8.

    To disable IE8 or IE9 in Windows 7, go to Control Panel -> Programs. Click on the “Turn on Windows Features on or off” link. Uncheck Internet Explorer 9 (or Internet Explorer 8). The system will then act as if Internet Explorer is no longer installed. You can re-enable it via a simple checkbox.

     

     

    Regards,


    MCP | MCTS | MCITP
    Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:10 AM
  • Hello again gidi,

    Please check if Internet Explorer 8 is enabled by:

    • pressing the Start-orb in the lower left corner of your screen
    • typing "Turn Windows features on or off" and waiting for the list to be populated
    • find an entry called 'Internet Explorer 8' and check if the checkbox is selected
      • if it was not selected press "OK" and when it prompts you to restart your computer press "Restart now".
      • if it was already selected press "Cancel", press the Start-orb in the lower left corner of your screen and type "Internet Explorer" (when it shows the program Internet Explorer it would be wise to pin it to the taskbar or place it on your desktop)

    I hope this solved your problem.


    With kind regards,
    Laurenz

    • Proposed as answer by pip461 Friday, April 05, 2013 6:45 PM
    Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:11 AM
  • I want to get rid of IE9 too, but when I perform the "Turn Windows features on or off" there is no entry for "Internet Explorer 8", but there is one for Internet Explorer 9.  Any further advice ?

    Wednesday, September 28, 2011 2:50 AM
  • Don't go to the Turn Windows features on or off, but uninstall Windows Internet Explorer using the steps above.
    Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:24 AM
  • Hi,

    This process does not need any special technical knowledge.

    Just simple steps can make it to downgrade Windows Internet Explorer 9 to its previous versions.

    One method is by just installing any previous versions like IE 8 and IE 7 over the installed IE 9 version.

    Another possibility is through directly uninstalling the program using the Uninstall Windows Internet Explorer file present in the folder where Windows Internet Explorer is installed.

    Another method to downgrade is to uninstall the IE 9 version using Add or Remove Programs option from control panel.

    http://browser.iyogi.com/internet-explorer/internet-explorer-9-downgrade.html

     

    Hope this information helps you.

     

    Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:10 AM
  • Unfortunately, NONE of these methods work if IE9 was installed at the factory. We recently purchased some Dell Optiplex 790s with 64-bit Windows 7 pro, and IE 9 was included as part of the Windows install. So, there's no IE 9 to uninstall. You can't download IE 8 for Windows 7 (only for XP and Vista) from here:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/downloads/ie-8

    (and, naturally the Vista version doesn't install on Win7)

    This wouldn't be a problem, except that IE9 doesn't work properly with the ADT payroll site that we use, as well as some other commercial sites which are necessary to our business.

    So, how about an alternative that actually works?


    tom
    Thursday, January 12, 2012 5:22 PM
  • I have exactly the same problem. We are using OpenText CMS and it only works using IE8. No other browsers do the job, including IE9.

    The windows disk already includes SP1 and IE9 and hence I can't downgrade to IE8.

    How do I get IE8? I don't want to downgrade to windows XP or vista only to use IE8. Anyone has a solution?


    Andry

    Tuesday, February 07, 2012 2:11 AM
  • Seeing as Microsoft doesn't want us to be able to put the much-better IE8 on our new computers that came with IE9, just do the smart thing and load Firefox.  It's faster and more reliable anyway. Talk about ego... not even giving the option to download 8 for Windows 7!!!

    There are a LOT of websites that will just not work with IE9!

    Tuesday, February 07, 2012 8:38 PM
  • "The Cranium" wrote in message news:6fe0a555-796d-4227-87fb-7303cad806ee...

    Seeing as Microsoft doesn't want us to be able to put the much-better IE8 on our new computers that came with IE9, just do the smart thing and load Firefox.  It's faster and more reliable anyway. Talk about ego... not even giving the option to download 8 for Windows 7!!!

    There are a LOT of websites that will just not work with IE9!

     
     
    Have you tired using Compatibility mode?
     

    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Tuesday, February 07, 2012 8:44 PM
  • Compatability mode?

    I am desperate trying to figure out how to get IE8 working due to our internal applications.  The JS engine in IE9 is miss behaving and IE8 compatibility makes it worst!

    Friday, May 04, 2012 3:58 PM
  • I suggest that you repost your problem in your OWN new thread - with considerably more detail - if you want a sensible response.

    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    Saturday, May 05, 2012 3:57 PM
  • Tom,

    I haven't found a system where I couldn't downgrade IE9 to 8, but based on your situation, an alternative might be to install XP Mode (a virtual PC). XP Mode includes a fully functional Windows XP desktop and running IE6. You should be able to upgrade that browser to IE8. With XP Mode's published applications, you can launch IE8 as an application on your Windows 7 desktop without first launching the XP desktop. It's a lot more work than just downgrading IE9 on the host OS (so I'd recommend you pursue all available options there first), but it will actually allow you to run multiple instances/versions of IE on the same machine.

    More info on XP Mode here.

    I hope that's helpful. Thanks!


    - Greg


    Tuesday, May 29, 2012 6:47 PM
  • thanks so much for this information, This method working to my win 7 operating system

    IT specialist Software | Jabon | Penginapan Murah di Jakarta

    Thursday, June 14, 2012 9:20 AM
  • I did both of these things and neither one worked. I either had no browser or I still had IE9. Any more suggestions?
    Saturday, July 14, 2012 5:26 PM
  • If that's the case, then you didn't Inunstall IE9, you removed it from view - you MUST uninstall it from the Installed Updates listing, NOT from the 'Turn Windows features....', which is what you appear to have been doing.


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    Saturday, July 14, 2012 5:42 PM
  • Hello,

    In my "View Installed Updates", there is no mention of Internet Explorer. There's lots of .NET and Office updates but no IE9!!

    My situation is bad too because I accidentally updated my Internet Explorer 8 to 9... forgetting this might have an impact on my ability to TEST!! I really need IE 8 back asap, any help is appreciated.

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 4:18 PM
  • Hello,

    In my "View Installed Updates", there is no mention of Internet Explorer. There's lots of .NET and Office updates but no IE9!!

    My situation is bad too because I accidentally updated my Internet Explorer 8 to 9... forgetting this might have an impact on my ability to TEST!! I really need IE 8 back asap, any help is appreciated.

    My solution was: Goto  "Turn Windows features on or off" and there I found INternet Explorer 8 with no checkbox beside it. I checked the IE8 box, restarted and voila, I got Internet Explorer 8.

    The big question is, why does Windows 7 install applications differently on different machines? Internet explorer 9 should have showed up in the "Installed Updates" or "Programs and Features" list but was in neither.

    Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:38 AM
  • I am running Win7 SP1, and this useful tip from 'MCCZ' worked like a charm..thanks for posting.

    1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, type Programs and Features in the search box, and then click View installed updates in the left pane.
    2. Under Uninstall an update, scroll down to the Microsoft Windows section.

    3. Right-click Windows Internet Explorer 9, click Uninstall, and then, when prompted, click Yes.

    4. Click one of the following:

      • Restart now (to finish the process of uninstalling Internet Explorer 9 and restore the previous version of Internet Explorer).

      • Restart later

    Note

    Note

    After you uninstall Internet Explorer 9, the previously installed version of Internet Explorer will be available on your PC. It isn't necessary to reinstall.

    Friday, September 28, 2012 5:59 PM
  • This thread is now a full year old - if you are having problems, please start a NEW question detailing them.

    If you are responding to the original question, it's highly unlikely that the OP still has the same problem.


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    Friday, September 28, 2012 6:22 PM
  • you could use the IE9 developer tool 

    It allows to select browser mode: ie 7, ie8, ie9 and also document mode: ie 7, ie8, ie9.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:31 PM
  • These answers are all incorrect.

    Don't try to uninstall IE9.  The current version of IE9 allows you to run in IE8 MODE which will work for special software requiring IE8.  The only problem is that you have to do this every time using F12 or Tools F12 Developer view.  Select IE8 and IE8 document standards. 

    I remember in the past, you could uninstall the update and it would default to IE8 but it doesn't seem to behave that way anymore.

    • Proposed as answer by JennasDad Thursday, January 17, 2013 7:21 AM
    Thursday, January 17, 2013 7:21 AM
  • IE9 can still be uninstalled  - unless it was installed prior to updating with SP1.


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    No - I do not work for Microsoft, or any of its contractors.

    Thursday, January 17, 2013 8:20 AM
  • many thanks , worked a treat ...
    Friday, April 05, 2013 6:47 PM
  • I don't mean to offend you buuuuut....Who uses Internet Explorer...Well....Any version besides IE10?
    Friday, April 05, 2013 9:08 PM
  • Don't try to uninstall IE9.  The current version of IE9 allows you to run in IE8 MODE which will work for special software requiring IE8.  The only problem is that you have to do this every time using F12 or Tools F12 Developer view.  Select IE8 and IE8 document standards. 

    ABOVE SOLUTION WORKED....THANKS....TO ALL..THANKS LOT.....

    Saturday, July 27, 2013 8:44 AM
  • Will this work going from IE 10 back to 8?
    Friday, October 25, 2013 3:12 PM
  • Yes, I just tried it and it works
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:29 AM