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How To Remove Internet Explorer 9

…for some reason should want to uninstall it, you need to know a little trick..

If you read this series, the odds are good you read other tech-type websites as well, and so you probably know that Microsoft is getting a lot of good press over their latest release of their web browser, Internet Explorer 9 (aka “IE9”).. which is still a “beta”. It’s fast!, seems to be a common laud.

As a matter of fact, I mentioned it last week as a Today’s Free Download pick.. which I will repost here, as it includes a mini-review:

Today’s free download: Internet Explorer 9 (beta)
Reviewed by:
Seth Rosenblatt on September 16, 2010

First Take: After several months of teasing Internet Explorer’s upgrade with a series of feature-free developer’s previews, Microsoft has unleashed on the world an Internet Explorer 9 beta (32-bit Windows 7; 64-bit Windows 7; 32-bit Windows Vista; 64-bit Windows Vista) with some impressive new features. Like any properly named beta, though, there are also some bugs to be ironed out.

This is the biggest overhaul to the browser since Internet Explorer 7 landed. The changes to the interface are enormous, the browser’s overall usability has greatly improved, it’s more secure, and it’s significantly faster and more standards compliant.

(Click any of those 4 links to read Seth’s full review.)

Even though Microsoft has been releasing remarkably stable and usable “betas” of late, I have not yet tried IE 9. But if you have, or do, and for some reason should want to un-install it, you need to know a little trick..
[update: I am currently evaluating the IE 9 beta. I will “review” it soon.]

To wit: Microsoft considers IE 7, 8, and 9 to be Updates, and not stand-alone programs.

So, when you open Programs and features in your Control Panel, you will not see Internet Explorer 9 listed in your Installed programs list.

Until you click on the “View installed updates” link in the sidebar (on the left), that is.


Once you do, all the installed Hotfixes, and Updates will be added to the list.

Scroll until you locate IE 9, and then right-click on it, and then click on Uninstall.


Uninstalling IE 9 will revert your machine to the last version of IE you had.

So there you go. Internet Explorer is an Update, not a program.

Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

In case you’re wondering:
… I was quite eager to try out IE 9 – in spite of my reluctance to fool with betas (or, even 1st releases) until I read about the combined address and tab bar. I typically have at least 5 tabs open, and often as many as 10, so I want a separate tabs bar, to avoid “tab crowding”.
(There. Someone at Microsoft will read that, and make the change.)(Because I put it in bold font.)(And my opinion is that powerful.)(Not. But one could hope. Ha!)

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  1. Hey TP,

    Thanks for the info as always; as I clicked the download link last week I wondered; if I change my mind about nine… almost seems to easy to revert back.
    My experience so far with nine: stable, clean layout and “very” quick.




    Comment by Bob Slyker | September 27, 2010 | Reply

    • Bob Slyker,
      The “catchphrases” for IE 9 are “Unlocking the native web” and “Beauty of the web” .. (Microsoft is) emphasizing the rendering of webpages (how they look).

      But what has the online pundits pundit-a-tating positively is the speed.

      .. so.. on a scale of 1 -10, how do you rate it?


      Comment by techpaul | September 27, 2010 | Reply

  2. TP,

    Still an initial experience but I’d have to say 8.5!


    Comment by Bob Slyker | September 27, 2010 | Reply

    • Bob Slyker,
      Say… I may have to get on the stick and give ‘er a spin. 8.5 on a beta.. that’s impressive.

      But I still want a lot of room for my tabs! Hint. Hint.


      Comment by techpaul | September 27, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hey TP,

    Showing more sites on IE9 about:tabs

    Showing more sites on about:tabs

    – Eric Law
    27 Sept. 2010 4:41 PM 4
    By default, IE9 will show 2 rows of your favorite sites on the about:tabs homepage. However, you can customize IE9 to show up to 5 rows with a simple registry modification.

    “Hope you’ll enjoy the IE9 Beta!”




    Comment by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  4. Bob,
    I have edited your comment, so that those who want to see the Regedits need to visit the original site. No way am I showing those to the “average computer user”.

    I appreciate your helpful suggestion, but I don’t think this addresses my plaint of “tab crowding”. I will test it and see…

    [update: I was correct. This does not add tab bars, but rows of thumbnails (of your “favorite” sites) on the page when you first open a new tab.]


    Comment by techpaul | September 30, 2010 | Reply

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    Comment by Jennifer | January 17, 2011 | Reply

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