How To Uninstall Internet Explorer 9 Beta

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A year after releasing the first preview version of Internet Explorer 9 browser, Microsoft has finally released the final version of Internet Explorer 9 and is now available to download. Internet Explorer 9 comes with enhanced interface, HTML5 support, tracking protection, and hardware accelerated browsing.

This version of Internet Explorer also comes with small but very useful features. It lets you pin your favorite websites to the taskbar, and better management of add-ons.

Internet Explorer 9

Majority of Windows users who have installed Internet Explorer 9 are happy with the improved performance of the browser and new interface. However, a small percentage of Windows users are experiencing variety of issues. If you’re also experiencing any issues after upgrading to Internet Explorer 9, uninstalling Internet Explorer 9 might resolve your browser issues.

Related: Set Google as default search engine in Internet Explorer 9.

Follow the below mentioned steps to uninstall Internet Explorer 9 from your PC and revert to Internet Explorer 8 browser on your Windows 7 and Vista.

Step 1: Open Programs and features window. To open it, type appwiz.cpl in Start menu search area and then hit enter.

Uninstall Internet Explorer 9 Platfrom Preview

Step 2: In the left pane, click View installed updates option to see list of installed updates. Here locate the entry named Windows Internet Explorer 9.

How to uninstall Internet Explorer 9

Step 3: Right-click on the entry and select uninstall to remove Internet Explorer 9  from your PC and revert to Internet Explorer 8.

And if for some reason, the above mentioned guide doesn’t work, check out how to uninstall Internet Explorer from your PC when the standard uninstall procedure doesn’t work.


  1. Eric Chapman says

    seems alot of people are havn trouble finding ie9 under installed updates, it doesn’t show as ie9 just check ur most recent installs around the time that u installed it and u will find it.

  2. Eric Chapman says

    THANKS,THANKS,THANKS!!!! HP customer service was no help at all, you saved me alot of time and energy+money. ie9 was a terrible experience and you taught me how to uninstall it thanks again.

  3. Joe Flood says

    No sign of Internet Explorer 9 in “Installed Updates”. The program is useless – dead slow, jams on every other website and have had to switch to Firefox. At a guess – I would say it has something to do with Java or ActiveX. Give me IE8!

  4. stuppi says

    I installed IE9 successfully. After that I had to restore the system on a point a fortnight earlier because of other updates not working. After system restoring, IE9 does not start any longer.Some programs don’t display (McAfee). Because of the system restoring IE9 doesn’t show up in Installed Updates – so I can’t deinstall it. Trying to reinstall a complete new version is not possible because of the already installed version.
    What can I do??

  5. raju says

    hi , how do i uninstall the IE 9. i can’t find it in updated entries.please send the solution to my mail, thanks for your support.

  6. Rosby says

    Thank you soooo much!!!

    I uninstalled IE9 and reverted back to IE8. Now I’m able to print my Windows Mail messages again. Before I uninstalled IE9, I somehow got a script error line 2107 and wasn’t able to print.

    I’ll be copying this link and re-posting it to help others.

  7. Ron says

    Cathy – it would seem that you don’t. I have the same problem, IE9 is not showing in Installed Updates. I have tried the command line uninstall to no avail too. I have tried it as the admin account and I have tried it in safe mode. Still there. I am stuck with IE9 release candidate too, which I would ignore quite happily but for the fact it keeps NAGGING me that my version is no longer supported and that I should update. Guess what, it won’t update either!
    I fear that the only solution to this problem when the recommended procedure does not apply (not showing in View Installed Updates) is to rebuild. My machine is otherwise stable so I will not do so, rather chalk this up to experience and never install a new version of IE again.

  8. Cathy W says

    I have read all the threads and tried multiple instructions. IE9 is not showing up under installed updates or installed programs. My PC has been VERY unstable with multiple hangups and crashes since I installed IE9 HELP!!!!


  9. Glen Burch says

    I installed IE9 on Jun 8, 2011. The next day I found I no longer had the use of Outlook-2007. After exchanges over several weeks with Microsoft “experts” at their Answers forum (Outlook subdivision), I discovered another forum under their Vista subdivision that indicated there’s a systemic problem with IE9 and Office-2007 Trust Center. Sure enough I tried to access the Trust Center under Excel-2007 and was summarily dispatched away from the menu that included Trust Center. At least I don’t get the “…not responding” message with Excel or Word. So I can’t run Outlook-2007 on my Vista (64-bit) machine. I have tried uninstalling this Update several times and it fails every time. When it attempts to launch Windows after “Configuiring” the Update changes, it aborts and relaunches Windows, recommending to launch in “Starup Repair” mode which System Restores back before the Update changes. I could not get out of IE9, even by restoring back to an April restore point. I tried ripping out some obvious folders manually, but I find IE9 back and functioning when I relaunch Windows. The irony is that I like the brevity of the IE9 launch page and wish I could keep it. But running Outlook-2007 on my little netbook (an XP machine) is too cumbersome, and I would have to take Outlook-2007 over IE9.

    Does anyone have a notion how to disable IE9 without going through the Updates/Uninstall routine, which doesn’t work for me.

    By the way, the Microsoft experts have stopped responding to both my threads on their Answers.Microsoft forum. They don’t have the answers, it seems.



  10. gary griffin sr. says

    absoutly no good.why did yahoo recommend ie9? i think it is a is wrong to keep from going back to vista home premium

  11. Lynn L. says

    I’m late to the party for uninstalling IE9, and still somewhat confused by the Q&A or question & reply process, I did find my answer. Thank you to all who knew/advised those of us who could not find Microsoft Internet Explorer 9(or any other version of IE)in Programs add/remove, to look on the left sidebar for Installed Updates. Thank you, thank you, thank you all. Not only was it as easy as pie to uninstall IE9, IE8 was still sitting there as the previous default program – nothing to do but uninstall IE9. Thanks again to all who TOOK the TIME to continue answering the same question over and over – I wish I knew how to thank you all by name. Dallas, Texas

  12. D burrell says

    I am trying to download adobe flashplayer to accses you tube i cannot uninstall to allow to enable to accses youtube. To upgrade adobe i have problems installing. i have also had problems with blue screen and have had a new website because of problems can you help me please.

  13. Gene says

    I recently updated to IE9, don’t like it……..want IE8 back but I can’t uninstall IE9……this is the procedure I have followed to no avail

    The following instructions apply to both Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
    Click the Start button , type Programs and Features in the search box, and then click View installed updates in the left pane.

    Under Uninstall an update, scroll down to the Microsoft Windows section.

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

    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 (to wait until you shut down or restart your computer).

    There is no Programs and Features search box only Programs, so I can’t type anything in it

    Any advise?


    After you uninstall Internet Explorer 9, the previously installed version of Internet Explorer will be available on your computer. It is not necessary to reinstall.

  14. Derek says

    Another EPIC FAIL from Microsoft. I’m sick of being the beta/bug tester for this multi-billion dollar monopoly. Hey, scam artists, hire more people to check your aweful products prior to unleashing junk on your captive audiences!

  15. Martin says

    Running Vista, SP2.

    I tried the official instructions for uninstalling IE9. I right click on the application in the Uninstall updates window. It prompts me with the confirmation dialogue box. I say “Yes,” and that’s the end of it. Nothing happens. Re-booted. Still there. Went through the documented uninstall instructions again. Nothing.

    Tried two system restores. It’s still there. Can’t use IE at all. It bombs every time.

    Is there a secret, backdoor method for removing this worthless piece of garbage from my PC?

  16. Rob says

    I have IE9 v9.0.8112.16421 installed on my Win 7 computer. It does not show up in the list of installed updates. Under turn on and off windows. There is no IE9. Internet options wont load. Windows update says there is a version of IE9 in important updates that needs to be install. Iv tried 100 times now now luck. Gives error Code 9C48. I used the trouble shooter and it resets some stuff. And it still wont work. I downloaded IE9 offline installer. IT says there is a newer version and wont install. So I tryed the version with bing. IT tells me some files were in use to restart. I do so and still the sane thing. Also when I load IE it loads but hangs and crashes and all sort of things. Also I cannot access the tools or see what version it is. Iv also use programs such as Aida 64 to tell me what version of IE I have. Acourding to them I dont have IE installed at all. And my restore dates are all missing except for the last 3 days. So I cannot restore to a time before IE9. Im begining to think the only way to solve this is to wipe my HDD and do afresh clean install of everything. So let me know out there with all you techs. Can you help me and all the others who have the same problem as me?

  17. verlie burroughs says

    wow! looks like microsoft has a little tweaking to do on internet explorer 9… i downloaded it thinking why not, it’s just another update, big mistake. suddenly my favorites bar was missing! favorites bar is my lifeline, it’s my rolodex of most important web pages, maybe i am stuck in the past, but i am ok with that, I don’t want a new way…dear microsoft, you will never be google, get used to it. I did a system restore, seemed to solve the problem, not sure why its not working for others, good luck with that dudes.

  18. mp says

    thanks for the info, mission accomplished. For those having trouble finding IE 9 in the list of “installed updates”, I didn’t see it at first either, but after the green “bar” at the top finished loading (which took a couple of minutes), I found it and followed the instructions given.

    on a negative note, my “windows updates” keep obnoxiously telling me I need to update to IE 9!! This is a problem.

  19. Dawn says

    I followed your instructions to remove the ie9 update and it has been removed with ie8 listed, however, the format is still ie9 and I can’t get internet explorer to open. The only way I can get ie to open is going through Google. How do I fix that???? What a waste of time this update has caused. I have spent hours trying to solve the ‘issues’!

  20. Crystal says

    Thanks for the instructions on how to uninstall IE9, this update was horrible. I wasn’t able to access a lot of websites that I normally go to when I update to IE9. I didn’t like the fact that the favorites tab was moved and overall it just wasn’t a good update.

  21. Steve says

    I run a website, after I downloaded Explorer9 I managed to get into it, but when I changed information it corrupted one item and completely deleted another. After reading this article I uninstalled Explorer 9 and everything is OK again.
    Thanks for your assistance.

  22. sarah says

    ive tried everything it doesnt show up in uninstall lists, its just no where to be found to remove it, i tried to restore my pc to an earlier point but i cant do that it will wipe the whole system fu*ked and i need this bs to go away…i cant print sh*t i haye the way it functions and im so mad…can anyone help? PLEASE!!!!!??????

  23. Alex says

    IE 9 version 9.0.8112.16421 was uninstalled and now is says 9.0.8080.16413 is what I have, but when I try and start IE, a page flashes and then shuts down. Can not run IE at all. Can not uninstall 9.0.808.16413 as it is not listed in programs or under installed updates. I only know I have it because of this: cmd/K reg query”HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\InternetExplorer”/v Version lists 9.0.8080.16413

  24. John Martin says

    This instruction is rubbish as Windows Internet Explorer 9 does not appear in the list of installed programs even though it is running and causing problems with hyperlinks in Outlook.
    What a load of crap?????

  25. Niteshade says

    To uninstall Internet Explorer

    The following instructions apply to both Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
    Click the Start button , type Programs and Features in the search box, and then click View installed updates in the left pane.

    Under Uninstall an update, scroll down to the Microsoft Windows section.

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

    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 (to wait until you shut down or restart your computer).


    After you uninstall Internet Explorer 9, the previously installed version of Internet Explorer will be available on your computer. It is not necessary to reinstall.

  26. John Tonetti says

    I have Win 7 and IE installed on my computer. I am unable to open search window-ie “Find Files and Folders”- in Works Task launcher. Do you suggerst that I uninstall IE 9 and go back to IE8?

  27. Chuck Flood says

    THANK YOU! for posting this. I installed IE9 yesterday; within a half-hour was disgusted with it and like so many others was searching for how to roll it back to IE8. It’s laughable that Microsoft makes such a big deal of the space-saving they’ve done by combining THEIR toolbar but then they make it impossible to resize or move ANY toolbars – which promptly eats up any soace “saved.” What a joke.

  28. Francois says

    I just installed this worthless piece of crap on a customer’s Windows 7 Ultimate PC. Her online webmail refused to display any email at all, saying she had 0 emails in her Inbox. At a guess I’d say it was a CSS/Javascript issue. Anyway, she screeched and wailed and panicked whilst I chuckled quietly in the background. 20 minutes later and I have uninstalled IE9 using the “Remove installed updates” feature in Windows Update. Rebooted and IE8 and everything else is back up and working.

    This is surely yet another example of shitty shitty shitty Microsoft programming.

    The client’s going back to IE8. She won’t have Firefox on her PC because, and prepare yourselves for some highly technical reasoning, “I don’t get on with it”. So be it, Madame, I’ll just bill you to hell and back :)

    I love Microsoft because without them my invoices would be much, much smaller.


    Peace, everybody

  29. johnnyg says

    Why so many updates Microsoft ? Really getting sick and tired of the updates. Especially when they mess with my settings. So far updates have changed my sound system ,my printer,and today I had to mess around for three hours,with that disgusting IE 9. Most of the updates are the same thing, over and over and over and over again about some unknown BOOGYMAN that can gain access to my computer.

  30. Neal says

    I need uninstall IE9 ( not Beta, full release )and go back to IE8 and maintain my bookmarks. I need to go back to support a weather application which does not support IE9. As well when I look at installed programs it does not show up, nor IE8. I really could use some help.

  31. jerry says

    How do I get rid of IE9 since it doesn’t show up in the list of installed programs on Control Panel/Programs ? It crashes my computer whenever I open it.

  32. Molly says

    I downloaded the Internet explorer 9 and now we can’t uninstall it! but we also can’t get onto the Internet at all?? it keeps saying Internet explorer can’t display the webpage eventhough our Internet connection and signal says very good/strong. Please help I need to go on facebook!

  33. Andrew says

    Where do I start? I have had it so far 2 days and this is what I have experienced. Firstly lost all my bookmarked favorites. Bloody thing freezing up, then slowing down, then turning a tab in the browser into a seperate browser window and removing it from the tab list of the previous window. Automatically closed a tab I was on after using the refresh button as webpage wouldn’t load (happened a few times) In one instance I had 2 tabs open and one of them wouldn’t load properly so I closed it then all the information from the second tab page I closed was superimposed over the first tab. Not to mention it just seems a lot slower. The irony is the website that had advertising about IE9 saying it was optimised for that site now runs laggy and doesn’t always load the pages. Piece of crap – don’t reccommend downloading.

  34. DanD911Phx says

    The instructions here work for removing the RTM version of IE9 on Win7(SP1) 32 bit and reverting to IE8. It is necessary to back out of IE9 to avoid breaking Microsoft SharedView.

  35. Dominique says

    Okay Guys that didn’t work for me But heres what did. And it was Succesful Im so happy.

    1. Go to Control panel
    2.Click on Unistall Programs
    3. Type in the Search box on the TOP RIGHT CORNER “Windows Explorer 9″ It should pop up….
    4. Right Click on it and Then hit Unistall

    This should take a few minutes. A Box will pop up saying that it will restart your computer. And hopefully it will be back to Windows Internet Explorer 8. I worked for me.

    Hoped that helped.

  36. EllJai says

    I’m with those who do NOT have IE9 in their control panel/installed update area. For those who suggested that I downloaded this myself, you are mistaken…it was installed as an update WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE!!! What now??????

  37. Rob Summers says

    I found that once I installed IE 9 I couldn’t open any of my folders. I have uninstalled it now.
    Thanks again

  38. Biff Johnson says

    This is the sight that saved me from I.E. 9 …. Microsoft no wonder your stock price has been garbage for 10 + years… You suck!!!!

    Its real simple to un-install just closely follow the directions.

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