Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How To Uninstall Internet Explorer 9 Beta

I made a mistake. I should have known better than to install a Microsoft Beta product. I love Microsoft, but their Beta products have some real quirks sometimes (I know....hence the term Beta). I usually wait - never wanting to be first in that arena. However, I decided to take a chance on Internet Explorer 9 Beta. The install SEEMED to go smoothly. The computer restarted, but I would get an error when I tried to use IE9. Every single time I clicked on it, I got the dreaded Windows has an error message and then Windows is checking for a solution message. Over and over. I tried all of the instructions provided by Microsoft to fix it, but I finally decided that I didn't and don't have the time to work through the issues. I need IE for development purposes and it HAS to work for me so I did an uninstall. However, when I went to do my uninstall, I couldn't find IE9! Since anything that is added has to have a way to be removed, I started searching to find it. I did and here is the solution so you won't have to spend as much time as I did.
On Windows 7 here is what you do:
  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Select Programs And Features
  3. In the upper left hand corner, select View Installed Updates
  4. You will be provided with a list of updates, but you will likely not see Windows Internet Explorer 9 clearly in the list
  5. To find Windows Internet Explorer 9, go to the search box in the upper right hand corner and type in Windows Internet Explorer 9
  6. Windows Internet Explorer 9 will magically appear and you should select it and then hit the Uninstall button.
  7. The computer will uninstall the components and then ask you to restart.
  8. Once you restart, you will need to set up some attributes of Internet Explorer 8 again, but you will be rid of Internet Explorer 9 and ready to rock and roll.

Whew....lets not EVER do that again until IE9 is ready - lol!



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