How to Uninstall Internet Explorer from Windows 7/8/10

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There can’t possibly be any gadget user in this world unknown to the Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer is precisely what the name suggests – a tool to explore the internet.

It started as a paid tool for Windows but later became an asset pre-installed in newer versions. At this point, it is considered a Windows Feature in itself.

As the time passed and newer, better browsers came on the market, Internet Explorer lost its luster and fan base.

Internet Explorer 8
Internet Explorer 8

It is not as fast or efficient as other browsers. On the benchmarks, Internet Explorer surprisingly does very well. However, in practical applications, it just leaves so much utility to be desired.

Even Microsoft has now launched their own Edge Browser, only adding to the fact that Internet Explorer has started to become a relic of the past.

As things are, many users would wish to uninstall Internet Explorer from their Windows. There can be many reasons, for instance, memory constraints or virus issues.

No matter how reliable the reason is, the fact is, uninstalling Internet Explorer is a bit trickier than other applications. Due to its integrity in Microsoft Windows, the general method of uninstalling apps is not applicable for Internet Explorer.

Cheer up! We have brought you a comprehensive guide to help you in this task.

This guide will teach you how to uninstall Internet Explorer in a few easy steps from almost all version of Windows.

Legacy of Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer is a series of web browsers developed by Microsoft in 1995. It was initially a paid application included in the Add-on Package Plus! For Windows 95.  Since birth, Internet Explorer has been surrounded by competition.

During the 1990s, Netscape was the dominant web browser against which Internet Explorer was pitted. To compete with the then-popular Netscape, Microsoft, started adding Internet Explorer for free in the later version of Windows.

Internet Explorer reached a staggering mark of 95% of usage during 2002 and 2003.  It might not be up to par with browser these days, but it was the best you could get at that time, for free.

Back to the present, due to tough competition in the browser market, Internet Explorer has been pushed back by the heavy utility adorned browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.

As proof, the estimate usage rate of Internet Explorer is now 3.88%. A far cry from 95% back in the days. Needless to say, Internet Explorer has outlived its stardom.

Steps to Uninstall Internet Explorer

Windows 7 (or lower)

Till Windows 7, Internet Explorer was like a Windows Update. You could uninstall it like any other update found in the Windows. Make sure to install another browser of your choice beforehand. Aside from Internet Explorer, there is no other option for browsing internet pre-installed till Windows 7.

Here’s how to uninstall Internet Explorer from Windows 7 or lower:

  • Open Control Panel.
  • Open “Programs and Features” or “Programs.”
  • On the left side column of the window, click on “View Installed Updates.”
  • Scroll down and search for Internet Explorer
  • Select Internet Explorer and click on “Uninstall.”
  • Click “OK,” and the uninstall process will begin
  • Restart your computer

Windows 8/8.1/10

After Windows 8, Microsoft now treats Internet Explorer as a Windows Feature and the procedure to uninstall it changes.

Uninstall Internet Explorer

It cannot exactly uninstall. Disabling it will remove any traces of Internet Explorer from your Windows, so it is as good as uninstalling.

The steps to uninstall Internet Explorer are as follows:

  • Open Control Panel.
  • Open “Programs and Features” or “Programs.”
  • On the left side column, click on “Turn Windows Features on or off.”
  • Scroll down and search for Internet Explorer.
  • There should be a check-box with a tick in it.
  • Uncheck the check-box by tapping on it.
  • Ignore the warning prompt stating that it will hinder other features and functions. It is completely safe. Hit “OK”
  • Click on “OK” again.
  • Restart your computer.

Final Words

There we go. Now you know how to uninstall Internet Explorer from any of the Windows version.

We would suggest installing another browser beforehand if you are using Windows 7 or lower or you would lose your only tool for surfing the internet.

Aside from that, go ahead and give it a try!

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