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Uninstall Internet Explorer 8

Uninstall Internet Explorer 8

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Fix it Uninstall or remove Internet Explorer 8 - restores your previous version.

Technical details about this Microsoft Fix it solution
Name: Microsoft Fix it 50238
Old Name: Uninstall Internet Explorer 8
Version 1.0.1Automates steps in KB957700.
Additional Information: Localized in 23 languages

Next steps if you just finished running this Fix it solution

  1. Restart your computer to complete the removal of Internet Explorer 8.
  2. To verify that it worked, or for additional help and support, visit our Internet Explorer Solution Center (your version is displayed at top of that page). You can also check your version in Internet Explorer by clicking About Internet Explorer on the Help menu (or press ALT+H+A).

Having a problem running this Fix it solution?

Error message: A Script Required For This Install To Complete Could Not Be Run

Error message: Unexpected error installing this package. The error code is 2738.

Error message: A Service Pack or Windows Update is blocking the "Fix it" from uninstalling Internet Explorer 8.

This occurs if Internet Explorer 8 is not removable. For example, if you install Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP after you install Internet Explorer 8 then you must uninstall SP3 before you can remove Internet Explorer 8. Then reinstall SP3. This extra step is required in order to get SP3 to properly update your previous Internet Explorer files from Windows XP. 

Other things to try if you don't want to uninstall

Try Compatibility View?

Internet Explorer 8 can display a Web site like Internet Explorer 7. Just click the Compatibility View button on the toolbar (to the right of the Web site address).

Compatibility view button

Reset Internet Explorer?

Fix it Reset Internet Explorer settings  

Download the final release?


Technical details about this Microsoft Fix it solution
Name: Uninstall Internet Explorer 8 (Windows Vista, Windows XP)
Version 1.0.0 -
Automates alternative steps that are documented in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 957700.

  • Does not run on Windows 7 beta. In this scenario, you receive:
    "This update does not apply to your system"
  • Does not run if Internet Explorer 8 is not installed .
  • Blocks if a Service Pack or Update restricts IE from being uninstalled
  • Removes two settings left behind after uninstall
  • Prompts for reboot after completion
  • PingBack from

  • These programs are not running or fixing my problems. Internet Explorer running slow and viscous. Sometimes quits. This is a malware on Microsoft products and Windows. Suggest you do something to fix it.

    Robert Baumgartner

  • I cannot play video clips from Internet Explorer

  • IE 8.0: TROUBLE!!!! Cannot click links on pages I need.  Pictures do not show in web pages, tool bar on IE is all black, and Fixit doesn't work on my system,  plus doesn't show up in Add remove programs.


  • omg what is wrong with internet 8 this sucks i cant see xat's and plus cannot see pictres ethier wth !!!!!!!!

  • It seems all I get to do is find the KB article

    which leads you too , guess what, I would set aside 4-6 Hr. to do a 20 Min. job

    " and this too shall pass away " . You wont be around.

        Have faith, look where it's gotten you.

  • I want to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 because it is not compatible to myitlab. Also it will not let me login.

  • norton phishing protection keeps turning off when you opened internet explorer.

  • Installed IE 8 beta on 8th March: Norton 360[2] started 'browser not secured against phishing' every IE run. Installed IE 8 upon release but it doesn't run at all. Tried all methods listed to uninstall but no success whatsoever.

  • wells fargo bank  willnot  work with ie 8

  • "fix It" did not seem to uninstall Explorer 8

    thank you for your attention

  • Simply third class release which refuses to load after install

  • Even with "fix it" I can't uninstall IE8 - I guess because I removed the installation files for IE8 beta, which I installed before.

    Too bad, because I can't play QUAKE LIVE with IE8.

  • Installed IE8 on March 25. Tried all methods listed to uninstall but no success whatsoever, including FixIt. Now IE 7 won't even work so I have no browser at all and I need it for work on Monday (it's Thurs night). IE7 starts with no toolbar or menu bar and immediately crashes. What to do?

  • This wouldn't remove IE8. Just gave me the same type of eror message that I get all the time since downloading IE8. You should have labeled IE8 as beta. I would never have downloaded it if you had.

    I can no longer see anything on the internet that uses flash, not video, not images. The flv files on my computer that I used to play will no longer now.

    Also IE8 is noticably slower than IE7.

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