Need help getting rid of IE8

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June 9, 2010 at 12:12:12
Specs: Windows XP, intel pentium 4
I am having trouble with internet explorer 8 when i try to download a different internet explorer there is a message telling me that it can not uninstall the version of internet explorer 8 that i have that if i want to install another internet explorer that can not be uninstalled to download the internet explorer that i want to download all i want to do is if i can is to get rid of internet explorer 8 can somebody help me with my problem?

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#1
June 9, 2010 at 13:21:48
control panel /add-remove programs/ is ie8 listed?

control panel /add-remove programs/ windows componets/ internet explorer unchkeck?

restore point to before ie8 was installed?


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#2
June 9, 2010 at 13:23:07
uhm, did you try going to Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs & then uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 8?

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#3
June 9, 2010 at 14:42:16
yes i have tried remove internet explorer 8 through add/ remove programs there is any remove box there i have no idea what to do?

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#4
June 9, 2010 at 14:46:24
If there is no way for me to remove internet explorer 8 is there anyway for me to try to find some way to fix what what is happening with internet explorer 8?

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#5
June 9, 2010 at 14:52:13
have you gone to windows update to see if there is an update?

You don't mention going to windows componets and unchecking ie there


Perhaps going to a restore point before you installed ie8?


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#6
June 9, 2010 at 15:15:25
wanderer i have no idea where windows components is i was just looking for it in control panel there is nothing there?

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#7
June 9, 2010 at 15:47:55
If you are using WinXP you can definately remove IE8. Go to control panel> add/remove programs. Be sure to check the box to "show updates". Look for the listing for Internet Explorer 8 and double click. Then follow the prompts.

Why do you want to remove it?

Try downloading Mozilla FireFox. I am betting you will like it better than IE. No reason to remove IE8 in order to install and use FireFox.


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#8
June 9, 2010 at 17:05:30
Thank you othehill i will try your suggestion i appreciate the help i read on support.microsoft that i need to uninstall wxp sp3 to uninstall internet explorer 8 i bielieve that is true do you know anything about that to help me?

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#9
June 9, 2010 at 17:08:14
do you know if i need to uninstall the updates as well as the winxp sp3 i don't know thank you othehill?

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#10
June 9, 2010 at 17:13:23
I hadn't heard that but below is a link explaining how to perform the operation.

As I suggested above just leave IE8 alone and install Mozilla FF. You won't regret it.

You can customize it as much as you desire. I have IE8 in Windows 7 but never use it.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950719

What is the trouble you are having with IE8 anyway?


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#11
June 9, 2010 at 17:16:51
Thank you i really appreciate the help i realy enjoy using firefox i installed it a few months ago i hope firefox gets better the updates and everything.

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#12
June 9, 2010 at 17:22:17
i read what i sent you a couple of messages ago at support.microsoft.com/kb/950719 the site name is you cnnot uninstall internet explorer 7 and 8.

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#13
June 9, 2010 at 19:00:47
Reread the article. That is the same one I linked above. You can uninstall SP3 then uninstall IE8 then reinstall SP3. At least i think that is what it said, I just skimmed it.

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#14
June 9, 2010 at 20:17:48
Sorry for taking so long responing to your reply i was really bussy i will uninstall sp3 in a few minutes do i need to uninstall the up dates as well please reply back as soon as possible thank you?

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#15
June 10, 2010 at 03:00:20
jacob, there are additional links in the article you and I both linked. Read all of them. There are multiple methods you can use to correct your problem.

You still haven't explained WHY you need to remove IE8.


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#16
June 10, 2010 at 06:11:36
IE8 is listed in Add/Remove as Windows Internet Explorer 8. It's not listed as Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or simply Internet Explorer 8. Make sure you're looking for the correct listing. If it's not listed, try this:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...


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#17
June 10, 2010 at 06:33:03
This is pretty funny. Jacob, IE7 or IE8 are needed in windows. You have to be able to keep all your critical updates up to date to make sure your OS is secure.

Firefox is only an alternative browser with more nags than an old woman.

You are using XP, so I would suggest removing SP3, then reverting to SP2 and then using IE7 (IE8 is too bloated with so-called security and could take up to 5 minutes to open up.) which will be much faster than even firefox plus it is secure at the same time.

Be sure NOT to have your updates set to automatic, instead have them set to notify you of updates. That way you can stop SP3 and IE8 from getting loaded again.
When you have unchecked those 2 and blocked them, you can once again set your PC to receive automatic updates.

Like I said, Firefox is ONLY an alternative browser.

I also use IE8 on windows 7 pro now as it works really fast with that OS.

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#18
June 10, 2010 at 09:16:44
XpUser4Real

I don't believe that Windows Update requires IE for access. . I access updates when using FF.

As far as removing IE8 is concerned I have been encouraging the OP to leave well enough alone and just not use IE8 if they don't like it. Nothing wrong with having a backup browser.

I am not totally sure the OP can actually revert to IE7 or not. At any rate if you are going to use IE at all you may as well get used to IE8 because support for earlier versions has already or will soon be discontinued.

As far as the nags you refer to I have no idea what you are referring to. I am using FF as I type and don't see any nag screens. Maybe you have experienced some malware that you attribute to FF that may not be their fault.


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#19
June 10, 2010 at 09:40:59
'I access updates when using FF'

hmmmm....that's a new one for me. Hard to believe you can get critical updates with FF.

By nag screens I mean when you open FF and it takes forever, then it comes up saying that updates are needed.
Also having to dowload ALL the multi plugins which most are included in IE.
To me, those are nags

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#20
June 10, 2010 at 09:49:47
I haven't seen any nag screens like you describe since first installing FF3.??. Now, if you need add in utilities in order to view certain types of files those types of utilities would be needed for any browser you may use.

I just tried going to the Windows Update site while in FF and connected successfully. I just wanted to verify that it wasn't actually using IE.

My FF opens immediately. I actually have FF set up to look a lot like IE. The difference is in some features that I use that are more cumbersome or not available at all in IE.

All that said, it is still a matter of personal preference. When I first tried FF2 I hated it. Tried it again with the first release of the 3 series and haven't looked back since. Tried Chrome and thought is was junk.


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#21
June 11, 2010 at 07:54:06
I've successfully removed IE8 from a dozen computers without having to remove/reinstall SP3.

id10t


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#22
June 11, 2010 at 09:14:40
Here is an idea...

"I am having trouble with internet explorer 8 when i try to download "

Why not just fix this problem. There is a known bug in I.E.8 that when you first install it, it points all IE8 shortcuts to run without Add-Ons which causes problems when downloading files. Either run IE from the Start -> All Programs menu or remove the shortcut and readd it.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976915


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#23
June 11, 2010 at 11:30:23
Jennifer

According the the MSKB if IE8 was installed BEFORE SP3 then you must uninstall SP3 before you have the option of removing IE8.


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#24
June 11, 2010 at 22:01:27
Sorry i have taken so long replying back i succesfully uninstalled sin xp sp3 and removed internet explorer and reinstalled win xp sp3on thursday eveining the main reason i asked for help with this problem is i had checked my add/remove programs and thought there might have been a problem with my computer about a year ago i needed to replace my mother board and hard drive i really appreciate all the help that i have recieved on computing.net and the other tom's hardware sites?

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#25
June 11, 2010 at 22:14:41
my question that i submitted on june 9 2010 was that i was trying to download a different internet explorer than the internet explorer that i had on my computer at that time i was trying to download and install internet explorer 8 optimized for yahoo that was when i had seen the message i was worried about i do not know that much about computers?

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