Unable to remove Windows 8 from my PC

January 21, 2011 at 12:05:04
Specs: Windows XP, 2.8 GHz / 479 MB
Somehow I Windows 8 has found its way onto my computer but I cannot get rid of it either by my computer> remove programs or by running Glary Utilities. Both ways keep showing errors which prevent it being able to be uninstalled.

I tried to run Spunist.exe but the same thing happened there.

So now I don't know what to do. The last time this happened I got rid of it via Glary Utilities but sadly not this time round. My computer runs on Windows XP.

Hope you can help.
Many thanks

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January 21, 2011 at 12:11:39
I did not think it was in Beta yet...


but if you some how got your hands on one, please send us a copy.

If you truly have Windows 8 then it is not a program but an OS. In order to remove an OS you have to reformat and reinstall your computer which would remove every thing. Are you sure you have Windows 8 or did you mean something else.

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January 21, 2011 at 12:25:38
Sorry I hyave not been clear I meant Windows IE8

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January 21, 2011 at 12:33:50
This is one of Windows Core Programs. To get rid of it you have to turn off Windows Security that will automatically restore it.


I recommend you don't do this. With the autorestore turned off you become susceptible to rootkits. Why do you have to remove it? Just leave it and use Crome or Firefox like the rest of us.

If you want to role it back to IE7 then goto add remove programs -> Check the check box to show updates and remove the update.


Next time try Google it is your friend.

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January 21, 2011 at 13:17:13
I need to remove it because I keep getting a pop up message asking if I want to start using Windows8 which is very annoying. It only gives the option of start now or ask later but not an option for stop appearing every couple of hours. Obviously my pop up blocker is not able to stop a message like this... sadly!

Thanks for your advice

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January 22, 2011 at 16:55:13
If IE 8 has already been installed, you won't be prompted to "Start using IE 8." What exactly is happening?

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January 22, 2011 at 18:24:39
I keep getting a message asking if I want to start using windows ie8 now or later. It was listed on my list of programs in 'add or remove programs' and everytime I tried to remove it the wizard started but then kept sticking at the stage where it is copying files and error messages kept coming up. The exact same thing happened when I tried to run spunist.exe.

Windows ie8 does not appear on the list in 'add or remove programs' now but I keep getting a very annoying message coming up every half hour or so asking if I want to start using windows ie8 now or later. Sadly there is no option to say NO!
The x in the top right does not remove the message either so I have no option but to say 'later' which is presumably why the message keeps popping up.
I have checked my pop up blocker and it is switched on.

All very frustrating!

P.S When I look into 'my computer' then 'C drive' and then 'windows' ie8 is listed there as one of the files but is greyed out. Does this help shed any light on my little problem?

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January 22, 2011 at 19:26:57
Open Internet Explorer. Click on Tool, Internet Options, then the Advanced Tab. Under "Browsing" is an option to check for automatic Browser updates. Uncheck that.

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January 23, 2011 at 03:40:00
I did that but it was already unchecked. Any further ideas?

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January 23, 2011 at 09:28:08
I think your strange error message is causing some confusion. Reference to Windows 8 makes it sound like an operating system (such as Windows 7) and you are using XP. Internet Explorer 8, presumably what it is referring to, is your internet browser. Can you spell out the exact error message you are getting?

To complicate the issue further, spunist.exe is a Windows service pack uninstall and not related to IE particularly.

There is a vague possibility that you have a virus. It might be worth downloading MalwareBytes freebie, installing it, updating it and running it. Sometimes it can unearth things that your normal AV will miss.

We all live on a ball.

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