How do I uninstall or remove Internet Explorer 8?

If Internet Explorer 8 is removed from the system, the previous version of Internet Explorer is reinstated with your required customizations. Internet Explorer 8 is a part of Windows 7. Consequently, if Internet Explorer 8 is taken out, then a third-party browser has to be installed to use internet.

Uninstall Internet Explorer 8 in Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008

If you use this software in your computer, then the following below mentioned steps will help you to uninstall Internet Explorer 8;

  • Type “Cmd.exe” in the search menu.
  • A list of programs will appear on the screen. When you see “Cmd.exe”, right click on it. Now, click “Run as administrator”.(if a password is asked, enter it)
  • Once you right click in the interior area of administrator, a window asking for the command, will open. Paste “FORFILES /P %WINDIR%servicingPackages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-8*.mum /c “cmd /c echo”, in this window.
  • Subsequently, pressing “Enter” will install Internet Explorer 8.
  • Restart the computer to verify.

Uninstall Internet Explorer 8 in Windows XP or Windows Server 2003

If you possess this software, then following the below mentioned steps will uninstall Internet explorer 8:

  • Duplicate the subsequent command;


  • Type “Cmd.exe” in the “Run” section of start menu. Pressing “Enter” will execute the command.
  • Paste “%windir%ie8spuninstspuninst.exe” in the window which will appear once you right click “Cmd.exe” window.
  • Now, pressing “Enter” will uninstall the Explorer 8.
  • Restart your computer to verify this.

Steps subsequent to restarting the computer, after uninstalling Internet Explorer 8

After having followed the above mentioned steps in your specific software, restart your computer. Once the computer is restarted, the below mentioned steps are to be followed:

  • Open Internet Explorer on your computer.
  • Select the “Help” menu. Now locate “About Internet Explorer”. Once located, you should be able to see Internet Explorer 6 or 7 in this dialog box.
  • The presence of Internet Explorer 6 or 7 will verify that Internet Explorer 8 has been uninstalled. (If Internet Explorer 8 is not removed, you will be unable to open Internet Explorer 6 or 7).

Additional Information

Once Internet Explorer 8 is uninstalled, you may observe Application event log errors after every reboot.

To solve this problem, erase the following Internet Explorer User Accelerators and Internet Explorer Machine Accelerators registry keys in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE found in Microsoft Windows section:

  • 7B849a69-220F-451E-B3FE-2CB811AF94AE}
  • {CF7639F3-ABA2-41DB-97F2-81E2C5DBFC5D}

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