Uninstall Internet Explorer 8

This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 8.

If you're having problems viewing webpages correctly using Internet Explorer 8, try Compatibility View. For more information, see Why don't some websites display correctly in Internet Explorer 8?

To uninstall Internet Explorer 8

  1. Open Programs and Features by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Programs, and then clicking Programs and Features.

  2. In the left pane, click View installed updates.

  3. Select Internet Explorer 8, and then click Uninstall. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to uninstall Internet Explorer 8.

  5. When you're done, restart Windows.


  • If you uninstalled because you had an older version, or Internet Explorer 8 wasn't working correctly, you can reinstall after step 5.

  • If you don't reinstall Internet Explorer 8, your computer will revert to Internet Explorer 7 and the Internet Explorer 7 cumulative updates that were on your computer before installing Internet Explorer 8. Run Windows Update to be sure your computer isn't missing the latest Internet Explorer 7 updates.