How to Uninstall IE11 on Windows 7 that restores Previous Version to IE10/IE9/IE8

by Venkat eswarlu on September 20, 2013

in How to,Internet Explorer,tips and tricks

Downgrading to IE10 or IE9 or IE8 from IE11 is easy. Yesterday, Microsoft has released Release Preview for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, this will be last Preview version and final version will be released this fall. If you’ve installed IE11 and don’t like it, and want to revert/go back to previous version, which ever you’re using like IE10 or IE9 or IE8, its damn easy, follow the steps mentioned below.

Before uninstalling IE11, you should know that, like IE9 or IE10, IE11 will  be installed as an update than as a program.

How to downgrade from IE11 to IE10/IE9/IE8 in Windows 7

1. Open Control Panel>Programs and Features>Programs

2.  Click on View installed updates, select Internet Explorer 11 and click Uninstall button

uninstalling Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7 thumb How to Uninstall IE11 on Windows 7 that restores Previous Version to IE10/IE9/IE8

3. Click Yes to Uninstall an update warning and wait for Internet Explorer to get uninstalled.

4.  To complete the uninstall process, restart your computer when Windows prompts.

5. Windows makes requested changes to your computer, after system restart, Internet Explorer previous version will be restored.

If you haven’t found IE11 under Installed updates, then  you can still remove it forcefully using the command prompt, follow the steps below.

Forcefully removing IE11 on Windows 7 through command Prompt

1. Open command prompt as administrator.

2. Copy and paste below command and press enter.

FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-*11.*.mum /c “cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart”

command prompt 1 thumb How to Uninstall IE11 on Windows 7 that restores Previous Version to IE10/IE9/IE8

If you get an error during the process, ignore it by clicking OK. And when the blinking cursor appears next to C:/Windows/System32, restart your computer.

We’ve tested both methods and they successfully restored IE10 from IE11.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Rick November 12, 2013 at 12:20 am

Found out that IE11 is incompatible with Windows 7 which meant I couldn’t view any videos on Bing search. Your method for uninstalling was easy and now things so far are back to normal.


Diya November 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I tried uninstalling IE11 on win7. first time it got uninstalled and restarted my laptop. Again IE11 gets installed due to windows update. :(
Can you please suggest how can I remove it in any other way?


Venkat eswarlu November 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Diya following the instructions in the post uninstall IE11 first, then immediately install IE11 update Blocker toolkit from below link which prevents auto-update of your browser to IE11
Let me know if you’ve any further doubts, happy to help.


Benisa December 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm

“Forcefully removing IE11 on Windows 7 through command Prompt”.
I applied. Successfully completed (IE 11 downgraded to IE 10) W7 professional.
Thank You.


K Provance January 5, 2014 at 10:25 pm

My copy of Win7 came with IE11 installed. There was no uninstall option in the control panel. I used the force uninstall method, which appeared to work. When I attempt to reinstall IE10, the setup tells me it’s already installed and won’t continue, but I assure you, it is NOT installed. No folder, no CP entry. Does the same for the IE9 installed. So I attempted to reinstall IE11, and it tells me a new version is already installed. How is that? No IE is installed. I have to assume there is some registry entry preventing these installations. Any word on this?


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