How To Remove Internet Explorer From Windows

Internet ExplorerWith each new version of Internet Explorer and each new version of Windows, the procedure for removing this browser from the operating system has changed. For example, when Internet Explorer 9 was launched, it was distributed as an update for Windows and you could remove it from the list of installed updates. Today, we have Internet Explorer 11 and removing it involves a very different process. That's why, in this guide, we will share how to remove Internet Explorer, from both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Internet Explorer Cannot Be Found In Programs And Features

We noticed that entry to uninstall Internet Explorer cannot be found by going to "Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features". There you will find all the programs installed in Windows, except Internet Explorer.

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That's because, after the latest versions of Windows and Internet Explorer were made available, Microsoft started to classify this browser as a Windows Feature.

How To Remove Internet Explorer From Windows

First, go to "Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features". Then, in the column on the left, click or tap "Turn Windows features on or off".

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In the Windows Features window, scroll down until you find the entry for Internet Explorer. Uncheck it and press OK.

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You are warned that: "Turning off Internet Explorer might affect other Windows features and programs installed on your computer, including default settings". Click or tap Yes, to continue.

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You are back to the Windows Features window, where the entry for Internet Explorer is unchecked. Press OK.

Windows takes a while to make the necessary changes.

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When done, you are informed that Windows needs to reboot your PC. Close any unsaved work and click or tap Restart now.

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When you log back into Windows, Internet Explorer is removed.

What Happens When Internet Explorer Is Removed?

We made some tests and experiments and this is what we have learned: What Happens When You Remove Internet Explorer from Windows 8.1?. Happy reading!

Have You Removed Internet Explorer From Your Computer?

Before you go, do let us know if this procedure worked well for you. Also, we would like to know why you have removed Internet Explorer and which browser you are using in its place.