UNINSTALLING INTERNET EXPLORER 7

24. November 2006, 16:50 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Browsers continue to evolve. From an application for displaying HTML, to JavaScript, Java, ActiveX, XML, and more. It has become ubiquitous to modern computer use. This makes it more important than ever that it be a comfortable capable tool.

The recent version of Internet Explorer fixed many flaws in its predecessor. Unfortunately it didn’t fix all of them, and those it did fix came at a hefty price - most noticeable of which is a clumsy, unintuitive, over large and, for all practical purposes, uncustomizeable user interface.

For those who have tried the newest offering from Redmond and been less than impressed and desire to save some disk space and annoyance stress, what follows are steps for its removal.

If your installation of IE7 was successful and uneventful, then uninstalling it is relatively simple. The following steps will uninstall IE7 and restore IE 6.

  • Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  • Click Add or Remove Programs.
  • Scroll down to Windows Internet Explorer 7, click it, and then click Change/Remove.

If for some reason Windows Internet Explorer 7 does not appear in the Add or Remove Programs list:

  • Open Windows Explorer
  • Click Tools | Folder Options
  • Click the View tab
  • Make sure the radio button next to Show hidden files and folders is on
  • Click OK
  • Click Start, and then click Run
  • Type: %windir%\ie7\spuninst\spuninst.exe into the text box and click Enter

In some cases, you may get an error message when trying to uninstall IE7 that says you cannot uninstall from a specified user account. To bypass this check you will have to edit the Windows Registry.

CAUTION — Editing the Windows Registry incorrectly can cause the operating system to stop functioning completely. You are encouraged to back up the Windows Registry before you attempt any editing of the file. You have been warned.

You can bypass the user account check with this Windows Registry edit:

  • Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER
  • LocateHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer
  • Right-click the Internet Explorer key, click New, and then click DWORD value.
  • Type InstalledByUser as the name, and then press ENTER to finish creating the new registry value
  • Try uninstalling Internet Explorer 7 again

Additional assistance to uninstalling Internet Explorer 7 can be found in the IE7 release notes found on the Microsoft Developers Network web site.

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