How to uninstall Internet Explorer® 8 from Windows® XP or Windows Server® 2003

Solution summary

If you want to remove Internet Explorer 8 from your Windows XP or Windows Server 2008 based computer, then follow the easy 4-step resolution given below to easily uninstall it from your system. Each step is accompanied by an indicative screenshot for ease of mirroring the action.

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Step 2

Open Add or Remove Programs:
Click ‘Start’, click ‘Run’, type ‘appwiz.cpl’, and then click ‘OK’.

Step 3

Remove Internet Explorer® 8:
In the list of currently installed programs, click ‘Windows® Internet Explorer® 8’, and then click on ‘Remove’.

Step 4

Follow onscreen instructions and restart your PC
Follow the onscreen instructions to uninstall ‘Internet Explorer® 8’. Restart your computer after the uninstall program is finished.


You can verify whether your earlier version of Internet Explorer® was restored or not.


Note: You can also run the Microsoft FIX IT Utility to run the following steps.


Known issue: You might receive the following message when you run ‘Fix it’:


A Service Pack or Windows® Update is blocking the ”Fix it” from uninstalling Internet Explorer® 8. This occurs if Internet Explorer® 8 is set as not removable or when you install Internet Explorer® 8 before installing Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows® XP. If this scenario applies to you, then you must uninstall SP3 before you can uninstall Internet Explorer® 8.


You have accessed the Add or Remove programs of your system and have successfully uninstalled Internet Explorer® 8 along with all its components. We recommend that you install a secure web browser on your PC.


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