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Remove / Uninstall Internet Explorer 8 from your Windows 7 computer

Internet Explorer comes with Windows 7, and fulfills more than one function; aside from being the system's default browser, and an alternate web browser after you've installed Firefox/Chrome/Opera, Internet Explorer is still used behind the scenes to display "web content", or HTML code in general. When you click on a program's help file, for example, the Internet Explorer's "rendering engine" is used to display that content; likewise, some applications rely on the operating system's underlying browser system (Internet Explorer for Windows 7), to display some portions of the application.

Caution: Given what we said above, we don't recommend that you uninstall Internet Explorer from your computer; it is, however, possible, and this tutorial explains how to do it. We assume that you are enough of a "power user" to figure out how to work around the limitations, and downright crippling effect at times, that follow removing IE from your Windows 7 PC.

Tip: since Windows 7 ships with IE8, you need to uninstall it as a program. Since then, Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 9, which is installed as an "update". See this other tutorial to learn how to uninstall IE9 from your computer, a different process altogether.


Delete Internet Explorer from Windows 7

Follow these steps to uninstall IE from your computer:

Re-install Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7

As you may have guessed, the process can be reversed: to re-install Internet Explorer on your computer, simply follow the steps we explained above, but this time check the "Internet Explorer 8" checkbox before clicking on OK to apply the change.

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