How to uninstall Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 [Guide]

ie-10-logoUsing Windows 7 or 8 but not interested in Internet Explorer 11? This guide will help you remove it. In no time at all you’ll know exactly how you can disable or uninstall it completely from your Windows-based PC.

Before We Begin

It is important to note if you’re running Windows 8/8.1 it is impossible to uninstall Internet Explorer. You can only disable it. You can, however, uninstall Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7.

How to disable Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8/8.1

  • Press the start key on your keyboard and the Windows Modern UI will then appear. Right click and select ‘all apps’. Once in ‘all apps’, search for ‘Control Panel’ and open it.
  • Go to ‘Programs’, then go to ‘Uninstall a program’. Look for ‘Turn Windows features on or off’.
  • Once you’ve clicked ‘Turn Windows features on or off,’ a Window will appear with a massive amount of boxes to check and uncheck.
  • Scroll through the list and find ‘Internet Explorer 11′.
  • Uncheck the check box and select the ‘OK’ button.

Done!

How To Uninstall Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7

  • Open the start button and type ‘Control Panel’ and open it.
  • Select the option to ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located under Programs.
  • Once in ‘Uninstall a program,’ select the option to view installed updates (located in the sidebar on the left side of the window).
  • After clicking the option to view installed updates, you’ll finally be able to uninstall IE 11.
  • Scroll through the list and find Internet Explorer 11 in the list, right click on it and select ‘Uninstall’.
  • Once selecting the option to uninstall IE 11, it will soon be removed from your system.
  • If you’ve changed your mind and want IE back, you can install it again by following this link.

Conclusion

Internet Explorer 11 is a satisfactory browser, but not everyone is keen on using it. Some Windows users don’t like it, and some just plain hate it altogether. With that in mind, it’s nice to know that you have the option to remove software from your PC that you don’t like.

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9 comments

  1. Mohammed Aung Zaw

    Better let the sleeping dog lies even if you don’t use it. Better not to use as well as it is deliberately stayed behind other browsers after an over 1 billion dollars fine by EU Court for monopolizing.
    Besides some program still use on IE , like Nir’s softwares.

  2. Rod Travis

    [@we]

    I was able to remove IE 11 by going to the Control Panel, Windows Update, View Update History and reading the list of updates until I found one that said ” Windows Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 12/13/2013 KB2898785. Then I went back to the Control Panel – Programs & Features, Installed updates- and found Security update for Microsoft Windows KB2898785 and uninstalled that update. Of course your message # will not be the same as mine. When the uninstall was complete it automatically rebooted and came back up with IE 10. Everything is now working great without the constant stopping I experienced with IE 11. Good luck and hope this fixes your problem,

  3. Rod Travis

    I was able to remove IE 11 by going to the Control Panel, Windows Update, View Update History and reading the list of updates until I found one that said ” Windows Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 12/13/2013 KB2898785. Then I went back to the Control Panel – Programs & Features, Installed updates- and found Security update for Microsoft Windows KB2898785 and uninstalled that update. Of course your message # will not be the same as mine. When the uninstall was complete it automatically rebooted and came back up with IE 10. Everything is now working great without the constant stopping I experienced with IE 11. Good luck and hope this fixes your problem,

  4. Charles B. England

    I had been having trouble with YouTube routinely “freezing up” mere moments after I would log-on to it using the recently installed Internet Explorer 11. (I had been having difficulty getting videos TO PLAY, when using FireFox.) I (FINALLY) found a ” ‘help’ forum” from YouTube that said to “disable Adobe Shockwave”; which I did, and that helped the “freezing” problem”; but I would then get a message every time I went to YouTube that told me to “Up-date Adobe”. I FINALLY concluded that my problems had started when I (foolishly) installed “IE 11″; BUT I had difficulty FINDING where to uninstall it (as I see here that has been the case with many other folks).
    ~ The above-mentioned directions on this Page WILL WORK (i.e., > Start Page; > Control Panel; > Programs and Features; > View Installed Up-dates; uninstall the “IE 11″ up-date.) HOWEVER, the “up-date” that installs “IE 11″ ISN`T EXPRESSLY NAMED on that list. On my Windows 7 it is only listed by “the date it was installed”. However, I happened to have made a diary note of when I installed “IE 11″, SO -, I just ventured to “Uninstalled” any up-date from that day. It didn`t appear that they were being uninstalled when I did that procedure; BUT, after I “Restarted” my computer -, “IE 11″ WAS GONE !! .. and YouTube was back to normal.
    ~ I realize that it can be “tricky as Hell” to (somewhat blindly) un-install such up-dates; but if you have a fairly good idea of when you installed “IE 11″, then that procedure WILL WORK.
    ~ Finally: WHY does Microsoft release up-dates BEFORE ALL OF THE “GLITCHES” HAVE BEEN WORKED-OUT ? Why do they (and various websites, as well) not solve any incompatibility problems in-advance of the release of such up-dates ?
    ARRRRR !!

  5. we

    Nope… this won’t work in WIN-7
    You can NOT find IE-11 anywhere once installed. Tried at least 20 different suggestions, nope… it’s not there and causing a lot of issues, wan to get rid of it. Many websites don’t work and ERROR reading pages.

    You can NOT restore to previous point when this was installed is another issue concerning IE-11

    If you have a solution please post, but not the same ones everyone is posting.
    Remember, you can NOT SEE the IE-11 ANYWHERE! Does not show up on any screens or remove screens, ETC

  6. clockmendergb

    windows 8 is not bad but its not what Microsoft wants us to believe it is.

    Its a totally different OS in regards to usage.

    its not immediately intuitive to an old fashioned Windows user.

    The reality is that learning to work with Win 8 is no easier than learning to work with OSX or any of the Linux flavors.

    In my humble opinion it was a bad move.

    They should have allowed the choice of the desktop or the other and left the start menu intact so that business
    as well as us older people could upgrade and benefit from the speedy and more secure best parts of win 8 without having to relearn the OS

    yes I realize you can make it so the desktop loads all the time but its not obvious to the average joe and certainly not good enough for the industrial user that should have moved on from XP by now..
    On the plus side is the fact that its a great touch screen OS

  7. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    [@Darcy] Windows still is fairly user-friendly, if you ask me. Windows 8 isn’t as bad as it is different, which is why people hate it… although it does need quite a bit of work to be user-friendly for traditional mouse and keyboard users.