Question by Jay: How can I delete the Internet Explorer web-browser if it isn’t in “add or remove programs”?
I want to to free myself from Internet explorer and stick to firefox but I can’t find a way to delete it.

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Answer by Cory P
It is probably in the Windows Components in the Add/Remove programs. Once in Add/Remove Programs there should be a link on the left for Add/Remove Windows Components. In there there should be a way to uncheck Internet Explorer.

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5 thoughts on “How can I delete the Internet Explorer web-browser if it isn’t in “add or remove programs”?”

  1. It depends on the version of Windows you are using, and the version of IE you have. This should cover most of it:

    If Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Tools is missing from the list of installed programs and you did not delete the uninstall information or install (or reinstall) a Windows 2000 service pack, run Setup.exe from your Internet ExplorerSetup folder. If you are running Windows 2000, run the w2kexcp.exe /u command from your Internet ExplorerIE Uninstall folder. If this does not work, you need to reinstall Windows. For Windows 98 and Windows Me, renaming the Iemigrat.dll file and reinstalling Windows restores the version of Internet Explorer that was included with that version of Windows. For Windows 2000, reinstalling Windows restores the version of Internet Explorer that was included with Windows 2000. For Windows NT 4.0, and other versions of Windows if the above procedures are not successful, reinstall your version of Windows on an empty hard disk. Note that you should reapply any service packs or other patches, updates, or hotfixes after you reinstall Windows.

  2. You can’t delete Internet Explorer. Microsoft embedded it in Windows and it shares a lot of files and functionality with the operating system.

    Go to add/remove programs, windows components, you should see Internet Explorer listed. Uncheck that to remove IE icons and make it not the default browser, but it’s still installed.

    If you don’t see IE there, try Set Program Access and Defaults. In WinXP by default that’s at the top of the Start menu. It’s also in add/remove programs.

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