Friday, January 3, 2014

How to downgrade from IE 11 to lower versions of IEs in Windows 7

(For readers who want to test for various browsers for knowing how the Web page appears in different IE version, strongly suggest you look at here.)

There are a variety of reasons where people wish to downgrade from the latest Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) in Windows 7, maybe to IE 10 or  IE 9. By just simply clicking on the installer of IE 10 or IE 9, you will get the following unintended message:



This is a step-by-step tutorial guide that help you achieve the task of installing a lower version of IE on Windows 7.

1. Go to Programs and Features, by searching it using the start button.



2. In the Program and Features windows, click on Turn on Windows Features on or off link (as shown in blue circle).


3.  A Windows Features windows will show, uncheck the Internet Explorer 11 (as circled).




4. You will get a message prompt as follows,  select Yes.



5. Select View installed update link (as circled)




6. Type in Internet Explorer in the search box, you should get the Internet Explorer 11 in the list


7. Right click the Internet Explorer 11, and click Uninstall

8. It will prompt you to restart the computer, choose Restart now.


9. After restarting, you can check your browser version, by click the About Internet Explorer in the internet explorer.




9. For mine, I see this:




9. If my aim is  IE 10, I have done. But say I wish to go for IE 9, repeat the same process from steps 1, 5, and 6, to come to the following windows, now we remove Windows Internet Explorer 10. (If you have problem finding Windows Internet Explorer 10 here, you should repeat the steps 2, 3 and 4 for IE 10).


10. That's it, after remove IE 10, you should be able to install IE 9 :)


31 comments:

  1. "Internet Explorer 11" is not listed under uninstall an update... do you know how I can go about it in this case? please email me Jennifer@shinhandiausa.com

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    1. If you are installing IE 11 in Win 7, it should be at Program and Features > View Installed Updates

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  2. I have windows 7, and I need to downgrade from IE 11 to IE 9... What am I to do

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  3. Fantastic tutorial thanks! Worked perfectly in windows 7.

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  4. If you dont find the download for IE10 and IE9, then you can check oldapps(dot)com. I searched for a while and then i decided to view the site and then i found it.

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  5. This worked perfectly. Thank you SO MUCH!

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  6. I can't find IE 11 under Program and Features > View Installed Updates, please help.

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  7. I can't find IE 11 under Program and Features > View Installed Updates, please help.

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    1. Check for Updates first and it should be in there

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    2. I have the same problema.
      I cant find IE on the installed updates

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  8. I can't find IE 11 under Program and Features > View Installed Updates, please help.

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  9. Mine went straight from 11 to 8 and I need 10. Can't find the download anywhere. What do I do?

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    1. http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/E/0/CE0AB8AE-E6B7-43F7-9290-F8EB0EA54FB5/IE10-Windows6.1-x64-en-us.exe

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  10. Can't open Turn Windows features on or off

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  11. This works on Windows Server 2008 R2 as well. one thing was I didn't have to disable the feature before downgrade.

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  12. Nice and easy thanks for this Tutorial :)

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  13. I havve tried this and get to the uninstall point but get error msg that IE 11 failed to completely uninstall and when I restart after it says restart I am back to ie 11??? It actually says " An error occurred not all of the features were successfully changed . This occurs when unchecking ie 11 in the steps as you describe

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  14. Thank you for this. This tutorial made my IE downgrade task from IE11 to IE8 very easy. Mine went from IE11 directly to IE8 without passing 10 and 9. After the laptop restart, I wanted to check my IE version but I didn't find the IE from the list of programs. So I went back to Step 3 and found "Internet Explorer 8" available in the list without the check mark. I placed a check mark, restarted the laptop, and voila! I have IE8 now.

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  15. I get to uninstall expoloere 11 but then it says did not completely uninstall and I am back to 11 I can't get rid of the damn thing Help!

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  16. It says not all of the updates were removed????

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  17. Thank you very much, for the step by step instructions. Its very helpful

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  18. Most excellent tutorial, it worked for me. After removing IE11, there wasn't IE10, just nothing, installed IE9. Now my wife can get to her work vacation schedule on a legacy system, thanks.

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