If you’re running Windows 7, below are the steps remove the Internet Explorer 8 (if prefer competitive browsers). This actually takes two reboots and a configuration step to complete. Upon completing the second reboot, you will notice that Internet Explorer 8’s components are actually still in Windows. The major changes will be that IE8 will be missing from “Set Program Defaults,” Windows won’t complain about IE8 being missing, and iexplore.exe will no longer exist underneath the Internet Explorer directory even though the directory and every IE8 dependency therein will still exist.
- Look for “All Control Panel Options”
- Click “Programs and Features”
- In the left sidebar, click “Turn Windows Features On or Off” (you will be thrown a UAC prompt if you elevated UAC)
- Wait for the list to load.
- Look for Internet Explorer 8 in the list and uncheck it.
- Click OK. You will see a prompt notifying you of a reboot.
- The machine will reboot once, configure things, and reboot again.