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Removing IE9 on New Computers

So, brand new Windows 7 SP1 computers are now arriving with Internet Explorer 9 pre-loaded. Progress, right? Well, there’s nothing wrong with IE9 inherently. However, many websites aren’t ready for it yet, and many big companies suggest you don’t use it yet if you want maximum compatibility. Two of the bigger companies I work with both have corporate websites that aren’t compatible with IE 9 yet.

Usually, you can just uninstall Internet Explorer 9, and then IE 8 will automatically show up. Problem solved.

However, if you go to Add/Remove programs (or, rather, Programs and Features), you’ll find Internet Explorer 9 isn’t listed there. And, if you uncheck it from Windows features, it completely removes IE, and doesn’t roll it back to 8.

Here’s the trick:

Go to Programs and Features. Click the link in the upper left hand corner that says “installed updates.” Internet Explorer 9 is at the bottom of the list. If you remove it from here, it will roll back to IE8.

Remember to prevent IE9 from downloading itself again, or else you’ll be right back where you started in a few days. You can download a tool from Microsoft to prevent it from updating until you’re ready.

Block Internet Explorer 9 Automatic Update