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Downgrade IE8 to IE7, Downgrade Internet Explorer 8 to Internet Explorer 7

Downgrading Internet Explorer 8 Beta is easy to do on Windows XP. You simply need to remove it from Add/Remove Programs via the Control Panel. Follow the directions below to begin and follow through the removal of IE8 Beta.

  1. Open Add/Remove Programs: Open the Control Panel and then double click on “Add and Remove Programs”.
  2. Remove Windows Internet Explorer 8: Scroll down the list of programs until you get to “Windows Internet Explorer 8″ and click the Remove button. The application list with IE8 highlighted is shown in the image below.

    Add and Remove Programs List: Windows Internet Explorer 8

  3. Start Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard: After the Remove button is clicked the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard will open as shown below. Click the Next button.

    Windows Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard 

  4. Review Possible Dependent Programs: If anything has been installed after IE8 there is a possibility these applications might not work properly once IE8 is removed. A list of these items will open in a new Window as shown below and you will need to confirm you are OK with moving forward with the removal.  

    Internet Explorer 8 Dependent Files

    Chances are that all of the applications will still work fine in IE7 and if not they can be removed and then reinstalled to function with Internet Explorer 7 so click the Yes button.

  5. Continue With IE8 Removal: After clicking the Yes button the removal process will continue as shown in the below images.

    Internet Explorer 8: Removal Process Copying Files

    Internet Explorer 8 Removal: Inspecting Configuration

    Internet Explorer 8 Removal: Performing Cleanup

  6. Complete Internet Explorer 8 Removal: The last step in the IE8 removal process will be to restart the computer as shown in the below image. Clicking the Finish button will automatically restart the computer unless you check the “Do Not Restart Now” box. If you check this box IE8 will not be removed until the next reboot.

    Internet Explorer 8 Removal: Restart Now 

  7. Verify IE8 Downgrade: Once the computer has been restarted launch Internet Explorer and make sure that Internet Explorer 8 has been downgraded back to Internet Explorer 7.


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