Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 10 Preview for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 yesterday. The new version of the web browser replaces the existing system browser, either Internet Explorer 8 or IE9 when it is installed. Since it is a preview version, it is reasonable to assume that some users install the preview to test the browser on their system. Some may make the decision later on to go back to the previous version of Internet Explorer. Reasons that may lead to the decision include wanting to wait for the final version before upgrading again, or encountering issues with the new browser version.
The preview version of Internet Explorer 10 can be uninstalled just like any other software program on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. When you uninstall Internet Explorer 10 on your system, the browser will be downgraded to the version that was previously installed on it. If you have used Internet Explorer 8 before, that’s the browser that will become available again. If you have updated to Internet Explorer 9 before, that’s the version instead then that’s it the version available on the system after the downgrade.
Follow the instructions below to uninstall Internet Explorer 10 on your system:
- Click on the start button at the lower right on the screen.
- Enter uninstall a program and select the entry under Control Panel in the results listing.
- On the left sidebar, click on View installed updated. This displays all Windows updates installed on the system.
- Locate Windows Internet Explorer 10 under the Microsoft Windows group here.
- Right-click on the entry and select Uninstall from the context menu
- Select yes when the confirmation prompt appears and follow the instructions on the screen.
- You need to restart your system to complete the uninstallation of Internet Explorer 10. Windows will display a prompt to restart right then or at a later point in time.
Internet Explorer 8 or 9 are then again available on the system after you have restarted it once.