Remove IE10 and IE9 from Windows 7

I recently had an instance where a Windows 7 workstation recently updated itself to Internet Explorer 10 overnight (as its likely to do) and when the client tried the following day to access the Internet using IE10, IE would just spin it’s wheels and never bring up the simplest page,

In another computer with the same problem I was able to uninstall IE10 from the Uninstall Updates in the Programs and Features within the Control Panel section. That resolved that computers IE lockup issue. However when I went to the same area to uninstall IE10, the entire Windows Updates section was missing. I had all the updates from the other products (adobe, office, .NET, etc…), but not the section I needed. So off to the Internet to find the answer.
FYI – just searching for “Uninstall IE10″ or some other variation gives most of the same results. It wasn’t until I searched for “Windows Updates Section missing” that I came across a Microsoft Community thread that had the fix for the uninstalling of IE that I needed.

Here’s the link if your interested…

Right click on Command Prompt and select Run As Administrator

Type the following command

FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-*9.*.mum /c “cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart”

Press enter

Reboot computer

Basically I substituted the version I wanted to uninstall in the command line and it worked flawlessly. Reboot after you run the commmand line and you’ll see the previous version back in play.

I haven’t looked into the rest of the issue of the missing Windows Updates section as I ran out of time that day, but I suspect that the remainder of the thread had the proper fix.

Rename the software distribution folder

FYI – I uninstalled both IE9 and IE10 on the same session, rebooted and Internet Explorer responded with a Welcome to Internet Explorer 8 setup first time screen. I then installed IE9 from a previous download, rebooted again and next IE session was up to IE9. Just where I wanted to be.

Here’s the MS link to download the IE versions you’ll need or want.


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