Uninstall Internet Explorer 8

Fix itUninstall or remove Internet Explorer 8- restores your previous version.

Technical details about this Microsoft Fix it solution
Name: Microsoft Fix it 50238
Old Name: Uninstall Internet Explorer 8

Version 1.0.1 Automates steps in KB957700.
Additional Information: Localized in 23 languages

Next steps if you just finished running this Fix it solution

  1. Restart your computer to complete the removal of Internet Explorer 8.
  2. To verify that it worked, or for additional help and support, visit our Internet Explorer Solution Center (your version is displayed at top of that page). You can also check your version in Internet Explorer by clicking About Internet Explorer on the Help menu (or press ALT+H+A).

Having a problem running this Fix it solution?

Error message: A Script Required For This Install To Complete Could Not Be Run

Error message: Unexpected error installing this package. The error code is 2738.

Error message: A Service Pack or Windows Update is blocking the "Fix it" from uninstalling Internet Explorer 8.

This occurs if Internet Explorer 8 is not removable. For example, if you install Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP after you install Internet Explorer 8 then you must uninstall SP3 before you can remove Internet Explorer 8. Then reinstall SP3. This extra step is required in order to get SP3 to properly update your previous Internet Explorer files from Windows XP.

Other things to try if you don't want to uninstall

Try Compatibility View?

Internet Explorer 8 can display a Web site like Internet Explorer 7. Just click the Compatibility View button on the toolbar (to the right of the Web site address).

Compatibility view button

Reset Internet Explorer?

Fix itReset Internet Explorer settings

Download the final release?


Technical details about this Microsoft Fix it solution
Name: Uninstall Internet Explorer 8 (Windows Vista, Windows XP)
Version 1.0.0 -
Automates alternative steps that are documented in Microsoft Knowledge Base article957700.

  • Does not run on Windows 7 beta. In this scenario, you receive:
    "This update does not apply to your system"
  • Does not run if Internet Explorer 8 is not installed .
  • Blocks if a Service Pack or Update restricts IE from being uninstalled
  • Removes two settings left behind after uninstall
  • Prompts for reboot after completion