Internet Explorer 11 will come standard with Windows 8.1, but if you’re using Windows 7 or 8, you can also install and use it. If you don’t like the look and feel of IE 11, you can uninstall it, but the steps are a little more complex than the normal uninstall process goes. We’ll show you how to uninstall IE 11 from Windows 7, 8 and 8.1.

Before your uninstall Internet Explorer 11 entirely, we do recommend giving it a shot. There’s been a lot of added features, especially if you’re using Windows 8 or 8.1, that makes it more in line with what the latest version of the OS has to offer. If you’re using IE 11 in Windows 7, you may not get the most out of it because it was designed to work with the Modern layout of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. We still encourage you to try it out, and if not, you’ll be able to rollback to IE 10 with this guide. Internet Explorer 11 brings some great features to users, and it’d be a shame for people to fail to see that.

Uninstall IE 11 from Windows 8 and 8.1

Our guide was written using Windows 8.1, but these steps will work with Windows 8 as well. We’ll show you how to uninstall IE 11 in Windows 7 later in this guide. As always, before making any considerable changes to your PC, you want to backup your files or use a system restore point in case anything goes wrong.

Right-click the “Start Button” and open the “Control Panel.”


If using Windows 8, open the “Control Panel” however you normally would.


Click on “Programs and Features.”


Now, click on “Turn Windows features on or off.”


Once loaded, uncheck the box next to “Internet Explorer 11,” then click “OK.”


A pop-up will appear letting you know that it may affect other programs and apps in Windows 8 or 8.1.


In our experience, it’s just Microsoft being Microsoft and trying to scare you into using IE 11. You can learn more about why they want you to use Internet Explorer 11 by clicking here.

Click “Yes” to uninstall Internet Explorer 11.


It’ll take a few minutes to uninstall IE 11. Make sure you close all programs, processes and save anything you’re working on. This will help speed up the process and making it easier for you, especially on an older computer and should be sage advice whenever you install or uninstall anything in Windows.


When finished, Windows 8 or 8.1 will let you know.

You will need to restart your computer for the uninstall to be complete.

This will remove all traces of Internet Explorer from your PC. You will need to install IE 10 again, from scratch and Microsoft’s website, in order to use IE on your PC.

How to Uninstall Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7

In Windows 7, Internet Explorer 11 can be uninstalled the traditional way. However, instead of leaving you without IE altogether, this actually will roll back to IE 10 for you. This makes it so much easier to go back to IE without worrying about installing it fresh and makes the process overall more fulfilling for Windows 7 users when compared to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Before you continue, make sure to save your data, close all programs and even consider a system restore point should something go wrong.

Open your “Control Panel” however you normally do it.


Go the “Programs” area and click “Uninstall a program.”


Scroll down until you see Internet Explorer 11, then “Right-click” it and click “Uninstall.”

It’ll take a few minutes to uninstall IE 11 when finished, you’ll need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

In Windows 7, instead of losing IE entirely, you’ll be left with Internet Explorer 10 to use.

Now, you’ve successfully removed IE 11 in either Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.


While Internet Explorer is still considered a joke to most Internet users, the improvements made to IE 11 should be given a try by those who scoff at Microsoft’s default browser. Whether you’re a Chrome fan, a Firefox user or a Safari pro, IE 11 is making steps forward to compete with the more popular browsers. If you don’t care to try it, or just don’t like it, uninstalling it completely from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 can be done with this guide. Again, we do encourage you to try out IE 11, especially in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, because it truly does take advantage of what the OS has brought to consumers.

  • anonymous says:

    When trying to install the IE10 after removing IE11 it fails saying that IE10 is already installed. Any further instructions?

    • Are you on Windows 7? IE 10 will be left after removing 11 on Win 7.

      • anonymous says:

        I am on windows 8.1. The above instructions say to install IE10 from Microsoft website after removing IE11.

  • IE 11 does not appear on the list of programs; so, how can it be uninstalled? My web app won’t work with IE 11.

    • Which Windows version are you using? If you are on Windows 8, it won’t appear on the programs list. It has to be uninstalled in a specific way. Please follow the process we outlined above.

      In the case of Windows 7, if you have IE 11 installed – it will show up on the installed programs list. You can just uninstall it like any other program.

      • I have Windows 7 Home Premium. Problem solved. IE 11 is on the list of Windows Updates not the list of installed programs.

        • Glad to know you got it sorted. Thank you for updating us with the correct location of the program.

          • Internet explorer 11 does not show in either the regular programs or the updates. It stinks with Win 7 home premium edition and I really want to remove it….but can’t find it. Can you assist?

          • An alternate option is to try and uninstall Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7 Home Premium is by using the command prompt. Here are the steps in brief:

            1) Open the Command Prompt as an Administrator. (Open the Start Menu, type cmd in the search box, and press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER)

            2) Type in this command carefully as shown below:

            FORFILES /P %WINDIR%servicingPackages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-*11.

            and Press Enter. If you get any prompts, click OK.

            3) When you see the C:Windowssystem32> prompt in the CMD window, it indicates that IE11 has finished uninstalling. Restart the computer to let the changes take effect.

            Let us know if this method works for you. Thanks.

          • Thanks for your reply.

            When I go to the command prompt I’m at: C:USERSRICH>

            Is that where I should be?

            If not, what directory do I go to and how do I do that?

            Since that is where I was, I typed in very carefully the command you noted below and the response was:
            File Name, Directory Name or Volume Label is Incorrect

            I tried it 2 ways….

            1st with a “." (period after *11) as you have below….and then tried it again without the “."
            Same result as above

            I left spaces in the same places you note below such as

            FORFILES /P %WINDIR%servicingPackages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer*11.

            Please advise and thank you again.

  • Chandler Broderick says:

    Why do you want IE at all? There are so many different (and often times better) browsers that are only useless with touchscreens.

  • I use Win 7 Enterprise. I did not find the uninstall option for IE 11 under ‘uninstall program’ or ‘uninstall updates’. Rather it was under the ‘Turn Windows Features On or off’. For those who cannot see IE11 under uninstall programs or updates section, try this option and see if that works.

    • Hatsune Vocaloid Miku says:

      You sir, did not read anything in the article.

  • Hi. I “turned off” IE on my 8.1 but I still have the IE files on my computer’s hard drive. When I tried to delete them it said TrustedInstaller wouldn’t give permission.