Thursday, March 28, 2013

How to Remove IE10 and Get Back to IE9 on Windows 7

Microsoft has recently released a Windows 7 release preview for IE 10 and somehow it will install in your computer just by magic ??

I say this because several days ago I turned my laptop on and when I clicked the IE icon, there I was with IE 10 release preview in my screen.

Earlier this week, a good friend of mine whom I occasionally help with computer problems, called me for help with problems he had in opening certain files in a Web program from the State government he uses in his business.

I told him to bring the computer to my office. In the process of trying to find out the reason why he could not open those files he works with almost on a daily basis, I discovered that he had  IE 10 release preview in his windows 7 computer, instead of IE 9.

I have heard that more and more people are actually reporting bugs that lead to sluggish performance caused apparently by IE 10 Windows 7 release preview, so I checked, (going to "Help/About Internet Explorer") and sure enough that was the version he had in his computer.

I asked him why had he installed this  upgrade version, he looked at me and said "what is that?  I never did such a thing !!

I immediately thought that his problem was caused by IE 10, because he had never experienced such a thing when he had IE 9.

I decided to remove IE 10 and go back to IE 9 in his computer and guess what? he opened those files without any problem after the change back to IE 9.

For you readers who may suddenly have had  problems with your browser, first check if you are running IE 10:

Click "Help", go down to "About Internet Explorer", click on it and a window opens and tells you which version of IE you are running.

If it is IE 10, go back to good old IE 9. I'll tell you how to do it:

Click  the “Start” button  and type “Programs and Features” in the search box. Click on the “View installed updates” in the left pane of the menu.

Go over to the “Uninstall an update” screen and scroll down to the “Microsoft Windows” section. Then select "Internet Explorer 10" and click “Uninstall.”

It will take several minutes until the uninstall process comes to an end, so avoid stopping or cancelling this process. A reboot of the computer will be necessary to complete the removal of IE 10 and restore IE9.

That's it, do not worry because as I said above, once you reboot the computer after uninstallation of IE 10, IE 9 is automatically restored.

I hope this may help some of you guys and girls.

George Freire

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