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Uninstall Internet Explorer 7

  Asked By: Angie    Date: Jul 20    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1211

The venerable Web browser continues to evolve. No longer just an application
for displaying HTML, the Web browser now has to handle JavaScript, PHP,
Java, Active X controls, loosely coupled Web services, plug-ins, multimedia,
XML, RSS feeds and more. The Web browser has become an integral part of the
total computer experience. All of those expectations make choosing a
preferred browser more important than many ever thought it would or should

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) and Mozilla Firefox 2 are the latest Web
browser contenders for your attention (apologies to fans of Opera and other
Web browsers, but these are the two that garner the most attention). Many of
us have tried both and made a decision about which is the browser of choice.

If you have chosen Firefox 2, then you may want to uninstall IE7. But this
brings up two questions: Can you uninstall IE7 and if you can how do you do
it? The answers are: Yes, you can and here's how.

Uninstall IE7

If your installation of IE7 was successful and uneventful, then uninstalling
it is relatively simple process. The following steps will uninstall IE7 and
restore IE 6.

1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

2. Click Add or Remove Programs.

3. Scroll down to Windows Internet Explorer 7, click it, and then
click Change/Remove.

If for some reason Windows Internet Explorer 7 does not appear in the Add or
Remove Programs, you should:

1. Open Windows Explorer

2. Click Tools | Folder Options

3. Click the View tab

4. Make sure the radio button next to Show hidden files and folders is

5. Click OK

6. Click Start, and then click Run

7. Type: %windir%\ie7\spuninst\spuninst.exe into the text box and
click Enter

Specified user account

In some cases, you may get an error message when you try to uninstall IE7
that says you cannot uninstall from a specified user account. To get around
this check you will have to edit the Windows Registry.

Warning: Editing the Windows Registry incorrectly can cause the Windows
operating system to stop functioning completely. This is a advanced
operation and you are encouraged to back up the Windows Registry before you
attempt any editing of the file. You have been warned.

Bypass the user account check with this Windows Registry edit:

1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.

2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer.

3. Right-click the Internet Explorer key, click New, and then click
DWORD value.

4. Type InstalledByUser as the name, and then press ENTER to finish
creating the new registry value.

5. Try to uninstall Internet Explorer 7 again.



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