How to Go Back to a Previous Version of Internet Explorer

While Windows 7 comes preinstalled with Internet Explorer 8 -- certain OEM systems may ship with Internet Explorer 9 or 10 -- you can upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 through automatic or manual updates. To go back to the version of Internet Explorer that the operating system came with, downgrade the application by removing the Internet Explorer 11 update package. You can't, however, go back to a version of Internet Explorer that the operating system didn't originally ship with.

Step

Enter Windows Update into the Start menu, and then press Enter.

The Windows Update Applet opens.
The Windows Update Applet opens.
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Step

Click Installed Updates on the Windows Update applet.

A list of all installed updates opens.
A list of all installed updates opens.
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Step

Select Internet Explorer 11 -- or Internet Explorer 10 or 9, depending on your currently installed version -- from the list of installed updates, and then click Uninstall.

The update uninstaller opens.
The update uninstaller opens.
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Step

Click Yes on the confirmation pop-up box to proceed.

Clicking No closes the uninstaller.
Clicking No closes the uninstaller.
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Step

Select Restart Now to apply the changes. Once Windows 7 restarts, Internet Explorer reverts to the pre-installed version.

Click Restart Later if you want to finalize the changes later.
Click Restart Later if you want to finalize the changes later.
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