How to Go Back to a Previous Version of Internet Explorer

By Andrew Meer

If you don't like the feature changes implemented in Internet Explorer 11, go back to the default version of Internet Explorer that Windows 7 came with.

Things You'll Need

  • Current Internet connection
  • Computer
  • Internet Explorer Version 7

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 1

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

The Windows Update Applet opens.

Step 2

Click Installed Updates on the Windows Update applet.

A list of all installed updates opens.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Clicking No closes the uninstaller.

Step 5

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.


To disable Windows Update:

  1. Click Change Settings on the Windows Update applet.
  2. Select Never Check for Updates on the Important Updates pull-down menu.
  3. Click Apply, and then click OK to apply the changes.

However, disabling Windows Update prevents the operating system from receiving the latest security and feature updates. To stay up-to-date while preventing Internet Explorer from upgrading itself, install the Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 blocker toolkits instead.


You can't go back to an earlier version of Internet Explorer on Windows 8 or 8.1. Windows 8 comes with Internet Explorer 10 pre-installed, and doesn't support Internet Explorer 11. Windows 8.1 already comes with Internet Explorer 11 pre-installed, which is the latest version at the time of publication.