Downgrading Internet Explorer® 8 to Internet Explorer® 7 on Microsoft® Windows® 7
What are the procedure and common problems that may arise while downgrading to Internet Explorer 7?
In Windows 7 upgrading to a newer version of the Internet Explorer can cause system instability or compatibility issues. If your Internet Explorer 8 makes any problems in your Windows 7 and causes your computer to be unstable, it could be uninstalled. The Internet Explorer 7 and 8 have better security features than Internet Explorer 6 as Internet Explorer 7 comes pre-installed with Windows Vista while Internet Explorer 8 comes pre-installed with Windows 7. If you upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 from Internet Explorer 7, uninstalling Internet Explorer 8 may restore Internet Explorer 7. Before you uninstall the Internet Explorer 8, go to the Microsoft website and download Internet Explorer 7, as well as a third-party browser like Firefox or Opera. You have a backup browser if something goes wrong in downgrading to Internet Explorer 7.
The procedure and common problems that may arise while downgrading to Internet Explorer 7are:
- Dependent Programs might not work
- Uninstall SP3
- Incomplete downgrade issues
- Downgrade IE7 Process
Dependent Programs might not work
After IE8 if anything has been installed there is a possibility for these applications might not work properly once IE8 is removed. List of these items will open in a new Window and you will need to confirm if you are fine with moving forward with the removal. There are Chances that all of the applications will still work fine in IE7 and if not they can be removed and then be reinstalled to function with Internet Explorer 7 so click the "Yes" button.
Also you can downgrade your Internet Explore 8 to 7. If you have installed the IE7 before you installed IE8, uninstalling IE8 would automatically lead to the restoration of the computer to IE7. However, you would need to uninstall SP3 before you can be able to uninstall/reinstall either IE upgrade if IE7 were installed. The IE 8 comes pre-installed with Windows 7.
The Last step in the IE8 removal process will be to restart the computer. By clicking the Finish button, the PC will automatically restart the computer. After the computer has been restarted launch Internet Explorer and make sure that Internet Explorer 8 has been downgraded back to Internet Explorer 7. If the IE8 is not removed it will sometimes lead to error in the downgrading process
You need to remove it from Add/Remove Programs via the Control Panel. First of all close all the programs, and then click on Start, then Settings. Go to the Control Panel and click Uninstall Program, Click on Turn Windows Features On or off. Now uncheck Internet Explorer 8, and then click yes. You just follow the directions given during uninstallation.
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