How to Uninstall & Reinstall IE

by Nina Rotz
Load bookmarks from other browsers, such as Firefox and Chrome, onto Internet Explorer.

Load bookmarks from other browsers, such as Firefox and Chrome, onto Internet Explorer.

Reinstalling Internet Explorer is a good idea if your web browser has been severely corrupted by spyware or adware. Reinstalling files will provide a new version of Internet Explorer with all the default settings. Before a fresh install can be done, the current version of Internet Explorer has to be removed. The files are available for download from Microsoft.com, and you should have a copy downloaded before attempting to uninstall current Internet Explorer program files.

Download Internet Explorer Setup File

1

Go to www.Microsoft.com.

2

Select "Products" from the menu and click on "Internet Explorer." Find the link under "Most Popular" list of products.

3

Click on "Download Internet Explorer" button. Follow onscreen instructions to download the setup file.

4

Select "Desktop" and your "Download Location," this will make it easy to find the file later for installation purposes.

5

Allow the file to fully download to your "Desktop"; this may take several hours. Do not uninstall existing file until a new setup file download has completed.

Uninstall Existing Internet Explorer

1

Click on "Start" on your computer's task bar (bottom part of the screen). Click on "Control Panel."

2

Double click on "Add/Remove Programs" (in Windows XP) or "Programs and Features" (in Windows Vista).

3

Select "Internet Explorer" from the list of installed programs.

4

Click on "Uninstall" button located at the top of the "Programs" list screen.

5

Confirm you wish to uninstall Internet Explorer. Allow files to uninstall and restart the computer.

Install New Internet Explorer

1

Go to your desktop and located the newly downloaded Internet Explorer file.

2

Unzip setup files if necessary using www.winzip.com

3

Double click on the "Setup.exe" icon.

4

Follow the onscreen instructions to install a new version of Internet Explorer.

5

Restart the computer if prompted. Double-click on "Internet Explorer" icon to confirm the new installation has worked.

Warning

  • close Do not uninstall Internet Explorer without first downloading setup files. If you do not have a web browser, you cannot open Internet webpages. This will make it impossible to download new setup files.

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