How to Uninstall & Reinstall IE

by Nina Rotz

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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