Downgrade Internet Explorer 10 to Internet Explorer 9

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in Tech Tip | 18 comments

You upgraded to IE10 but have decided to downgrade back to IE9.

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NOTE: Some people have commented that in rare instances that IE10 is removed but IE9 is not installed. So before doing this, be sure to install Chrome or Firefox just in case so you have a web browser with which you can download IE9 or IE10 manually.

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This is done using Programs and Features. I am using Windows 7 for this article.

  1.  Go to the Control Panel.
  2. Click on Programs.
  3. Click on Turn Windows Features On or Off under Programs and Features.
  4. The Windows Features window will appear.
  5. Deselect Internet Explorer 10.
  6. Click Ok.
  7. Windows will roll-back IE10. This may take a few minutes.
  8. Windows will want to restart. Click Restart Later.
Now, we need to uninstall the actual IE10 update.
  1. Go the Control Panel.
  2. Click on Programs.
  3. Click on View Installed Updates.
  4. Click on Windows Internet Explorer 10 and then Uninstall. The uninstall may take several minutes.
  5. Windows will want to restart. Click Restart Now.
You should now be running your previous version of IE.


18 Responses to “Downgrade Internet Explorer 10 to Internet Explorer 9”

  1. This does not work. It kills IE10 but IE9 does not come back. And now you don't have an internet browser so you can even reinstall 10.

  2. Very useful tip indeed. Many Thanks!

  3. Thanks, Dustin. This worked for me and I am now back on IE9, where my autocomplete and forms work properly. I'm not sure why "James" above said IE9 did not come back for him - it did for me, and it still has all my bookmarks, favorites, etc. Excellent advice, and kudos to you!

  4. I had the same problem James did. After the uninstall, I had no IE at all. Because this does appear to happen idiosyncratically to some people, I recommend you alter your instructions to suggest that, before the rollback, the user should install another browser, such as Firefox or Chrome. That way, if IE9 does not reappear, one can do as I did and, using the alternate browser, download IE9 from the Microsoft website.

  5. It says that there is an error that not all of the programs were uninstalled correctly? why???

  6. Instead of Turn features on or off click "view installed updates" and do it from there.This rolls back to IE 9

  7. I did this and everything seemed to work perfect. But now whenever our user clicks on an Internet Explorer shortcut it just spins, until you already have Internet Explorer open or you click on the Internet Explorer icon in the taskbar. Any thoughts as to why IE Shortcuts would stop working after the downgrade? IE9 is set as the default browser and the .url filetype is associated with Microsoft Browser. This IE stuff is really annoying and I wish we could use another browser but we need windows authentication for SSRS.

  8. So simply, thanks!

  9. Thx, help me a lot ;)

  10. It says that there is an error that not all of the programs were uninstalled ?

  11. Very well. It also worked for IE11 downgrade to IE10 and further down to IE9.

  12. tntrockstar says:

    do not have to uninstall from Microsoft Features. Just remove the IE 10 Update.

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