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How to downgrade from Internet Explorer 9 to Internet Explorer 8


Below are instructions for downgrading from Internet Explorer® 9 to Internet Explorer® 8.


  1. Close all programs, click Start > Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a Program under the Programs category.
  3. Click View installed updates in the task pane on the left.
  4. Locate the update titled Windows Internet Explorer 9, select it and then click Uninstall.
  5. Once the uninstall has completed, reboot the computer. After the reboot, open Internet Explorer and verify the downgrade was successful. Click Help, then About Internet Explorer. The version should display as Internet Explorer 8. 

What's Next

For assistance with downgrading from Internet Explorer 9 to Internet Explorer 8, contact Microsoft® Support at

Technology Affected

Operation Systems

  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Micorsoft Windows 7


  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9


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