Can I downgrade Internet Explorer 8 to IE7 on Windows XP?

kantheti suresh babu November 28, 2012

Right now I am trying to downgrade IE8 to IE7 but it is not showing an uninstall option on my laptop. I am using Windows XP SP3. I can see the browser in Add/Remove Programs, it is displaying IE8 but not displaying the button to change or remove the software.


  1. Prashant Mirjankar
    March 11, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Uninstall IE8 and then install IE7

    If you earlier had IE7 and then it got updated to IE8 then simply uninstall the updates or else uninstall IE8 using remove windows components in add or remove programs.

  2. Sravan Kumar
    December 19, 2012 at 9:07 am

    As already mentioned in previous comments, there is a serious security concern with IE7.
    If you need IE7 temporarily to check something specific for IE7, try IE8's Compatibility mode feature and set it for IE7. This way, the webpages will display as how those are displayed in IE7.
    Refer this for compatibility modes:

    If you really wanted to uninstall IE8, try installing IE7 directly.
    If that doesn't work for any reason, try a Uninstaller software.
    I use IOBit's Uninstaller:
    It should work.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Hello why would you want to do that? There are several options for browsers, from mozilla firefox to chrome, to opera, etc. May I ask why you want to go back to older internet explorer version?

  4. Francisco de Gusmão
    December 2, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Don't do that, please... just don't...
    Try another browser, if you're looking for something more lightweight search for it! maybe opera will do the trick...

  5. Félix S. De Jesús
    December 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Uninstalling the IE8, then install the IE7... but remember,you can get some problems. That's why newer versions are better. Maybe you can change your browser. Alters like Chrome or Firefox.

  6. Din One
    December 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    yes uninstall and then install the new one...

  7. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    December 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    For Windows XP platform,just go to add or remove program and find Internet Explorer 8 Beta then remove it.Your IE version will become your previous version that you were using before you upgrade.

  8. Bodi Hemanth
    December 1, 2012 at 8:15 am

    1) open the control pannel and
    2) open add or remove programs
    3)open the 3rd option of left side of the window then deselect the internet explorer from right side objects and click next, follow the onscreen instructions.

  9. Mihovil Pletikos
    November 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    why would you do it? it is unsecure and doesn't follow standards.... but if you really need it uninstall it.... although i would recommmend that you install winxp in virtualbox and run it there...

  10. Raj Sarkar
    November 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Why not try something better like Chrome or Firefox?

    • Muz RC
      November 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      I prefer chrome but for flash content i recommend using firefox for prevent lag situtation...

  11. saad ahmed
    November 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    follow these steps control panel and then open add or remove programs
    2.uninstall ie8 from there
    3.let the windows do the work windows will install ie 7 automatically
    enjoy :)

  12. Brian Gove
    November 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Better install IE9 if you are fan of IE. Ideally download Firefox or as muotechguy said Chrome

  13. ha14
    November 28, 2012 at 9:59 am

    change settings to make hidden system files and folders visible
    1. Click Start, and then click Run.
    2. In the Open box, type Cmd.exe (lauch with administrative rights), and then press ENTER.
    3. 1. Carefully select and then copy the following command:
    4. Press ENTER to uninstall Internet Explorer 8.
    5. When the uninstall program is finished, restart your computer.

    to uninstall Service pack SP3 THEN uninstall ie8?

    Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 8

  14. muotechguy
    November 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Honestly? Doing this opens you up to getting a virus within seconds of just being on the internet. Anything pre-IE9 and you're just inviting the hackers in.

    Please, do yourself a favor and download Chrome.

    • Justin Pot
      November 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Couldn't agree more. Don't use IE7 if it is at all avoidable.

    • Douglas Mutay
      December 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      You're absolutely right. Not only we don't recommend IE anymore but downgrading to an older version is like stepping in a battlefield without an armor... while newest version of IE are still like a pierced armor ;-)

  15. Akshay Jadhav
    November 28, 2012 at 8:45 am

    click on start menu>control panel>Programs N Features> Thn Click On view Installed Updates>Thn Find Ur Program U Want To Downgrade And LFT Click Mouse Button And Uniinstall it..

  16. Dhaval Patel
    November 28, 2012 at 8:09 am

    run the ie 7 setup to automatically uninstall ie 8 and it will install ie 7

  17. d3v1l .
    November 28, 2012 at 7:33 am


    See and follow:
    "How do I uninstall or remove Internet Explorer 8?"

    When you remove Internet Explorer 8, your earlier version of Internet Explorer is restored with your customizations (such as add-ins, Favorites, and your home page).

    Hope this helps

  18. kiran gharat
    November 28, 2012 at 6:53 am

    yes uninstall it and download and install IE7

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