Can I remove Internet Explorer and use Chrome on Windows 8?

Terry Brock January 23, 2013

I will be getting a new laptop in the next few days with Windows 8 but I don’t want to use Internet Explorer, I prefer chrome. Can I remove Internet Explorer and download Chrome with no problems?

Thanks, Terry

  1. suneo nobi
    February 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    No,because Int Explorer is shipped with windows(inbuilt).It is ntecessary for connecting to the web.But you can use Chrome along with Int Explorer with no problems

  2. Ihtisham ul haq haq
    February 8, 2013 at 5:49 am

    You felt more reliability and ease using chrome than IE.

  3. Switchblade Rebirth
    January 31, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    If by uninstall, no. Just leave it alone and install chrome I suggest.

    January 28, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Hello, you can disablel internet explorer if you like but you do not have too. You can disable it by using the "turn the windows features on/off" located in the Programs and features section.

    You do not have to disable internet explorer in order for you to use a different browser. You can just download your browser of choice an install it. Only thing you have to do is make sure to set your browser of choice as default, that way internet explorer will not open as default.

  5. SoftwareDemons
    January 28, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Of course you can, you can keep both browsers as well and make Chrome as default browser.

  6. babu vhora
    January 27, 2013 at 9:21 am

    No, You can't Remove intenet explorer but you can disable:
    Try this:
    (1)press F1 on desktop
    (2)in search box type"turn windows features on or off"
    (3)click from 1 answer

    read it and follow,you can also any other windows features off.

    You can install chrome on windows 8 and after than you can use it as a default browser and launch it in a windows 8 mode.

  7. Newell Fisk
    January 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    My advice, don't get windows 8... its horrible

  8. Muhammad Ahmad
    January 26, 2013 at 8:02 am

    It's like a hub of answering community. It's like infinite loop of answers even after the issue is resolved. Terry Brock told that his issue is resolved but every one is posting irrelevant answers. Please stop it. I also recommend Terry to mark the question as Solved. Thanks

  9. Thomas Milham
    January 26, 2013 at 12:01 am

    You should never disable IE (not matter how much you hate it) because it is used as a core part in windows, especially Win8 with so much on the framework using IE...

  10. Vhora Rizwan
    January 25, 2013 at 10:21 am

    You can use chrome as a default browser.

  11. Nevzat Akkaya
    January 25, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Personally I wouldn't remove IE, it might be needed some day for proper displaying and using a website. IE 9 still is the most compatible browser with the sites that are prepared for IE 6-7-8 etc. Just install Chrome and set it as default if you prefer it.

  12. Concerned Citizen ?
    January 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    You don't need to remove Windows Explorer. Just install Chrome and you are good to go !

  13. Adriel Tan
    January 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    You can remove IE under control panel -> programs and features and click turn windows features on or off. From there, you can choose to un-check IE and it will uninstall.

    However, I do recommend you keep IE and just set Chrome as your default browser as some applications do require IE. If you are wondering, setting another browser as the default other than IE will disable the metro version of IE (it won't run unless IE is the default browser again). Oh, and the uninstall method works on Windows 7 as well :)

  14. prashanth singh rathore
    January 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    obvious we can do it.......!!

  15. pp potana
    January 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    There is a way for sure.....

  16. Kulwinder Rouri
    January 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    You can't remove IE from Windows, but you can disable it and then you can use Chrome as a default browser.

  17. Yudono Rizky
    January 24, 2013 at 11:06 am

    you could, but it better just turning it off (cause some windows application will affectted by it)

  18. Ashwin Ramesh
    January 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I don't think there is a possibility of uninstalling IE on Windows 8. Even if there is, it might lead to other issues. The best would be for you to download another browser and make that the default one.

  19. Ahmed Khalil
    January 24, 2013 at 8:40 am

    only you can install safari pr any other browser and make it the default browser instead of IE but uninstalling IE is not option

  20. Junil Maharjan
    January 24, 2013 at 3:59 am

    you can just ignore it by just removing it from the start menu and task bar and setting chrome as your default browser. You will never even know IE is there.

  21. Jagbir Sembhi
    January 24, 2013 at 3:06 am

    To remove internet explorer, To uninstall Internet Explorer 8, follow these steps:
    Exit all programs.
    Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    Click Programs and Features.
    In the Task pane, click Turn Windows features on or off.
    In the list of windows features, click to clear the check box next to Internet Explorer 8.
    In the window that opens, click Yes in response to the warning message. The system restarts after Internet Explorer 8 is uninstalled

  22. Ray Randall
    January 24, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Don't try to remove IE. It just makes a mess of things!
    Instead, Install Chrome and make it the default browser. It will ask yo to do that as part of the install

  23. Terry Brock
    January 24, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Hi all I thought this would be the case leave it and ignore it.


    Item resolved

  24. Terry Brock
    January 23, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Thankyou all I assumed this would be the case


  25. José Antonio Estrada Monares
    January 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Removing Internet Explorer it's not possible, but you must use it to download chrome, after that you can set it as default explorer and forget about IE

  26. Mihovil Pletikos
    January 23, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    why remove? just set it as default browser

  27. Kuriakopoulos Marios
    January 23, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    or you can do nothing about IE and just download chrome and make it default browser.

    • Nikos Ios
      January 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      yeah i need to uninstal internet explorer, it can always be an alternative

  28. ramlalit tiwari
    January 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    You cannot uninstall ie but install chrome or firefox and make them default browser..

  29. Sowmya Guru
    January 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Since explorer is a microsoft product you wont be able to uninstall. And it's fair enough. But all you can do is download Google chrome from the explorer and make it your default browser. If you want explorer out of your sight just go to control panel and on the left navigation click Turn off windows features. Uncheck the Internet explorer and reboot. You're job is done.

  30. salim benhouhou
    January 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    yes you can replace IE with any browser you like that is compatible with Windows 8
    all major browsers support win 8 now .

  31. Safvan Vhora
    January 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    no we cant remove internet explorer but u can use crome as a default browser and also into the crome you relaunch as a windows 8 mode.

  32. ha14
    January 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    You cannot uninstall IE since it is a feature in Windows 8, you can turn it On or OFF
    1) open control panel in Windows 8
    2) Go to Programs and features
    3) On the left side choose Turn Windows Feature On or Off
    4) Uncheck Internet Explorer 10, wait the action to be finished and reboot

    • unknown69
      January 31, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Wait I through MS was done with putting crapware in windows, that you can't get rid of without hacking.

      • ha14
        February 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

        Windows is shipped with windows software and true many of these cannot get rid of because windows OS is designed to work with them a skeleton and windows must offer a way to get connected with outside and this will be with IE, prior windows 7 Microsoft used to offer online onecare or check update which could only be done via IE, uninstalling IE is not an option only deactivation is offered.

  33. Anita Cohen-Williams
    January 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm
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