How to get rid rid of IE7.

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by randwill, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. randwill

    randwill Guest

    As always, with Windows, there are the ways that are listed in Microsoft
    support, which don't work, then there are the secret ways that you can only
    get here. So once again I turn to the secret masters.

    I'm sick of IE7, which is basically a "Send Error Report" generator.

    The 2 phony ways to revert back to IE6 are here:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927177

    Method 1 doesn't work because because instruction "C" is bogus. There is no
    Windows Internet Explorer 7 in the list of programs. Oh, look in Windows
    Components, dummy, you're about to say. Okay. There I see Internet
    Explorer. I see that it contains 0.0 MBs. I click on it and under
    decription it tells me this Adds or removes access to Internet Explorer from
    the Start menu and Desktop. Since I don't want to do that...DEAD END.

    Method 2 doesn't work because Step 2 part "C" is bogus. Doing this gives a
    Run error box which says that this command refers to a location that is
    unavailable, blah, blah, blah.

    So. Time wasted. Thanks MS. What's the REAL way to revert from IE7 back to
    IE6.

    Thanks.
     
    randwill, Dec 13, 2007
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    Leonard Grey Guest

    Leonard Grey, Dec 13, 2007
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  3. randwill

    randwill Guest

    Those are no good either. Somebody just re-typed the same non-working
    instructions from the MS page.

    I'm trying to get back to the page you linked me to but, of course,
    "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage", as usual. So from memory,
    what does it mean when it says, words to the effect, "If this is not
    shown..." meaning the entry for IE7 under Add/Remove. Why wouldn't it be
    shown on my and everybody's computer that is running IE7? Does it's
    appearance in Add/Remove vary by state, or only on certain days of the week?

    Finally, you're telling me that in order to use IE6, a complete re-install
    of WindowsXP is required? You've got to be kidding. Especially considering
    that this version of WindowsXP installed IE7 when I installed it. Do I have
    to go out and purchase an older version of WindowsXP that doesn't contain
    IE7?
     
    randwill, Dec 13, 2007
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  4. randwill

    randwill Guest

    Further reading tells me IE7 may have been loaded onto my system without my
    knowledge overnight before I learned how to stop Automatic Updates and DID
    NOT load as part of the initial install of WindowsXP.

    I still want to get rid of it.

    Since I apparently live in a state where IE7 doesn't show up in Add/Remove,
    lets move on to Method 2. This gives the Run error box which says that -
    the command refers to a location that is unavailable. How do I go about
    making it available?

    Thanks for the help.
     
    randwill, Dec 13, 2007
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    Gordon Guest

    Jumping in, you have looked under WINDOWS Internet Explorer instead of
    MICROSOFT Internet Explorer?
     
    Gordon, Dec 13, 2007
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    Don Varnau Guest

    Hi,
    IE7 is not a "Send Error Report" generator (good phrase though) for most
    users. Have you tried to fix this? Posted the problems? Disabled add-ons?

    Just curious... does this hidden folder exist?
    C:\WINDOWS\ie7? If it exists, what's the version of iexplore.exe?

    Don
    [MS MVP- IE]
     
    Don Varnau, Dec 13, 2007
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  7. randwill

    randwill Guest

    Okay, I'm looking at Add or Remove Programs. It's sorted by Name. Show
    updates is checked. The "Windows" entries include: Windows Internet
    Explorer 7 - Software Updates. Indented below that are 3 Security Updates.
    Next is Windows XP - Software Updates. Below that are 10 of the "KB"
    updates. Those are the only "Windows" titled entries. There are no
    "Microsoft" titled entries. There is no "Internet Explorer" entry.

    What does it mean when a program that I am using, so I know it exists,
    doesn't show up in Add/Remove?
     
    randwill, Dec 13, 2007
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    Gordon Guest


    You said "Windows Internet Explorer" - thats it!
     
    Gordon, Dec 13, 2007
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  9. randwill

    randwill Guest

    No, it looks like this:

    Windows Internet Explorer 7 - Software Updates
    Security Update....
    Security Update....
    Security Update....

    Clicking on either of the 3 Security Updates gives the Remove button over on
    the right but clicking the "Windows Internet Explorer 7 - Software Updates"
    line does nothing. Removing the 3 Security Updates, all added in the last
    few weeks, won't get rid of IE7 will it?

    I found these instructions on a site:

    Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.
    Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer.
    Right-click the Internet Explorer key, click New, and then click DWORD
    value.
    Type InstalledByUser as the name, and then press ENTER to finish creating
    the new registry value.
    Then go to C:\windows click on folder to open then go to
    $NtUninstallie7beta2$ folder then go to spuninst folder there you will see a
    computer icon click it and a window will pop up--say yes and let it do its
    work lol then restart comp. But before you do any of this please download a
    copy of windows ie6 so you can install it just in case your back up is not
    there.

    Me again - but I looked for the folder he mentions, $NtUninstallie7beta2$,
    and I do not have it. Unless that folder is created by the actions given in
    the first steps? Anybody know about this?
     
    randwill, Dec 13, 2007
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    gnetz Guest

    If you have XP just do a system restore from a few days ago. Worked for me.
    Now I'm back to my old faithful IE 6.0+++

    Start Menu/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore
     
    gnetz, Dec 14, 2007
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    randwill Guest

    A search of "ie7" yields the following:

    one non-hidden folder named "ie7 updates"

    six hidden folders, all whose names start with "KB9 and end with "IE7".

    There are also 3 notepads with KB names, 3 thingies named "new_NR_IE7enPNF",
    "NR_IE7en" and "nr_ie7en.PNF" , a general icon named IE7Eula and nine icons
    that look like three pages with a yellow band around them with KB in their
    names and one just named IE7.

    So it sounds like, if Internet Explorer 7 does not show up in Add/Remove and
    I have no folder which contains it, I am somehow using a program which
    doesn't reside on this computer?
     
    randwill, Dec 14, 2007
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  12. randwill

    randwill Guest

    Thanks, but I've been suffering with IE7 for more than a few days.
     
    randwill, Dec 14, 2007
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    PA Bear Guest

    And your Windows version would be...?
     
    PA Bear, Dec 14, 2007
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    randwill Guest

    Found the Internet Explorer folder in the Programs folder (along with the
    Internet Explorer 6 folder). File Version: 7.0.6000.20696.
     
    randwill, Dec 14, 2007
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    randwill Guest

    Windows XP Professional

    Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
     
    randwill, Dec 14, 2007
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    PA Bear Guest

    Uninstalling IE7 (which automatically returns you to IE6)
    http://www.ie-vista.com/kbase2.html
    [ ^^ ignore the reference to vista in the URL ^^ ]

    How to uninstall Internet Explorer 7:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927177

    IE7 (Un)Installation and Anti-Malware Applications:
    http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/10/11/IE7-Installation-and-Anti_2D00_Malware-Applications.aspx

    How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 is
    installed:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917964
     
    PA Bear, Dec 14, 2007
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    gnetz Guest

    like how long? Because you can go back quite a ways and if you have
    installed or upgraded other things you can redo them.
     
    gnetz, Dec 14, 2007
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  18. randwill

    randwill Guest

    Thanks, but as I stated above those two methods do not apply to me because
    Internet Explorer 7 does not show up in the Add or Remove window and running
    the "Spuninst.exe" command gives an error box which tells me that the
    location is unavailable .

    I found these instructions:

    Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.
    Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer.
    Right-click the Internet Explorer key, click New, and then click DWORD
    value.
    Type InstalledByUser as the name, and then press ENTER to finish creating
    the new registry value.
    Then go to C:\windows click on folder to open then go to
    $NtUninstallie7beta2$ folder then go to spuninst folder there you will see a
    computer icon click it and a window will pop up--say yes and let it do its
    work lol then restart comp. But before you do any of this please download a
    copy of windows ie6 so you can install it just in case your back up is not
    there.

    Me again - but I looked for the folder he mentions, $NtUninstallie7beta2$,
    and I do not have it. Unless that folder is created by the actions given in
    the first steps? Anybody know about this or any method for reverting back
    to IE6, or is a complete reinstall of the OS the only option?
     
    randwill, Dec 14, 2007
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    randwill Guest

    No I haven't posted the problems. Here goes:

    Problem is, how do I make IE7 work at least as well as IE6? Basically, I'm
    tired of waiting for the web page to load only to get the "IE cannot display
    the page" message. Can this be fixed? How? (Same pages come up quick and
    easy with Opera and Firefox). Tell me how to fix this and I'll stick with
    IE7.

    Yes, I tried the Disabled add-ons thing. Every time I went to a new page a
    yellow bar popped up at the top telling me I was running without add-ons and
    I had to hit an X to make that go away. Beyond annoying! Besides, I might
    need those add-ons to correctly view stuff on a page.
     
    randwill, Dec 14, 2007
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    Don Varnau Guest

    I asked about C:\WINDOWS\ie7 because installing IE7 would normally have
    placed IE6 there for safekeeping so that IE7 could be uninstalled. If you
    don't have that folder, that suggests that IE6 wasn't previously installed
    and you can't roll back to IE6.
    No, it means that IE7 is an integral part of Windows XP and can't be
    uninstalled.

    Don
    [MS MVP- IE]
     
    Don Varnau, Dec 14, 2007
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