Remove downloaded IE7?

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Fwall4, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. Fwall4

    Fwall4 Guest

    Fwall4, Nov 11, 2006
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    NetFodder Guest

    Go to add-remove programs and uninstall it.
    NetFodder, Nov 11, 2006
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    Fwall4 Guest

    Hi "NetFodder":
    Thanks for you fast response. I removed IE7 from Add-remove Programs and I'm
    running IE6 again. However, when I check WU for updates I get this message:
    Updates: High Priority (1) Total : 0 KB 0 minutes* (*Downloaded;
    ready to install)
    This tells me that somewhere on my HD this download is waiting to be
    installed ... but where? I would like to delete it and get it off my HD.
    Thanks, Fred
    Fwall4, Nov 11, 2006
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    NetFodder Guest

    I'm working this issue. I'm trying a couple methods. At first I was thinking
    the one that was going to work best was the reg hack for installed updates to
    trick it into thinking it's there but I'm concerned it will allow future ie7
    updates to install with unknown consequences. Now I'm thinking of issolating
    the download directory for the ie7 update and changing the permissions to
    remove all acccess to it so it can't come down and just fails. This still
    leave the WU attempting to do it and generates unneeded network traffic but
    will give me time to find either a better cure or one for that too.
    NetFodder, Nov 11, 2006
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    Dan Guest

    Check in C:\Windows\ SoftwareDistribution\Downloads

    Usually after you have updated the security patches and everything's working
    alright that can be cleaned out. It should be done automatically by Microsoft
    anyway because after a while all those downloaded files can start taking up
    quite a bit of unnecessary space on the hard drive.
    Dan, Nov 11, 2006
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    Fwall4 Guest

    Hi "NetFodder" and Dan:
    Thanks for your replies. This question is for Dan: I appreciate your info
    but I have a little problem in trying to delete the correct file in the
    SoftwareDistribution\Download folder. There are several files listed that
    fall into the timeframe when I downloaded IE7. However, when I check under
    "Properties" neither give me and indication as to what the file actually
    does. The file names are LENGHTY! alpha-numerics that don't tell me what to
    what program they apply. Can you tell me how large the IE7 download file is?
    I show one file that has 15,158KB. Could that one be IE7?
    Thanks, Fred
    Fwall4, Nov 11, 2006
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    Dan Guest

    It might be. The best way to find out is delete everything in that folder
    then go to Windows Update again and see if it's still showing that the IE7
    setup is on your hard drive.
    Dan, Nov 11, 2006
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    Sirc Guest

    I just checked the WU and IE7 was out there, but I there was also a choice
    that says
    "Don't show this update again"
    Sirc, Nov 11, 2006
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    Fwall4 Guest

    Hello Dan:
    I followed your suggestion and deleted all the files and folders in the
    SoftwareDistribution\Download folder and then ran WU again but, alas, no
    change. The message is still there. Now that makes me wonder what purpose do
    all those files in that folder have? If the system runs ok w/o them why store
    them? I find that MS likes to clutter up my hard drive with obsolete und
    unecessary files. Dan can you think of any more suggestions? BTW, there is
    also a "ReportingEvents" file (612 KB) that goes back to August 2005. Can
    this file be safeley deletes as well?
    Thanks, Fred
    Fwall4, Nov 11, 2006
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    Jan Il Guest

    Hi Fwall4 :)

    Go to Start>Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs
    Make sure the box next to the Show Updates is checked at the top of the
    Close and reopen Add/Remove Progarms>scroll down and see if the update is
    listed there. If so, delete it and see if that will work.

    If still no joy, try doing a System Restore to a date prior to installing
    the IE7. Be sure that you have uninstalled the IE7 before doing the System

    Hope this helps.

    Jan :)
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    Jan Il, Nov 11, 2006
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    Dan Guest

    Sometimes Microsoft update will delete those files in the
    SoftwareDistribution\Download folder each time you download more updates and
    sometimes they don't. On my system they almost never do so I do it manually.
    They're not needed anymore once the download is complete and the patches

    Unfortunately I don't know the name of the IE7 setup but you can try using
    the search function (right click My Computer then search) and type in
    setup.exe. Or just type *.exe and see what comes up. Look for anything of
    those that might be IE7. Just temporarily throw it in the trash can but
    don't empty it, or move it aside somewhere then check back at Windows Update
    to see if you got it.
    Dan, Nov 12, 2006
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    Fwall4 Guest

    Hi Sirc and Jan:
    Thanks for your interest in this matter. Sirc, I know how to hide unwanted
    updates but that doesn't remove a downloaded one from my HD. Jan... I tied
    both suggestions... but no luck. Thanks to all.

    Fwall4, Nov 12, 2006
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    NetFodder Guest

    Yeah, I know all the littles, I've been goin in circles trying to find a way
    to do it where it won't cause future problems. The closest I got was diving
    into the edb in the datastore and doing through there. Will keep you posted.
    NetFodder, Nov 12, 2006
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    Fwall4 Guest

    Hi Dan and NetFodder:
    Thanks for all your help and input. After a search for any files containing
    IE7 in the filename I found a few and deleted them. However, a subsequent WU
    still showed the same message. Now here is what I tried: After the update
    search completed telling me that the file was downloaded and ready to install
    I closed my Internet connection and then, with the WU window still active, I
    clicked on "Review and install updates" and nothing happened. One would think
    that if the program had been downloaded it should install regardless of an
    active Internet connection. What do you think? Now I'm not only frustrated
    but also very curious..... }:>]
    Thanks, Fred
    Fwall4, Nov 12, 2006
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    Dan Guest

    It probably depends on how soon you cutoff the internet connection since
    Windows Update can be very slow in responding at times. I wouldn't worry
    about it though, at most if it is on the hd it's only taking up about 15 to
    18mbs of space. Granted I'd want it off myself but the important thing is
    you're back to the better browser IE6. :)

    Dan, Nov 12, 2006
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    Fwall4 Guest

    Hi Dan:
    Thanks for your reply and I do agree with your conclusion. For the time
    being I'm going to stay with IE6 and forget that IE7 may or may not exist on
    my HD. Maybe I gave some of the MS experts something to ponder about? (LOL)
    .... BTW, NetFodder... If you find out anything then I would appreciate your
    reply. Meanwhile, thanks to all who replied to my query even though it may
    have been a little obfuscating.

    Fwall4, Nov 12, 2006
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    Mac7 Guest

    Hi ALL: 2-14-07
    I too have the IE7 Downloaded on my WinXP Home (was Auto Updated mid-January
    2007).....NOT Installed now 'resides' with another 12 Windows
    Updates from last night. I want to keep IE6. What about these other 12
    Updates (Feb. 13/07 WU) "waiting" to be Installed?

    Maybe I can go to the Update center and download the 12 'again' from there,
    then Install the 12 (Feb. 1/07 Updates). Then, maybe I can "ignore" the WU
    gold shield every day reminding me that my IE7 still is not installed. Any
    Many thanks.
    - Mac7

    Mac7, Feb 14, 2007
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    PA Bear Guest

    If you don't want to install IE7 this way (and I would strongly recommend
    that you don't), you'll have to some work to do. Do NOT disable Automatic
    Updates (AU) to avoid installing IE7!

    If the installer for IE7 has already been downloaded by AU, you will need to
    stop the AU service, delete the installer (which also deletes any other
    updates already downloaded but not yet installed), and then restart the AU
    service. Follow these directions:

    1. Start > Run > (type in) services.msc > [OK]

    Scroll down to and right-click on Automatic Updates service > Click Stop
    (Stopping the service will take a moment) > [OK] your way out and close the
    Services window.

    2. Start > Run > (type in) %windir%\SoftwareDistribution > [OK]

    Open the Download folder, delete its contents, then close the folder.

    3. Start > Run > (type in) services.msc > [OK]

    Scroll down to and right-click on Automatic Updates service > Click Start
    (Starting the service will take a moment) > [OK] your way out and close the
    Services window.

    Now immediately go to > Allow the initial
    scan to complete > Select CUSTOM install > Scan again > Uncheck IE7 and
    "hide" it > AU now will not offer you IE7;


    Change your AU settings to Notify Only; When IE7 is offered, decline to
    install it and "hide" it.


    Required reading IMHO before installing IE7:

    Sandi's Installation Tips <= FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO THE LETTER!

    [And I strongly recommend using as the installation source,
    not Automatic/Windows Update.]

    IEBlog : IE7 Installation and Anti-Malware Applications

    What's New in Internet Explorer 7

    Release Notes
    Windows Update-specific newsgroup: microsoft.public.windowsupdate

    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-Windows (IE, OE, Security, Shell/User)

    PA Bear, Feb 14, 2007
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    Mac7 Guest

    To PA Bear....
    Many thanks for your prompt advice I indicated, I like IE6, and
    would prefer to keep it, for now.

    However; (an option), do you feel that if I DO Install my already WU
    Downloaded IE7 (mid-January '07...not yet Installed), then proceed to
    immediately UNINSTALL IE via Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs, and, as
    cited here, my IE6 will be back in business.

    If this 'method' is acknowledged as the most efficient and safe, would you
    recommend that I go that route (instead of your suggestion immediately below)

    Would I, at the same time, also Install my 12 Feb 13th Windows Updates that
    are Downloaded but not yet Installed, and obviousy leave them alone after

    (Regarding your method would I establish if the "Installer for
    IE7 has already been downloaded by AU".....and, how to "Delete" the

    Sorry for the dumb questions.

    Mac7, Feb 14, 2007
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    PA Bear Guest

    (Regarding your method would I establish if the "Installer
    I'd need to know your Automatic Update settings to be able to answer that:
    Is Automatic Updates set to the Notify Only option (you must approve the
    download and the install of all updates) or Download but Do Not Intall? (It
    doesn't sound like Automatic is selected.)

    How to configure and use Automatic Updates in WinXP:

    If the installer for IE7 has already been downloaded, the installers for all
    the other updates have probably been downloaded, too. If you delete the
    Software Distribution folder, you'll be deleting ALL of the installers (You
    can't pick & choose) but AU would then download them again, as needed.

    Personally, I do not recommend installing IE7 via Automatic Updates, at
    least not in conjunction with the install of other updates.

    If all goes well, yes, you should be able to uninstall Windows Internet
    Explorer 7 via Add/Remove Programs and automatically return to IE6...but why
    risk problems?
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-Windows (IE, OE, Security, Shell/User)
    PA Bear, Feb 15, 2007
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