How to Uninstall IE11 From Windows 8.1

The Windows 8.1 update forces Internet Explorer 11 to your system. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent this from happening if you use Windows 8.1.

If you are experiencing problems visiting websites or web-applications in IE11 because of compatibility issues, utilize the Compatibility View feature in IE.

If you don’t want IE11 on your system at all, you can uninstall it. Be aware that you cannot use IE10 on Windows 8.1 though. There is no way to make IE10 or lower versions work on Windows 8.1.

To uninstall IE11, follow these steps.

1. Open Control Panel.

2. Select Programs.

3. Select Turn Windows features on or off.

4. Uncheck Internet Explorer 11, then click OK.

Uninstall IE 11

5. Select Yes on the warning about Turning off Internet Explorer 11.

The removal process will start after these steps and you will be prompted to restart the computer. Once restarted, there will be no versions of Internet Explorer installed on the system.

If you ever decide you want IE 11 back on your system, simply access this same screen again and check then box.


  1. Joe says

    As DAN mentioned, this does not actually remove IE from your computer, it is still there, just hidden. At this point the fact that people still use IE really confuses me. Why not just switch to a decent browser like Firefox or Chrome? They work MUCH better than IE in every way conceivable. Microsoft should partner up with Mozilla and make Firefox the default browser on all Windows devices.

  2. Lynda Murphy says

    I’m having terrible problems with my laptop with IE11 and Windows 8.1. I basically can’t use the Internet at all, I just keep getting the message “cannot display this page”. Have tried resetting IE settings, and this works for about 5 minutes, then the problem reoccurs. Am also having big problems with iTunes – not sure if this is related. Should be very grateful for any advice.

  3. Dan says

    This doesnt uninstall it, it just ‘hides’ it … wininet is still broken with IE11 and this process wont fix it.

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