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How to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 when it does not appear in the list of installed updates?

To uninstall Internet Explorer 8, follow these steps: (for Windows Vista or for Windows Server 2008)

  • Carefully select and then copy the following command:
  • FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows InternetExplorer-8*.mum /c "cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart"
  • Click Start, and then type Cmd.exe in the Start Search box.
  • In the list of programs, right-click Cmd.exe, and then click Run as administrator. (If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.)
  • Right-click inside the Administrator: Command Prompt window, and then click Paste to paste the command that you copied in step 1.
  • Press ENTER to uninstall Internet Explorer 8.
  • When the uninstall program is finished, restart your computer.

To uninstall Internet Explorer 8, follow these steps: (for Windows XP or for Windows Server 2003)

  • Carefully select and then copy the following command: %windir%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe
  • Click Start, and then click Run.
  • In the Open box, type Cmd.exe, and then press ENTER.
  • Right-click inside the Cmd.exe window, and then click Paste to paste the command that you copied in step 1.
  • Press ENTER to uninstall Internet Explorer 8.
  • When the uninstall program is finished, restart your computer.