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Forum Thread: Removing The 32 Bit Version!

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amazon13 Removing The 32 Bit Version!
Member 11th Aug, 2011 12:52
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I have tried to find the way to remove this version of IE 9.X using PSI, but it only takes me to the uninstall folder where I can't find any version of IE the 32 or the 64 Bit version to uninstall, help!

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Maurice Joyce RE: Removing The 32 Bit Version!
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Last edited on 11th Aug, 2011 16:38
Are U using Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1? Your old threads indicate Vista but please confirm.

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Skylark RE: Removing The 32 Bit Version!
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Last edited on 11th Aug, 2011 18:27
The simplest method is to open "Windows Update" (ignore any updates that may appear, you can get to those after this. Clcik on the "View Installed Updates" (you can't undelete via the normal "Programs and Features" option in the control panel, the look down the list that's shown, looking for the entry that shows the IE9 update. Uninstall IE9 via this entry and the previous IE version will be restored automatically. This should take care of you and the remaining part of my note ignored! ;)

If there is totally NO entry in Installed Updates list for IE9, you're SOL; it may require a complete HDD Image/backup for safety, followed by reinstallation of the opsys then reinstall of the programs, utilities, et al, in your "Program Files" folder found on the root of the HDD you installed the opsys on.

Or, if you've kept regular with keeping your system drive, you merely need to go back to the backup made prior to the installation of IE9. The reason there is no other method to uninstall the newer browsers is entirely necessary, to keep your opsys working properly. Microsoft embedded their newer browsers into the newer versions of Windows and they make it uninstallable. If you were to simply delete the "Internet Explorer" folders (there are more than one), you would quickly find out that your system then starts to act wierd, things happening that you'ld normally never expect a browser to cause. A return to the time before you deleted the folder/files, requires that you have at least a couple of "Recovery" dates to restore your system to the time before you deleted the folder...and, no, the "Recovery" function won't touch the browsers that are embedded; i.e. you simply can't use it to go back to the previous IE. The keyboard shortcut to the "Action Center" would be <Windows Key+Pause/Break key>, then click on the link in the bottom Right corner, called "Recovery". Or, hit your <Windows Key> click on "Control Panel," then click on "Action Center" and click on "Recovery" same as before.

There would be a few other things that could be tried, but stick with the above for now. The other things would be very time-intensive and unless your very expirienced, would probably be a waste of time...but, maybe not.

GOOD LUCK! Hope this helps!
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ddmarshall RE: Removing The 32 Bit Version!
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I'm not sure exactly what you are trying to do, but you cannot just uninstall the 32bit version on a 64bit system. See:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ieinternals/archive/2009/0...

If you want to uninstall Internet Explorer 9, follow the instructions here:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/how-do...

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amazon13 RE: Removing The 32 Bit Version!
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Vista SP2

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Maurice Joyce RE: Removing The 32 Bit Version!
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@Amazon,
Looks like U have assistance. I will unsubscribe to protect my mail box.

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