How to downgrade Internet Explorer 10 to 9

Many users have experienced issues using the latest iteration of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 as a result of an upgrade via Windows Updates, and wish to uninstall it or just roll back to Internet Explorer 9.

The usual technique for removing an already installed program would be using the Control Panel, but unfortunately Internet Explorer 10 doesn’t appear as an installed program in the list of installed programs because it is installed via an update. If you look into the section marked Turn Windows features on or off Internet explorer can be found listed there, if you uncheck the option, it will only turn off the browser entirely, which would result in:

leaving you without a browser; so this shouldn’t be done.

Follow these steps below to properly downgrade to IE9; if repeat these steps it will further downgrade to IE8.

Go to the Start menu, and type the command


Open it up; select the View Installed Updates from the left pane. This will show the list of installed updates.

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Now locate the Internet Explorer 10 from the list and click on it. You can search for it by typing explorer as the keyword in the search box on top right. Select it to highligh it, then Click on the Uninstall option from the top of the list, or double-click it.

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Restart your system.

Your Internet Explorer will automatically roll back to Internet Explorer 9.

Alternative Method: Downgrading via Command Prompt

This can also be done via command-prompt

Open up the Command prompt by clicking Start and typing cmd; then choose run as administrator by right clicking the cmd option.


Upon launching the command prompt, insert the following command line

wusa /uninstall /kb:2718695 /quiet /forcerestart

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The whole procedure of uninstalling will run in the background smoothly, and upon uninstalling Internet Explorer 10 successfully, it will automatically restart your system.

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