Step-by-Step Guide to Downgrading from Internet Explorer 10 to 9

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Downgrading Internet Explorer 10 to 9: A Step-by-Step Guide

Understanding the Need for Downgrade

As an expert in tech-related issues and how-to articles, I, Tracy, understand that sometimes newer isn’t always better. There may be specific instances where you need to downgrade from Internet Explorer 10 to Internet Explorer 9. Compatibility with older web applications and intranet sites often drives this need.

Preparation for Downgrading

Before you start the downgrade process, ensure that you:

  • Backup your bookmarks and any saved data.
  • Close all open programs and windows.
  • Ensure that you have administrative access to your computer, as the downgrade process will require it.

Step-by-Step Downgrade Instructions

Here is a detailed guide on how to successfully downgrade your Internet Explorer from version 10 to 9.

Uninstalling Internet Explorer 10

To revert to Internet Explorer 9, you must uninstall Internet Explorer 10. Remember, this process will not remove Internet Explorer entirely from your system; it will merely restore the previous version.

  1. Go to ‘Control Panel’ on your computer.
  2. Select ‘Programs’ and then click on ‘Programs and Features’.
  3. On the left pane, click on ‘View installed updates’.
  4. Search for ‘Windows Internet Explorer 10’ in the list of installed updates.
  5. Click on the Internet Explorer 10 entry and then click on ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Follow the prompts and restart your computer after Internet Explorer 10 is uninstalled.

Verifying the Downgrade

Once your computer restarts, you should have Internet Explorer 9. To verify the downgrade:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the gear icon (Tools) and select ‘About Internet Explorer’.
  3. A window will pop up showing the IE version. Ensure it says version 9.

FAQs on Downgrading Internet Explorer

What happens to my bookmarks and history after downgrading?

Bookmarks and history are typically preserved when downgrading IE. However, it is always recommended to backup any important information before proceeding with system changes.

Will I lose my Internet settings?

Your internet settings should remain intact as these are generally not tied to the version of Internet Explorer you are using.

Can I downgrade Internet Explorer on Windows 8 or 10?

Windows 8 and 10 do not support Internet Explorer 9. These operating systems come with Internet Explorer 11 and Edge, respectively. Downgrading might require the use of a virtual machine or an older version of the Windows operating system.

Final Thoughts

In summary, downgrading from Internet Explorer 10 to 9 is a straightforward process when compatibility issues arise. However, keep in mind that using older versions of Internet browsers may pose security risks. Always ensure that your system is protected with up-to-date antivirus software and consider upgrading your applications whenever possible to support the latest browser versions.

I’m Tracy, and I hope this guide helps you navigate the steps needed to reverse Internet Explorer to a previous version with confidence. Good luck!