How to perform a Windows XP Repair Install if Internet Explorer 7 or 8 Installed

In this blog post I will describe how to perform a Repair Install for Windows XP if Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 is installed.

Uninstall Internet Explorer before performing a Repair Install

One should try to uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 before attempting a repair installation of Windows XP. There are two methods you can use, one is using the Add / Remove Programs applet and the other is using the Recovery Console if you cannot uninstall Internet Explorer by using the Add / Remove Programs applet.

Method One – Add / Remove Programs

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.

    NOTE

    The Add / Remove Programs applet should open.

  4. If Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 is listed then click the Remove button.

Method Two – Recovery Console

  1. Start the computer in the Recovery Console, refer to “How to Start the Windows XP Recovery Console” blog post for instructions.
    • Windows Internet Explorer 8
      1. Type CD ie8\spuninst.
      2. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
      3. Type batch spuninst.txt.
      4. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
    • Windows Internet Explorer 7
      1. Type CD ie7\spuninst.
      2. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
      3. Type batch spuninst.txt.
      4. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  2. Type EXIT on your keyboard to restart the computer.

Uninstalling Internet Explorer if a Repair Install of Windows XP has been Performed

If you have performed a Repair Install for Windows XP and Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 is installed then Internet Explorer may not function or function correctly. You will need to uninstall Internet Explorer using one of the described scenarios.

Check What Service Pack is Installed after a Repair Install

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type winver in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.

    NOTE

    In the About Box, the Service Pack level for Windows XP will be listed. If there is no Service Pack listed then Windows XP has no Service Pack installed.

If Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3 is Installed

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.

    NOTE

    The Add / Remove Programs applet should open.

  4. If Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 is listed then click the Remove button.

    If Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 is not listed in the Add / Remove Programs applet then follow the appropriate directions.

    1. Start the computer in the Recovery Console, refer to “How to Start the Windows XP Recovery Console” blog post for instructions.
      • Windows Internet Explorer 8
        1. Type CD ie8\spuninst.
        2. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
        3. Type batch spuninst.txt.
        4. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
      • Windows Internet Explorer 7
        1. Type CD ie7\spuninst.
        2. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
        3. Type batch spuninst.txt.
        4. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
    2. Type EXIT on your keyboard to restart the computer.

If Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3 is not Installed

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl on your keyboard.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard

    NOTE

    The Add / Remove Programs applet should open.

  4. If Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 is listed then click the Remove button.

    If Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Internet Explorer 8 is not listed in the Add / Remove Programs applet then follow the appropriate directions.

    1. Start the computer in the Recovery Console, refer to “How to Start the Windows XP Recovery Console” blog post for instructions.
      • Windows Internet Explorer 8
        1. Type CD \Windows\ie8\spuninst.
        2. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
        3. Type batch spuninst.txt.
        4. Press ENTER on your keyboard
      • Windows Internet Explorer 7
        1. Type CD \Windows\ie7\spuninst.
        2. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
        3. Type batch spuninst.txt.
        4. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
    2. Type EXIT on your keyboard to restart the computer.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows XP Editions

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How to Uninstall Internet Explorer 8 from Windows XP

You may need to uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 8 from Windows XP for various reasons. In this blog post I will describe how to uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 8 in a few different scenarios.

Add / Remove Method

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.

    NOTE

    The Add / Remove Programs applet should open.

  4. Locate and select Windows Internet Explorer 8.
  5. Click Remove to uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 8.

  6. Click Next in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard window.
  7. Click Finish to restart your computer and complete the uninstall process.

Command Prompt Method

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type %systemroot%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe on your keyboard.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Click Next in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard window.
  5. Click Finish to restart your computer and complete the uninstall process.

System Restore Method

  1. Open System Restore, refer to “How to Restore Windows XP to an Earlier Time with Windows XP System Restore” blog article for directions.
  2. Select Install Windows Internet Explorer 8 in the System Restore windows. Refer to Image below.

  3. Click Next to start the System Restore process.
  4. Click Next to confirm the System Restore point being used and continue the System Restore process.
  5. If the System Restore is successful then a message will indicate System Restore was successful when the computer has restarted.

Safe Mode Method

Add / Remove Method

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.

    NOTE

    The Add / Remove Programs applet should open.

  4. Locate and select Windows Internet Explorer 8.
  5. Click Remove to uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 8.

     

  6. Click Next in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard window.
  7. Click Finish to restart your computer and complete the uninstall process.

Command Prompt Method

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type %systemroot%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe on your keyboard.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Click Next in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard window.
  5. Click Finish to restart your computer and complete the uninstall process.

System Restore Method

  1. Start the computer in Safe Mode, refer to “How to Start Windows XP in Safe Mode” blog article for instructions.
  2. Open System Restore, refer to “How to Restore Windows XP to an Earlier Time with Windows XP System Restore” blog article for directions.
  3. Select Install Windows Internet Explorer 8 in the System Restore windows. Refer to Image below.

  4. Click Next to start the System Restore process.
  5. Click Next to confirm the System Restore point being used and continue the System Restore process.
  6. If the System Restore is successful then a message will indicate System Restore was successful when the computer has restarted.

Recovery Console Method

  1. Boot to the Windows XP Console, refer to “How to Start the Windows XP Recovery Console” blog article for instructions.
  2. At the Recovery Console prompt, type CD ie8\spuninst.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Type batch spuninst.txt.
  5. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  6. Type EXIT on your keyboard to restart the computer.
  7. If you are able to login then proceed with one of the following steps:

Add / Remove Method

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.

    NOTE

    The Add / Remove Programs applet should open.

  4. Locate and select Windows Internet Explorer 8
  5. Click Remove to uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 8.

  6. Click Next in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard window.
  7. Click Finish to restart your computer and complete the uninstall process

Command Prompt Method

  1. Type %systemroot%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe on your keyboard.
  2. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  3. Click Next in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Removal Wizard window.
  4. Click Finish to restart your computer and complete the uninstall process.

System Restore Method

  1. Open System Restore, refer to “How to Restore Windows XP to an Earlier Time with Windows XP System Restore” blog article for directions.
  2. Select Install Windows Internet Explorer 8 in the System Restore windows. Refer to Image below.

  3. Click Next to start the System Restore process.
  4. Click Next to confirm the System Restore point being used and continue the System Restore process.
  5. If the System Restore is successful then a message will indicate System Restore was successful when the computer has restarted.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows XP Editions
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Internet Explorer 8 released today for Windows Vista – March 19, 2009

On Thursday, March 19, 2009, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 on the Download Center Microsoft for Windows Vista.

NOTE

This articles does not show Windows Vista Security Updates. Please review MSFT Security Updates blog category for Windows Vista Security Updates.

How Do I Get Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista

Download Center

  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista, 32-bit versions – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista SP1, 32-bit versions – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista, 64-bit versions – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista SP1, 64-bit versions – Download Now

Internet Explorer 8 Overview, Release Notes, FAQs and System Requirements

Overview

Release Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

System Requirements

Updating your Windows Vista System

Please keep your computer up to date with Critical and Important updates by using the Windows Update feature in Windows Vista (refer to Checking for Updates on Windows Vista Manually blog article for help) or by visiting Microsoft Update. If you experience any problems with Microsoft Security updates then please call Microsoft support for help. There will be no charge for support on Security Updates.

Microsoft has set up newsgroups for self-support. If you need help for Security updates or any other updates that is issued by Microsoft then please visit the Windows Update newsgroup at using your newsreader news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate.

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Internet Explorer 8 released today for Windows XP – March 19, 2009

On Thursday, March 19, 2009, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 on the Download Center Microsoft for Windows XP.

NOTE

This articles does not show Windows XP Security Updates. Please review MSFT Security Updates blog category for Windows XP Security Updates.

How Do I Get Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP

Download Center

  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP SP2 – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP SP3 – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP, 64-bit versions – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP SP2, 64-bit versions – Download Now

Internet Explorer 8 Overview, Release Notes, FAQs and System Requirements

Overview

Release Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

System Requirements

Updating your Windows XP System

Please keep your computer up to date with Critical and Important updates by using the Windows Update feature in Windows XP or by visiting Microsoft Update. If you experience any problems with Microsoft Security updates then please call Microsoft support for help. There will be no charge for support on Security Updates.

Microsoft has set up newsgroups for self-support. If you need help for Security updates or any other updates that is issued by Microsoft then please visit the Windows Update newsgroup at using your newsreader news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate.

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