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Microsoft publishes a formula to remove Internet Explorer (9, 10 and 11) from Windows

26 mayo, 2021

Microsoft has Posted on MSDN a trick to remove Internet Explorer from the operating system using commands, specifically for versions 9, 10 and 11 of the browser. Although Windows has a graphical mechanism to carry out the same operation, it is still curious that the manufacturer offers this alternative, with the belligerence that it shows when defending its product against the competition.

Microsoft Internet Explorer is a browser that has earned a great dislike in a wide sector of Windows users. Version 6 has been largely to blame, although there are other reasons that I will not go into, because everyone has their own.


Despite all the criticisms made about Internet Explorer, the truth is that in each version it has been surpassed all the way to the most current release, IE-11, which works really well. Regarding your security, remember the Avecto study where it is pointed out that 100% of Internet Explorer vulnerabilities are the consequence of using the browser with accounts that have administrative privileges

As mentioned in the first paragraph, there is the possibility of eliminating Internet Explorer in a simple way, accessing Control Panel » Programs » Enable or disable Windows features.

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Some Windows users, especially non-tech users, are likely to be unaware of this possibility. The trick posted on MSDN is not that it is easier, but it is an alternative. The steps to be carried out are the following:

  • To complete the removal of the browser, you must access the system using the administrator account or one that has the same privileges.
  • Be certain that the browser is not running (close open windows if so).
  • Access the command console. If we don’t have a shortcut at hand, we can search from Start, entering in the search box cmd, and when it appears launch the application.
  • Once there, you have to copy the instructions provided by MSD for each version, paste them in the console window and press the key [ENTER].

Internet Explorer 9:

FORFILES /P %WINDIR%servicingPackages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-9..mum /c "cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /quiet /norestart

Internet Explorer 10:

FORFILES /P %WINDIR%servicingPackages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-10..mum /c "cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /quiet /norestart

Internet Explorer 11:

FORFILES /P %WINDIR%servicingPackages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-11..mum /c "cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /quiet /norestart

  • For the changes to take effect you have to restart the computer.

Personally, I am not in favor of removing an element that is so ingrained from the operating system, even though it can be done. Nor is it ever known if at some point it may be necessary because there are still pages that are made by and for Internet Explorer. However, for those who do not want to see the Microsoft product even in paint, they do not lack means to get rid of it.

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