Uninstall Internet Explorer from Windows [Practical Guide]

Internet Explorer has always been the point of Microsoft reference for web browsing. However with the passage of time, many other alternatives have arrived online and therefore for many it was no longer necessary to browse through Internet Explorer.

If you also have decided that IE is no longer needed on your PC and you’re wondering how to uninstall Internet Explorer from your Windows PC, you’re at the right place.

I will show you in this guide, all the steps you need to complete to remove Internet Explorer from Windows.

I assure you that the operation is very simple. I also anticipate that the guide you see will be compatible with Windows 10 (Edge the flagship browser, but IE is also used), Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.

I am sure that I will be able to help you solve your problem. Are you ready? Let’s begin!

How to uninstall Internet Explorer from your PC

The latest version available for Windows is Internet Explorer 11. The procedure that I will soon show you was tested on Windows 10.

As I announced earlier on the latest version of the Microsoft operating system the main browser is Edge, however IE was left to be used under certain conditions.

Let’s see what you have to do to uninstall Internet Explorer 11 from Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Start button and type “Apps and features” in the search bar.
  2. Click on Manage optional features and wait for the upload.
  3. Go to Internet Explorer 11, click on the Uninstall item.

You have concluded the procedure. I told you that it was a simple and easy-to-follow guide.

Obviously the procedure is reversible, so in case you want to get the browser back, just run the opposite procedure and you can use it again.

Why delete Internet Explorer?

According to my point of view, especially if you are a user of Windows 10, it is not convenient to delete IE.

There are various reasons, but among all the fact that the old Microsoft browser has been completely replaced by Edge. It only performs special functions, which may be related to business functions or even for the use of old web applications.

If you are creating problems and would like to understand what will happen once you have decided to delete the browser from your PC, I will try to remove all your doubts through this short list.

  • All shortcuts for Internet Explorer will be removed from Windows. If you open an address URL it will open with the main browser.
  • You will no longer be able to use IE to open files in HTML or HTTP or even FTP.
  • Once you remove IE from Windows you can recover some free space on the disk, removing it you should recover about 300 Mb.


I showed you in a simple way how to uninstall Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10.

If you have arrived here, I can recommend one thing, as you have done before. In Windows 10, Internet Explorer is irrelevant, in fact I have not deleted it.

In case there were special conditions that could damage the operation of the PC or other, with this guide and with the three simple steps that I showed you, you will be able to erase it in less than 5 minutes.

Conclude with a last suggestion, I suggest you try the browser from Google, it is also know as Chrome. I know very well that it is very expensive in terms of resources, but it is very fast and supported.

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