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January 4, 2007 2:53 PM   Subscribe

IE Update Filter. Help Needed ASAP

My boss had his PC set to automatically updated IE without asking, and it did. And now he wants it back to the most recent version, not the new tabbed version that's been appearing since it updated.

I've spoken with a few computer geeks and they say it's next to impossible to revert back to the old version. Tell me, MiFi, is this so?

Is there anything I can do to get things back the way they were prior to the update?
posted by SoftSummerBreeze to Computers & Internet (10 answers total)
From Microsoft page:

To uninstall Internet Explorer 7 to return to Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP

1. Click "Start," and then click "Control Panel."
2. Click "Add or Remove Programs."
3. Check "Show Updates" at the top of the dialog box.
4. Scroll down the list and highlight the version of Internet Explorer 7 that you are running, and then click "Change/Remove." (If you are running Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview — March 20 or later, it is not necessary to check "Show Updates.")
5. Go here and select the appropriate version of Internet Explorer 7 for your operating system.
posted by gfrobe at 2:59 PM on January 4, 2007

gfrobe has got it down exactly. The geeks you spoke to don't know what they're talking about, methinks.

And even if gfrobe's solution wasn't a possibility, for whatever bizarre reason, there's always the possibility of using System Restore, which is built into WinXP's and which allows you to revert back to the system you were running before any changes were made, assuming your boss had it turned on (which it is by default). Some people like to turn it off, but I find it handy to have around.
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:17 PM on January 4, 2007

I'm a geek, and I tried exactly what Microsoft says - I still couldn't get it off one computer. Those geeks might have known a teeny bit...
posted by jesirose at 4:46 PM on January 4, 2007

Oh! They're probably saying that because they don't WANT him to revert. IE 7 is actually a lot better - he can turn off the tabs if that's what bugs him.

IE is slightly safer, offers PNG support...most geeks would tell him to just keep it (Well, they'd probably tell him to switch to Firefox or Opera, but you know.)
posted by jesirose at 4:47 PM on January 4, 2007

If the removal fails, you can always download the standalone version of IE 6 for him - it's the last link ("") on this page.

Just unzip to a folder and double-click the icon to run it. You could even replace the shortcuts in his start menu etc. to complete the experience.
posted by blag at 6:00 PM on January 4, 2007

I uninstalled it without problems using System Restore. A restore checkpoint may have been created automatically when it was installed.

IE7 isn't "better" if it messes up your machine, as it did mine. There's a list of items that it doesn't play well with under the "Internot Explorers" heading here.
posted by Operation Afterglow at 6:12 PM on January 4, 2007

If IE "messes up" your machine when it's installed, your machine was most likely messed up before that. We just rolled it out to 13,000 employees without a single issue.
posted by Spoonman at 7:50 AM on January 5, 2007

Even if you can't uninstall IE7 you can always turn off the tabbing feature if that is what your boss is uncomfortable with.
posted by dgeiser13 at 9:40 AM on January 5, 2007

Response by poster: The uninstall worked like a charm! I was afraid he'd have nothing left, but it went right back to v 6.

Thanks for the guidance! Much appreciated!!
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 2:20 PM on January 5, 2007

My wife did the same thing. She's not very computer-familiar, so she wanted it reverted. Turns out the only thing she needed was the File, Edit... bar back, since that's the way she knows how to use IE. Maybe that will work for your boss, too.

And no, she has no interest in knowing anything about her computer, much as I might be itching to show her. She can do eBay and hotmail, and that's all that matters.
posted by ctmf at 2:22 PM on January 5, 2007

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