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If you experience a recurring problem when you use Windows Internet Explorer, you may try to repair or reinstall the program to fix the problem. Although this may sound intimidating, this article offers the most direct, trouble-free methods to perform this task.

Repair Internet Explorer

You can reset the program settings to repair your Internet Explorer. For the steps to do this, see How to reset Internet Explorer settings  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923737/[anySimpleType]/ ) .

Reinstall Internet Explorer

Reinstall Internet Explorer in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

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Because Internet Explorer is now a Windows feature in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8, you can't uninstall it. However, you can turn it off. To do this, follow the steps in the "Turn off Internet Explorer" section in Install or uninstall Internet Explorer (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/internet-explorer/install-ie) .

After you turn off Internet Explorer and then restart your computer, Internet Explorer will be removed from your computer.

You can also turn the Internet Explorer Windows feature back on to reinstall it on your computer.

Additionally, you can use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833/ ) to validate the corresponding system files before you reinstall Internet Explorer.
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Reinstall Internet Explorer in Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP

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Step 1: Download the version of Internet Explorer that you are using
Go to one of the following Microsoft websites, as appropriate for the version of Internet Explorer you are using. (Help me determine which version of Internet Explorer am I using (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/internet-explorer/which-version-am-i-using) )
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Download pageApplicable operating system
Download Internet Explorer 11 (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/internet-explorer/ie-11-worldwide-languages)
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
Download Internet Explorer 10 (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/internet-explorer-10-details.aspx)
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
Download Internet Explorer 9 (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/internet-explorer-9-details.aspx)
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008
Download Internet Explorer 8 (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/internet-explorer-8-details.aspx)
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2003
Download Internet Explorer 7 (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/internet-explorer-7-details.aspx)
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2003

Step 2: Uninstall the version of Internet Explorer that you are using
Click the following link to see how to uninstall your Internet Explorer:
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VersionLink to the information
Internet Explorer 11How to uninstall Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7 (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/internet-explorer/install-ie#ie=ie-11-win-7)
Internet Explorer 10How to uninstall Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 7 (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/internet-explorer/install-ie#ie=ie-10-win-7)
Internet Explorer 9How to uninstall Internet Explorer 9 (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/windows7/how-do-i-install-or-uninstall-internet-explorer-9)
Internet Explorer 8How to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows-vista/uninstall-internet-explorer)
Internet Explorer 7How to uninstall Internet Explorer 7 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927177)

Step 3: Install the version of Internet Explorer that you downloaded
Tip After you reinstall Internet Explorer, run Windows Update to apply any available updates for Internet Explorer.
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More information


Applies to
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Windows Internet Explorer 9
  • Windows Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista
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