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How do I install Internet Explorer 6 as my default browser and remove Internet Explorer 8?

I need this because of the script in my course syllabus.

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I need this too because my intranet apps don't work on IE8, I need to move back to IE6. Compatibility mode doesn't cut it either. – alok Aug 3 '09 at 8:19
@alok, so what happened to IE7 then? – Arjan Aug 3 '09 at 9:37
What exactly does your script need to do that requires IE6? I ask because there may be alternatives and I'd hate for you to get misleading answers because we misunderstood what you needed to do... – AnonJr Aug 3 '09 at 10:45
@Arjan IE8 compatibility mode is IE7. – Richard Gadsden Aug 3 '09 at 12:13
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Uninstalling IE8 on Windows XP

  • Click the ‘Start’ Button –> ‘Control Panel’ –> ‘Add or Remove Programs’.
  • Find and select Windows Internet Explorer 8 from the list of software, click on the ‘remove’ button.
  • Restart Windows.

Removing IE8 on Windows Vista

  • Click the ‘Start’ Button –> ‘Control Panel’ –> ‘Programs’ (Programs and Features)
  • Select View installed updates
  • Find and select Windows Internet Explorer 8 from the list of available updates, click uninstall.
  • Restart Windows.

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How to Reinstall Internet Explorer 6 or 7?

  • After you restart your computer, open Internet Explorer. The icon is still on your desktop.
  • In Internet Explorer, go to ‘Help’ –> ‘About Internet Explorer’
  • If Internet Explorer 6 or 7 appears in the About Internet Explorer dialog box, then you’ve successfully uninstalled IE8.


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will this work for window 7 ultimate ? – rahularyansharma Sep 5 '13 at 2:29



To clarify: It's okay to install IE6 for testing purposes or the like. But that's probably best done in the sandbox of a VM. Do not make IE 6 the default browser on your machine. Nothing good can come out of that.

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Make it Community Wiki, then you don't get any upvotes. – malach Aug 3 '09 at 6:54
Yeah, I just realized that, too. Thanks. – balpha Aug 3 '09 at 6:57

IETester will do what you want ...

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However I would have a talk with your lecturer.

I would have serious concerns with any course syllabus that requires downgrading back to a browser that was released in 2002, because what they are teaching would no longer be relevant.

The syllabus should be updated to use a current version that confirms with ECMA standards.

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...and, as such, should not only be independent on the version of Internet Explorer, but be independent on the browser and OS to start with. – Arjan Aug 3 '09 at 9:36

If you are working under Windows 7 or Vista then there is no possible way to do this.

If you have Windows XP you should be able to uninstall IE 7+ via the "Add / Remove Software"-panel.

If you want to emulate IE6 you can do so by setting the Developer Tools in IE8 (you can access these tools by pressing F12 or navigating to Tools > Developer Tools) to "Quirks Mode".

I recommend, that if reeeally need to use the real IE6 (for testing your websites or something), download the Virtual PC HD image of Windows XP SP3 with IE6 installed: and use it in a virtual machine.

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You can install a virtual machine (for example, VirtualBox) with either a stock Windows XP (which comes with Internet Explorer 6) or Linux (and install IEs4linux).

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You can get all versions of Internet Explorer at Final Builds Site - IE Collection and have them installed at the same time, then choose your default or try Browser Compatibility Check for Internet Explorer Versions from 5.5 to 10.

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I would definitely recommend IETester as the way to go. It's free, easy to install, and doesn't mess with your system. Ideal. – Charles Roper Aug 3 '09 at 9:02

If you're on XP, you can install Multiple IE

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You should be able to go to the control panel - > Add Remove Programs

Find IE8 in the list and uninstall. This should roll you back to version 7. Go back to add/remove programs and uninstall IE one more time. This will roll you back to version 6.0 That is all there is to it!

Happy Hunting

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You can do this with ThinApp (and possibly few other similar app virtualization softwares).

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Link-only answers tend to become invalid when the pages they point to disappear. Can you expand your answer? – Heptite Apr 2 '14 at 6:22

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