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.

  • 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
    Commented Aug 3, 2009 at 8:19
  • @alok, so what happened to IE7 then?
    – Arjan
    Commented Aug 3, 2009 at 9:37
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    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
    Commented Aug 3, 2009 at 10:45
  • @Arjan IE8 compatibility mode is IE7. Commented Aug 3, 2009 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.



  • will this work for window 7 ultimate ? Commented Sep 5, 2013 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.

  • Make it Community Wiki, then you don't get any upvotes.
    – malach
    Commented Aug 3, 2009 at 6:54

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
    Commented Aug 3, 2009 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: http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=21eabb90-958f-4b64-b5f1-73d0a413c8ef&displaylang=en and use it in a virtual machine.


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).


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.

  • I would definitely recommend IETester as the way to go. It's free, easy to install, and doesn't mess with your system. Ideal. Commented Aug 3, 2009 at 9:02

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


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


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



  • Link-only answers tend to become invalid when the pages they point to disappear. Can you expand your answer?
    – Heptite
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 6:22

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